Audi R8 e-tron ceases production
Just 19 months after its official reveal, the Audi R8 e-tron has ceased production as the firm prepares for the arrival of its new electric range
The victim of a streamlining of Audi’s electric car operations, the R8 e-tron was conceived to act as a showcase for the German car maker’s battery technology and electrical system know-how prior to the arrival of a range of more practical EVs, including a production version of its e-tron quattro concept due in 2018.
With two electric motors producing a combined 456bhp and 679 lb ft, the rear-wheel-drive coupé has a claimed 0-62mph time of just 3.9sec.
A 92kWh lithium ion battery mounted within the centre tunnel and in what would be the engine bay in the 532bhp 5.2-litre V10-powered R8 provides it with a claimed range of more than 280 miles.
Audi won’t be drawn on how many R8 e-trons have been produced, although low demand meant it was only built to order on a special line at Audi’s Neckarsulm plant in Germany.
Earlier incarnations of the R8 e-tron based on the first-generation R8 were only developed to concept stage and weren’t offered for sale to the public.
Audi intends using the engineering and manufacturing capacity freed up by the ceasing of R8 e-tron production to focus attention more heavily on other electric car projects in a program chairman Rupert Stadler says will see it offer three new electric cars, including an SUV, saloon and hatchback, by 2020.