Audi does make some decent exotic sports cars. I’m thinking of the R8 here. With green being the buzzword in the automotive industry these days, though, Audi is not behind in the race to come up with an electric vehicle of its own. And by the looks of it, this one is a stunner in the looks department.
The upcoming Audi e-Tron, which is actually based on the R8, runs on four motors–two on each axle, thereby making the e-Tron an all-wheel drive electric. The e-Tron’s motors produce 313 horses (not “under the hood,” I may say) and 3,319.03 lb-ft of torque, with a zero to 62 mph acceleration of 4.1 seconds. What are they planning to feed electric cars these days? Nuclear power?
The e-Tron can charge in as little as 2.5 hours on high-voltage outlets, and 6-8 hours on standard voltage outlets. The car can go up to 158 miles on a single charge. What’s ideal about the e-Tron is the excellent handling provided by the torque vectoring, meaning all four wheels provide traction for the best stability and control. Add to this the e-Tron’s mid-engine layout—with the 1,000 pound battery situated right behind the passengers—which provides a balanced ride.
Now what’s delicious about this car is that Audi seems to have given the concept car a makeover, from a fiery red at the Frankfurt Auto Show to a delectable orange at the LA Auto show.
There’s a two to three year waiting time before the e-Tron rolls out of production lines, though. Perhaps if I’ve got enough money stashed in the bank by that time I can afford one.