Just like always Audi managed to attract a lot of attention for their R8 supercar that was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. What we liked even more is the fact that the 2017 Audi R8 e-tron has been unveiled alongside the petrol powered supercar and that its power and performances are quite comparable with many supercars available on the market.
This was a bit surprise since previous announcements suggested that electric and plug-in hybrid supercar R8 model will be introduced and offered after the launch of the gasoline powered version. When we add this to the equation that says the standard petrol powered supercar will come to dealerships during the summer of this year we can also expect to see 2017 Audi R8 e-tron offered pretty soon. There are no official reports but this could happen even before the end of this year or at the beginning of the next.
Main goal of the 2017 Audi R8 e-tron is to be a supercar but also to offer significantly lower level of pollution, even when we take into account that electricity that will be used to power this vehicle might not come from completely green sources. To be able to compete with powerful vehicles it will need to come with powerful powertrain and high capacity battery pack. All these features are delivered with the e-tron model of R8 and most drivers will be quite happy with performances.
Review Of 2017 Audi R8 e-tron
Previous battery pack offered only 49 kWh capacity and this is changed with a much larger 92 kWh battery that can propel this vehicle for about 280 miles on single charge. Range can be significantly lower if you push hard and drive this vehicle on track and similar conditions. Electricity is transferred to the powertrain that is capable of producing 455 hp and 679 pound-feet of torque that are available almost immediately. Higher capacity battery was needed so that you could drive it for longer time even at the speeds that are close to the max speed of 131 or 155 mph depending on the setup.
Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph is done in 3.9 seconds while the drag coefficient of just 0.28 helps out to be much more efficient, responsive and better on high speed runs. Power is delivered to the rear wheels and with integration of targeted torque vectoring it will always have optimal grip. Another thing that Audi offers with their electric supercar is the electromechanical brake system that will help you with the high brake regeneration rates allowing you higher level of braking and capturing of kinetic energy that would be otherwise lost.
There is no doubt that the 2017 Audi R8 e-tron is one of the leaders in the market segment. Another proof of this is the fact that it comes with Audi Space Frame platform that uses combination of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced polymer and plastic. All this sounds quite futuristic but simply explained it will allow Audi to significantly reduce total weight of the chassis and entire car while giving it even stronger base. Battery pack changes also brings improvements, new battery offers 154 Wh per kg while the older one came with 84 Wh per kg energy density. It is possible to put same amount of energy in much lighter and more compact pack.
2017 Audi R8 e-tron Price
Looking at the current market there are few vehicles that would be perfect competition to the 2017 Audi R8 e-tron or whatever it is called, depending on the year for which it is prepared. One of the fiercest opponents would be the BMW i8 while there would be few other models like Detroit Electric SP:01 that would be in same segment like this one. We can’t forget Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive even it comes with electric only powertrain and the Acura NSX. Another thing that we still do not know about this vehicle is the price. Since the standard R8 model comes with base price tag of about $120,000 we know that e-tron model will be more expensive but not sure for how much. Few reports suggested that it will go to more than $150,000 but we will deliver definite price when it launches.