The Audi R8 e-tron has for the second time, axed from Ingolstadt’s halo model lineup. After shifting just 100 units, the all-electric 456 hp Audi R8 will no longer be on sale.
Based on the second-generation R8 supercar, the updated R8 e-Tron was launched last year in Geneva. The fully electric R8 produces a mind bending 920 Nm of torque, which helps it propel from standstill to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds before topping out at an electrically governed 250km/h. It packs a 49 kWh lithium-ion battery and boasts a travel range of 450km. Power is delivered to the rear wheels, making this the only R8 that’s not a quattro.
Strangely, there’s no given reason from Audi on the R8 e-tron’s untimely demise. The first-generation R8 also had an e-Tron variant which debuted in 2009 but never made into production.
Ever since the dieselgate saga that started a witch-hunt for oil burners, manufacturers are jumping on the electric vehicle bandwagon. Audi’s exploits in the all-electric Formula E race series (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team) have proven that the Germans are indeed serious in the future of electric cars.
But one thing is for sure. These 100 R8 e-Trons will be an exclusive collector’s item in the years to come.