Audi announced their new 610 HP Audi R8 last month and now the company is launching a more fuel efficient version of their R8 supercar, the Audi R8 E-Tron.
The Audi R8 E-Tron will come two electric motors which are mounted at the rear of the vehicle and produce a combined 459 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque.
This gives the new R8 E-tron a range of 280 miles and a top speed of either 130 or 155 miles per hour, it has a 0 to 62 miles per hour time of just 3.9 seconds.
The R8 e-tron achieves an electric range of 450 kilometers (279.6 mi) instead of a previous 215 kilometers (133.6 mi) with an energy density that has been increased from 84 Wh/kg to 154 Wh/kg and some other modifications to the car. The electrically powered high-performance sports car has the Combined Charging System (CCS) on board, which allows charging with direct and alternating current. Using this system, it is possible to fully charge the battery in significantly less than two hours.
The power is now twice 170 kW and the maximum torque twice 460 Nm (339.3 lb-ft). The R8 e-tron accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds on its way to an electronically restricted top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph) or 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Intelligent energy management and an electromechanical brake system enable high energy recuperation rates. Targeted torque vectoring – needs-based distribution of power transmission between the rear wheels – ensures maximum stability and dynamism.
Audi will be launching their new Audi R8 E-Tron later in the year, as yet the company has not revealed how much the electric engined version of their R8 will retail for.