Audi R8 e-tron – Live Images + Videos From 2015 Geneva Motor Show

MAR 4 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 1

Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

Here it is in the flesh on the floor of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The Audi R8 e-tron is a 280-mile electric, two-seat sports car.  It’ll be built to order, making it both rare and expensive.  Final pricing has not been announced.

Here are some additional detail on the electric R8:

The R8 e-tron achieves an electric range of 450 kilometers (279.6 mi) instead of a previous 215 kilometers (133.6 mi) with an energy density that has been increased from 84 Wh/kg to 154 Wh/kg and some other modifications to the car. The electrically powered high-performance sports car has the Combined Charging System (CCS) on board, which allows charging with direct and alternating current. Using this system, it is possible to fully charge the battery in significantly less than two hours.

The power is now twice 170 kW and the maximum torque twice 460 Nm (339.3 lb-ft). The R8 e-tron accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds on its way to an electronically restricted top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph) or 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Intelligent energy management and an electromechanical brake system enable high energy recuperation rates. Targeted torque vectoring – needs-based distribution of power transmission between the rear wheels – ensures maximum stability and dynamism.

Audi uses the electrical high-performance sports car primarily as a mobile high-tech laboratory. Accordingly, the findings from the R8 e-tron help in creating a vehicle with a sedan character. Upon customer request, the R8 e-tron will be available for order in 2015 as an electrically powered sports car in supreme hand-built quality.

Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

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I kind of liked the original R8’s looks better. In fact, I like the original a lot better. The squared-off edgy look with bright slats just takes my eye off of the original goodness the car projected.

From a functionality standpoint, they have been tweaking and tweaking the e-Tron R8 for what seems like an eternity. I’m sure it’s a blast to drive and will snap your neck with all-electric burst. Surely, it will have an enormous pricetag and possibly Elon will buy one – why not? He owns other Audis.

The other thing is – while not unattractive, this shape has been around awhile, and the rake of the windshield and entire shape of the vehicle makes it look like a Transformered-up version of what was an instant classic.

Great ( Audi always does great interiors ) interior though and surely astounding zip and grip.