The Audi company has introduced a new supercar, 2016 Audi R8 e-Tron. The first generation of the Audi R8 e-Tron was nothing more than a proof of concept in order to show people what Audi can do.
However, because there are not a lot more electric cars on the market and the technology advanced further than it was a few years ago, the 2016 Audi R8 e-Tron was finally released a few months ago and the result is a lot better than many people thought. Just like its name suggests, the R8 E Tron is in fact just an Audi R8 with electric drive instead of the conventional petrol powered engines.
2016 Audi R8 e-Tron Features
However, unlike some of its competitors, Audi did not want the E Tron R8 to have a range extender engine because it did not make much sense for them. Instead, the car is a fully electric vehicle which is far more impressive than any other car Audi released so far on the market. The car is already available for order while the deliveries will likely start some time at the end of the year. Its price has not been disclosed to the public for now but it seems that the car could cost around $40,000 more than the V10 version which is still great considering the V10 is one of the cheapest super-cars on the market.
Just as we previously mentioned, the 2016 Audi R8 e-Tron does not feature a petrol powered engine but rather two electric motors. Both of these have been installed on the rear axle, meaning that unlike all the other R8s, this is a rear wheel drive car. The electric motors can provide up to 456 horsepower and 679 lb-ft of torque meaning it can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds and it can go up to a limited top speed of 130 or 155 MPH, depending on the current driving model.
The electric motors are mated to a massive 92 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which is integrated into the carbon fiber cell in order to keep its center of gravity as low as possible. The pack is just as large as that of the previous generation but thanks to the improvements made to the batteries, it has almost double the capacity. This should allow the R8 to travel up to 240 miles on a single charge which only takes two hours thanks to a fast charging system. This will likely improve in the near future with software updates.
Design – Inside and Outside look
The exterior of the 2016 Audi R8 e-Tron has also been modified so it is now a lot more stylish as well as more futuristic. The front end is all new with new LED headlights and fog-lamps that imitate the intakes on the petrol powered car. The grille has been blanked out by a carbon fiber insert and there is only a small intake in the lower bumper which serves as the cooling for the battery pack. The car also features a splitter as well as cleaner back end with no exhausts pipes.
The wheels are all new as well and they were made specifically for it in order to be as aerodynamic as possible. In the back there is a new composite structure where the engine would be in order to absorb the shock in case of an impact.
Inside the cabin, the R8 e-Tron is very similar to the petrol powered counterpart having an identical dashboard and steering wheel. However, the instrument cluster seems to be a 10 to 12 inch fully digital LCD screen which is likely customizable to the driver’s liking. The center console on the other hand is very minimalistic in design and it only includes the two air vents and the air conditioning and infotainment system controls.