Audi Spied Testing Electric E-Tron Quattro At Nürburgring

3 weeks ago by Chris Bruce 15

Audi e-Tron Quattro

Audi’s upcoming Tesla Model X competitor gets an aggressive workout on the famous circuit.

A new batch of spy photos indicates that Audi wants to be sure that the E-Tron Quattro electric crossover can perform in addition to being efficient. The pictures catch the sensor-laden EV at the Nürburgring and even show the driver sliding the tail.

Being a capable performance vehicle is important for the E-Tron Quattro because the Tesla Model X is its prime competitor. Making the challenge even higher, Elon Musk recently touted hits electric crossover’s ability to beat a Lamborghini Aventador SV in a drag race (of which one can watch that race here).

This E-Tron Quattro test mule looks the same as the previous development models. The only major change is that this one has sensors on each corner for monitoring the powertrain’s performance. Aesthetically, the example testing here also wears multi-spoke wheels rather than the previous five-spoke units.

Audi e-Tron Quattro

The E-Tron Quattro will use a 95-kilowatt-hour battery from suppliers LG Chem and Samsung SDI, and it’ll provide an estimated range of at least 311 miles (500 kilometers) in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standard (think more like ~250 miles real world).

At least in the concept, the crossover uses three electric motors ­­­– two at the rear and one in the front – with a total output of 435 horsepower (320 kilowatts). However, a temporary boost can take the output to 503 hp (370 kW).  Still with a 0-60 mph time just over 4 seconds (which is still very impressive), it won’t be taking down the top of the line Model X P100DL off the line; perhaps in the corners then?

Audi e-Tron Quattro

Audi will begin producing the E-Tron Quattro in 2018 at its factory in Brussels, Belgium. About a year later the company will add the E-Tron Sportback (full details) to the lineup, and the vehicle should come from the same plant. It’ll feature an arching roof and steeply raked rear end. Later, the firm will also add an electric sedan and city car to broaden the EV lineup.

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15 responses to "Audi Spied Testing Electric E-Tron Quattro At Nürburgring"

  1. F150 Brian says:

    Hopefully it’s not an unattainable rich boy’s toy like the Model X (~ USD $80K-$150K).

    2018 Q5 price +25% would be a much better target (~ USD $50K-$75K)

    1. jelloslug says:

      Highly unlikely.

    2. Another Euro point of view says:

      $50K certainly not, more likely around $75K I would say.

      No real need to rush this thing into production if the 350kwh charging stations network they were discussing about is not yet being deployed.

      1. ffbj says:

        78k, so you are pretty close.

        1. Tristan says:

          ffbj, where did you get that figure from ? I preordered the car, but can’t find reliable source for the price.

      2. Hart Ed says:

        Any word on how quickly this can be charged on the road? Are there going to be chargers our in the countryside, like Tesla, to go city-to-city? Without that, I worry that it might be a tough sell.

    3. floydboy says:

      So $80k is rich boy’s toy, but $75k is not? Yeah, I see what you did there.

      1. PHEVfan says:

        Judgemental much? Try again… He was comparing a hypothetical 50k base model vs 80k base Model X, and a 75k high end vs a 150k high end Model X.

  2. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Well, that looks expensive.. Once they put it on that rack, it is over… You can expect at least $50K.

  3. Steve says:

    Audi is in the business to extract profit. They are not in the business to transition the world to sustainable transport.

    Therefore – they will price this car as high as it can possibly be priced.

    Also, Audi’s current U.S. product roster supports a network of fat-cat dealerships, who are also in the business to extract profit, and enjoy doing lots of maintenance to the products they sell. You can guarantee that the U.S. dealerships will want to make sure there is as much “servicing and maintenance” that can possibly be done to these cars – even though Tesla has only one service per year, which is mostly an inspection and alignment.

    1. Derek says:

      Impressive, the car is a year away and you already know the servicing schedule. Very impressive.

    2. Al says:

      My first and last Tesla yearly inspection was $600 for a set of wiper blades.

    3. DJ says:

      So are we to believe that Tesla is not in the business of making profit?

      Because that is a load of BS. Companies should be in the mindset to make a profit. It is what spurs new companies to try. That is capitalism at its best.

    4. pjwood1 says:

      But you know what? Let’s recognize Tesla are the ones out to paint the human as a hazard, while Audi is out there sliding cars around in what is likely an effort to make an EV more fun. Is that so bad?

      Three electric motors may mean Audi is exploring the leap digital torque vectoring is, over “Quattro”. All the other hair on this company may extinguish this one virtue, that’s in their DNA. Doesn’t mean its bad.

  4. Jason says:

    Hope it looks a lot better with the Camo off, because it looks like a real boxy body in these shots.
    Audi is a premium luxury model where I live, so not expecting anything a normal person can afford. And there is no DCFC to speak of, so really a non starter regardless what brand it is.
    Tesla most likely to replace my Leaf.

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