End of the Road for the Audi R8 e-tron
October 15, 2016 5:00 AM
Audi R8 e-tron
Audi’s all-electric supercar has come to the end of the road after a very short production run. The R8 e-tron was planned as a limited-volume model and according to car and Driver, Audi less made than 100 of these cars. Sales were restricted to Europe.
Audi’s first attempt at the R8 e-tron ended in it being canceled in May of 2013 due huge price, high weight, and limited driving range. It was in March of 2014 that Audi decided to take another look at the electric supercar.
When the Audi R8 e-tron was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva auto show, it seems ready to take the road. This time it featured a 92-kWh e-tron 2.0 battery which gave it a range of 279 miles with outputs of 456 hp and 679 lb-ft of torque. Car and Driver reported that the price tag for the Audi R8 e-ton was a whopping $1.1 million.
Photo Source: Motor Trend
The R8 exterior bares a close resemblance to the original R8 with the 2016 R8 having a wider track by 1.6 inches. There are full LED headlights or laser high-beams which are only available in foreign markets.
Photo Source: Zercustoms
The R8 interior sports a virtual cockpit with a driver-controlled 12.3 display. Buttons on steering wheel or center console allow for adjusting of user preferences. Audi elected to drop the MMI monitor in the dashboard and opted for three specialized knobs for climate control.
Photo Source: Motor Block
Audi plugged the plug on the R8 e-tron to focus more on consumers are currently looking for. More focus is now on the development of its electronically powered production SUV. Audi Spokesperson Amelia Fine-Morrison pointed out that the SUV would be similar to the e-tron Quattro concept seen at Frankfurt.
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