In the past few months the Audi R8 e-tron was up and down so many times that we lost count. Today British magazine AutoCar reports that the R8 e-tron will be built after all, but only for internal testing and development. Audi will build a total of ten units, but none of these units will be offered to customers.
It looks like this decision was made because the battery technology hasn’t advanced as fast as Audi expected and in the same time the production cost is still very high making the R8 e-tron unviable for series production. While this is an official statement coming from the company, other rumors suggest that Audi is not also very happy with the limited range and long charging times offered by the current battery technology.
Even so, Audi declared in many times that it “acquired extensive expertise that will benefit its electrified production models.”
The Audi R8 E-tron is powered by four electric motors – two on the front and two in the rear axles. This system delivers a total of 313 hp and 3,319 pound-feet of torque and will sprint the car from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 124.27 mph.
The power for the electric motors will be supplied by liquid-cooled, lithium ion batteries which can be powered by your household current of 230 volts/16 amperes. Charging time is about 6-8 hours when the battery has been completely depleted and goes down to about 2.5 hours when high voltage is used. These charged up motors offer an autonomy of 155 miles.