Just 265 miles of range on a single charge? Meh. That's what the folks at Audi might be saying about the Tesla Model S and its estimated range. Because the German automaker says the next iteration of the R8 E-Tron could go 450 kilometers on a charge, or about 281 miles. This information comes from Automotive News, which cites a presentation from Audi technology chief Ulrich Hackenberg at the company's annual press conference.

The fact that the car will soon be available "upon request" is also news. The project was thought to be shelved until reports came out late last year saying that Audi figured out a way to upgrade its lithium-ion battery technology to double its range. Audi spokesman Brad Stertz said the company wasn't disclosing details related to if or when the car would reach North America or how much it would cost (we're guessing a really large number of dollars) but he did say it was notable that the project was back on track.

Audi made news in the summer of 2012 when the R8 E-Tron set the "series production electric car" speed record with a 8:09.099 minute-time at Nürburgring thanks to a boosted top speed of more than 155 miles per hour.


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      goodoldgorr
      • 7 Months Ago
      I should have bought tesla shares last year so I could afford to buy this e-tron. I will try my luck with hydrogen tech instead maybe, plug power shares jump from 0.15$ to 11.62$ so im late on that too.
      itsme38269
      • 7 Months Ago
      Can you please stop publishing this nonsense? Audi is so full of ****, and none of us should believe that any of these cars will ever exist until they do. And until then, everyone needs to ignore them entirely. This is never going to happen. I will bet money.
      CaptTesla
      • 7 Months Ago
      Another great city car, because what will they do for long range driving? Not worth the effort for other car manufacturers to build their own supercharger network., audi inlcuded. So this thus becomes another city EV, with very slow,charging for highway travel.
      PeterScott
      • 7 Months Ago
      Audi can give their imaginary e-tron line whatever specs they want. Someday if Audi actually decides to build an actual production EV, then things like price point, range and speed around the ring will be much harder to accomplish.
      paulwesterberg
      • 7 Months Ago
      Everything else is true. Dan just throws that in there because he likes the downvotes.
      • 7 Months Ago
      hey guys, watch this http://www.rimac-automobili.com/concept_one/specifications-10 and you will see the real breakthrough, made by Croatia
        paulwesterberg
        • 7 Months Ago
        I love their specs: > Range: up to 600 km (realistic range – 500 km) It is like they are saying: Ok, ok you're right 600km is a total lie, would you believe 500km!?
      FREEPAT75014
      • 7 Months Ago
      Woaoooo ! This now really looks like the EUROPEAN CAR OF THE FUTURE, after all German cars fans like me thought AUDI had let down all initial lovers of its fabulous eTron concepts ! This type on men's battery, with an ICE engine on top, so we can also go on vacation with that EV... Is exeactly what is needed. Now Audi you need to move a part of that techno ot a real Q4/Q6 or Q5 SUV, keep same battery, and all electric power train, and move to a downsized 4 or even 3 x cylenders ICE engine, only used a power generator to provide electricity to the engines and/or the battery when needed for long trips... And make that fit into my MAXIMUM €60K budget and available end of this year or early next year, and I'll move from my beloved BMW 530DA to this Plug In Hybrid Q4/Q6/Q5 REAL CAR OF THE FUTURE....
      Levine Levine
      • 7 Months Ago
      When the object of desire is publicity, Audi is a ***** for it. Audi is infamous for conjuring publicity stunts by unveiling new sheet metal layered on top of heavy iron, large displacement ICE. These concoctions are merely to gather eye balls, not for mass production or even prototype. Like an old beat-up ***** addicted to Crack that promises another feel-good, Audi's addiction to tricks are revolting and disgusting.
      GoodCheer
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think at this point, to make a go of it in America at least, it's either got to be i) Supercharger compatible or ii) a PHEV, or iii) in the price range of a Leaf.
        paulwesterberg
        • 7 Months Ago
        @GoodCheer
        Yea, great range gets you nowhere without a fast charging infrastructure. The infighting over standards is really going to hurt the other manufacturers.
      dan.frederiksen
      • 7 Months Ago
      Such BS from the third reich. Available upon request is no doubt code for ridiculously expensive. Signifying a rather total failure to follow Tesla. Not doing an EV would have been more dignified. The R8 which they so pathetically cling to is an incompetent vehicle. A product of old thinking. Of course so are Teslas, they just solve it by loading it up with a ridiculous amount of batteries. And Audi has decided to follow suit but without caring about the price because in their mindlessness they hunger for an excuse to refuse the EV. And on top of the pile of manure they figure it's a good opportunity for a bit of lying, pretending they have somehow discovered a new type of battery allowing longer range... As if Audi is still in the game. And the incompetent auto journalists buy it hook line and sinker. They are conditioned well. Believing that making accurate observations is a cardinal sin. You are only allowed to relay what your masters tell you. And the petty sheepish masses vote me down for telling the pertinent truth. What a world.
        Aaron
        • 7 Months Ago
        @dan.frederiksen
        "Third Reich"? Really? And you don't expect to be downvoted for that?
      Marco Polo
      • 7 Months Ago
      Sensational car, with sensational EV range and performance. So what if it's expensive and '' built to order" ? The Audi R8 E-tron wasn't created to be a commuter car, or transport to work. It's created for those individuals who have sufficient disposable income that they don't really care about the price. If that's a problem for some people, well just get over it . That's life ! The publicity generated by such exotic vehicles, is great for the image of al EVs . For those fortunate enough to be able to afford to "request" the R8 E-tron, the pleasure in owning such a vehicle is well worth the price.
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