The Audi R8 e-tron makes its official debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show where it shows the other side of the new Audi R8, the electric variant. We would like to know if the word tron has anything to do with the movies? Please let us know in the comments. Aside from the standard V10 Audi R8 and the R8 LMS race car, we get the R8 e-tron.
The new 2nd generation Audi R8 e-tron is the successor of the previously failed e-tron 1st generation R8, which did not manage to make it into production due to lack of technology back then. But now with all the electric advancement and the success of newcomer Tesla, Audi is serious about making the R8 e-tron a reality and is indeed selling it to the public pretty soon.
The Audi R8 E-Tron will get a T-shaped lithium-ion battery (Thanks to tesla’s inspiration) structurally integrated behind the occupant cell and into the center tunnel. The battery has about 92-kWh capacity which should get you about 280 miles of driving range, while it can be full charged in two hours tops. But you may be saying to yourself, a battery means more weight? You’r right, Audi went ahead and used more carbon fiber in the construction of the 2016 Audi R8 E-Tron to offset some of that added fluff.
The Audi R8 E-tron is expected to make 456 hp and 678 pound feet of torque from the electric motors available, while power is delivered to the rear wheels only for efficiency. The e-tron fails to perform interesting numbers with 0-62 mph time 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph with the availability of targeted torque vectoring. Tesla Model S anyone?