A little over a year ago Audi debuted its e-tron electric vehicle concept design. Fast forward to today and we’ve come to learn the auto maker is out with the next generation e-tron concept at the Paris Auto Show – the e-tron Spyder, said to be “the study of an open sports car.” Sounds intriguing.
The Audi e-tron Spyder is equipped with a 221-kW (300-hp) twin-turbo V6 TDI at the rear axle and two electric motors producing a total of 64 kW at the front axle. It accelerates to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 4.4 seconds, and top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The concept study is said to require an average of just 2.2l diesel/100 km (106.92 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 59 g/km (94.95 g/mile). A range of more than 1,000 kilometers is possible with the 50-liter (13.21 US gallons) tank.
From a design concept, the Audi e-tron Spyder is not a sore sight to see. It measures 1.81 meters (5.94 ft) wide, just 4.06 meters (13.32 ft) long and only 1.11 meters (3.64 ft) in height. Because of its short wheelbase of only 2.43 meters (7.97 ft), Audi believes the body of the e-tron Spyder comes across as extremely stocky. Elements borrowed from race car design outfit this two-seater concept with ideas such as frameless side glass surfaces that taper downward toward the rear to form “a unit with the windshield, which is strongly bowed and inclined like the visor of a helmet” and a “wide central air inlet, whose curve further accentuates the dynamics of the car’s front end and provides a visual and functional link to the Audi R8 LMS customer race car.”
On the interior the cockpit is oriented towards the driver but, instead of the classic instrument cluster, the concept car is, according to Audi, “equipped with a large, display with integrated MMI functions and flanked by two round dials. The MMI can be controlled via a touch-sensitive control panel on the steering wheel – an element inspired by modern smartphones. It can also be controlled via the MMI control unit (MMI touch) on the center console. The steering wheel itself is clearly flattened off at both the top and bottom, in a clear reference to motor sport. Speed is displayed in digital form only. The dial instrument with information about the drive system can be chosen via the menu item ‘Drive.”