Here’s one of the Audi’s seven starlets at Switzerland. Showcased alongside the R8 V10 models at Geneva Motor Show, is the electrifying R8 e-tron. The R8 e-tron shares the R8 V10’s Audi Space Frame multimaterial construction, which provides maximum rigidity with minimal weight.
The styling has been tweaked slightly, which includes a blanked off section in the grille, increased amount of horizontal slats on the side intakes, distinctive side blades, a subtle rear spoiler, and a set of aerodynamic wheels.
What’s more significant is under the skin. This non-smoking full-electric R8 e-tron is said to produce a total of 456 hp and a whopping 920 Nm of torque. It will get from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and the top speed is limited to 210 km/h or 250 km/h.
Providing the energy is a T-shaped 49 kWh lithium-ion battery located along the center tunnel and behind the occupant cell. It allows the R8 e-tron to travel for up to 450 km, and it can be fully charged in less than 2 hours.
According to Audi, the R8 e-tron acts as a mobile high-tech laboratory, and the findings acquired will lend a hand in creating “a vehicle with a sedan character”. Could it be the A6 e-tron? We’ll have to wait for that.
Audi also revealed that the R8 e-tron is available for order upon request. They didn’t mention how much, but the R8 V10’s asking price in Europe starts from €165,000 (about RM670k). Given by the amount of tech the e-tron carries, expect a princely premium over its petrol-powered siblings.