Audi R8 e-tron Test Drive Review

MAR 17 2015 BY MARK KANE 13

Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

Autocar is one of the first publications to test drive the 2015 Audi R8 e-tron prototype that was unveiled in Geneva.

Audi increased power and battery pack energy, which finally makes the R8 e-tron ready for production in late 2015.

Two electric motors with a total 340 kW and 920 Nm of torque are able to accelerate the car from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds, or 0.7 seconds slower than the ICE version of the R8.

One of the first things that conspicuous inside is a big red button within the center console to passenger catapult activate a sound generator of the 5.2-liter V10 direct-injection gas engine from the R8!

There is also a 6.8-inch AMOLED monitor in place of a rear-view mirror – good to have as rear window is blanked off.

Enlarged battery capacity stands at approximately 91-92 kWh, enough to go 450 km onn NEDC (280 miles). According to Autocar, after 143 miles of testing in the city, the car showed 70 miles remaining.

Interesting is that Audi choose to go Tesla’s way with 18650 lithium-ion battery cells using 7,488 of them in 52 modules.

“There is an agreeable amount of feedback from the electro-mechanical steering system and superb traction thanks to the use of a torque vectoring system, that splits the drive between the individual rear wheels. The handling is satisfyingly neutral, too.

The R8 e-tron corners eagerly with responsive turn-in traits, impressive grip and outstanding body control. Predictably, given the car’s weight, the ride is rather firm. However, there is sufficient wheel travel to ensure it never feels uncomfortable.”

“On a run of 143 miles over urban streets, secondary roads and motorways, we used just three-quarters of the available electricity, averaging 19.9kWh per 100km (62 miles). At the end of the journey the range-to-empty readout was showing 70.2 miles, suggesting Audi’s revised 249-280 miles range claim is within reach.”

Source: Autocar

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13 Comments on "Audi R8 e-tron Test Drive Review"

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So they’ve installed a big red moron button in the center console?

Sooner or later, they’ll realize electric is better and drop the nonsense of artificial noisemakers.

The big red button left me scratching my head. I’m trying to figure out how anyone in EV marketing thought this would be a good idea.

It’s like a horse buggy manufacturer deciding to build a car and put a record player in it to mimic the sound of horse shoes trotting down the path (clip clop clip clop).

Did they poll current R8 owners and sarcastic remarks about no obnoxious howling v10 made it into their design? I would submit current R8 owners aren’t necessarily the E-Tron’s target market and Audi should be talking to current Model S owners before degrading a $100+K car with an obnoxious red ghetto button in this beautiful high end sports car.

They know their current market well, it is just a question of how quickly that changes… You see, most of the buyers of this sort of sports cars are men indulging the ten year of boy still inside. Ten year olds boys are impressed with engine noise.

Eventually the rational side of most potential customers will be won over by quiet power, but not immediately, so this is a hedge. A giant, ugly, gaudy, tactless hedge, but still only a temporary measure.

At least that’s how I hope this plays out…

The 10 year old boy inside this old man grew up watching Star Wars and other classic sci-fi movies, give me Tie Fighter electric motor noise over revving engines every time!
Maybe reconfigure the big red button for a sarcastic Leia “Would it help if I got out and pushed?” soundbite.

Interesting is that Audi choose to go Tesla’s way with 18650 lithium-ion battery cells using 7,488 of them in 52 modules.

This is only way for EV

It has a NOSECONE, too! 😀

@ Evfans
The new Tesla battery isn’t an 18650.

EVFan only meant Audi is also using the same battery form factor as Tesla’s current EVs. I also agree that it’s interesting they made that choice, instead of a prismatic / pouch style cell.

He never mentioned “new”… You did.

So 3 years plus after Tesla released the Model S, Audi has succeeded in building a made to order, super low volume, electric sports car, with about the same range and energy efficiency as Model S, but far lower volume and nothing like as practical. While I commend Audi for trying, this really demonstrates exactly how far behind the other car manufacturers really are!

+1

Note that electric version has significantly slower acceleration than ICE version. Because Audi thinks that electric cars must be inferior to their gasoline counterparts.

And where the heck is AWD? It does not make any sense to introduce non-AWD electric cars into any price category, because AWD offers superior handling and acceleration and with cheaper costs. Efficiency is improved and also there is less tyre wear.

Audi Roadster P92D

hmmm… Think I misread the part about 2 motors. Both motors are in the rear?

Audi Roadster P92