Audi has always tried to sustain the market’s interest on their new R8 e-Tron. They had even brought in a near-production model to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. They called it the “technology demonstrator” and showed off its four electric motors and a new exterior design. The pre-production model we saw featured a new grille, new carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, new rims, LED lights, and, as the most impressive addition, a highly ventilated hood.
Now a photograph claiming to show the interiors of this masculine vehicle is out and though the picture isn’t clear, it is always nice to see an Audi, right?
The Audi e-tron is powered by four electric motors, one for each wheel, with a total output of 313 horsepower and a whopping torque of 4,500Nm.
The e-tron is able to accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 200km/h. The e-tron could travel up to 250km on a single charge.
Compared to the R8, the full electric concept is distinguished by a ventilated hood, a revised grille and additional carbon fiber accents on the outside.
On the inside, there is no handbrake, but there are a new central control unit for the MMI multimedia system, a new multifunctional steering wheel and new controls behind the steering wheel.
Having the exterior design of the car already completed and in a supercar form, it seems like it had been an easier job for the Audi engineers to develop an electric version than having to start from scratch.
The mid-engine design of the R8 provides the perfect location to store heavy batteries without distorting the weight balance that Audi wanted to achieve. This electric version should be able to compete on the same levels as its V8 and V10 brothers. Look at the image above and tell us your thoughts.