Following years of speculation – and hope – Audi’s project known as the R8 e-tron, of Iron Man 3 fame, will finally reach limited production. Yes, this all-electric vehicle will take the leap from the movie screen into manufacturing to make the Porsche and McLaren’s supercar hybrids antiquated. At its annual press conference, Audi announced that it will produce the R8 e-tron; however, only a limited number will ever touch the asphalt.
In a recent press release, the Board of Management of Audi AG determined that these all-electric supercars will only be manufactured upon request. It went on to state that the automaker intends to “make intensive use of the next generation of the R8 e-tron as an open technology carrier and working instrument for our engineers to test and further develop technologies for the future.”
The German automaker had declined to bring the R8 e-tron to fruition, so many have asked why it had a sudden change of heart.
Audi’s previous iteration of the R8 e-tron only mustered a range of 130 miles, which did not come close to meeting expectations or standards. Since a complete battery redesign, the range more than doubled to 280 miles. It accomplished this without compromising on performance – keep in mind that all Audi engineering is uncompromised (just look at the all-new A3).
Many people share the common misconception that an all-electric vehicle is merely a lamb among lions. The Audi R8 e-tron at 4,000 pounds, can generate 376 horsepower and more than 500 pound-feet of torque, which allows this beast to blaze to 60 MPH in 4.2 seconds. This is no meek lamb – it is the alpha of the pack.
This battery technology, with its vast range and overwhelming power, indicates to us that Audi’s future electric car lineup may well be unparalleled on the market.