Electric Audi R8 etron Back On Production Track
Autocar is reporting that the previously shelved, all-electric Audi R8 etron now will be built, albeit in limited numbers now that its short battery range issue appears to have been solved.
The battery-powered sport coupe was placed in production limbo after concerns were raised that its 215km (134 miles) range wouldn't make it competitive. Improved lithium-ion cells in the car's 48.6kWh battery pack are now giving it a range up to 400km (248.5 miles), putting it in the same class as Tesla's Model S.
The carbon fiber and aluminum bodied car weighs just under a 1000 lbs. less than the Model S. The electric drive system is rated at 280kW (376 hp) and 605 pounds-feet torque, delivering zero-to-100 km (62 mph) acceleration is 4.2 seconds. Top speed is 124 mph.
No price or availability information is available at this time.
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