Germans from Audi have tried to release the new Audi R8 e-tron for quite some time now, but last October they have announced a halt. Of course, this did not stop them from releasing new details on it and here they are. According to one Audi official, the new model is a hi-tech laboratory on wheels that comes in very helpful with the future series-production projects of the company. Unfortunately, the manufacturer did not make public the cause that stayed in the way of the 2012 launch. Even so, they did confirm the rumor according to which the new model will share nine exterior body parts like the doors, mirror housings and windshield with the standard production model, the R8. The new Audi R8 e-tron features a number of bespoke components including carbon fiber reinforced plastic body panels and special LED taillights.
For the interior, the engineers have provided a revised center console and a bespoke gear knob, leather seats, carbon fiber trim, but also an MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch display and a digital rearview mirror.
Under the hood it hides a 48.6 kWh lithium-ion battery which powers two electric motors. Together, the two can produce a combined output of 381 horsepower and 820 Nm of torque. This output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and to reach an electronically limited top speed of 200 km/h. You should also know that it can travel 215 km on a single charge. The owner can recharge the battery in around 12 hours with a 230V outlet. The battery pack can be equipped with a number of lightweight components like glass-fiber reinforced polymer springs, titanium wheel hubs, but also a CFRP / aluminum anti-roll bar. The bad news is that the model will not hit production as planned.
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