We took a quick look at the all-new Audi R8 in our Geneva Motor Show exotic car photo gallery
, but the new supercar is definitely worth a deeper dive. That's because beyond the basic styling and engineering refresh, there's an all-new R8 model: the 455-hp (340-kW) e-tron. On paper, Audi's electric sports car bests Tesla with a claimed 279.6-mile (450-km) range and performance to match. Take a look at the world's latest high-performance EV, along with the new R8 V10 models.
First introduced into rally racing in 1980, Audi’s AWD Quattro system has become synonymous with all wheel drive performance. Its AWD activities have since shifted from that of a rally-only diet to the arena endurance racing in the form of the championship winning R18 e-tron Quattro. For 2014, the Le Mans champion is back to defend its title packing more than just new laser headlights
– it has a completely redesigned dual-hybrid system in hand.
As the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) ramps up, a number of manufacturers are back with subtle variations on previous ideas. Audi’s Allroad shooting brake concept is the latest e-tron concept to make its way to the show circuit, this time in the form of a 408 hp AWD hybrid crossover. Gizmag was there for its debut.
Audi’s digital rear-view mirror
, which made its debut in the R18 e-tron Quattro and R18 ultra race cars at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours
, is set to enter small scale production at the end of this year in the Audi R8 e-tron. Unlike previous rear-view mirrors from the likes of Ford
, which dedicate only a percentage of the mirror’s surface area to displaying vision from a rear-view camera, Audi’s digital rear-view mirror does away with the conventional mirror altogether.
Audi achieved another near perfect race result at the Le Mans 24 Hour today with the first victory of a hybrid vehicle and a stunning 1-2 for the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Both Toyota hybrids didn't finish and neither did the Nissan Delta.
One of the nice things about motorsport is its ability to put excellence in perspective. It hence reflects well on Audi that in debuting two race cars in the Spa Six Hour race yesterday, it achieved a rare perfect result. In fielding two each of the new Audi R18 ultra and R18 e-tron
(hybrid) quattro cars, the marque finished with a stunning 1-2-3-4. In the end, it was the diesel-only R18 ultra which prevailed over the R18 e-tron quattro diesel-electric hybrid by 46 seconds. All cars ran strongly, and the hybrids in particular will benefit from the outing, as the balance of the car with its electrically-driven front wheels is still far from optimal.
Audi has added to its e-tron series of electric and hybrid concept cars with the unveiling of the A6 L e-tron concept at 2012 Beijing Motor Show
. Joining the Frankfurt
, A1, Spyder
e-tron models, the A6 L e-tron concept is the company’s first luxury-class e-tron concept vehicle. Based on the new A6 L, it is a plug-in hybrid that boasts an electric-only driving range of 80 km (49.71 miles).
Audi has announced its new battery-electric Audi A3 e-tron
pilot program in the U.S. Set to take place in four pilot locations: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Denver, the program is designed to help Audi identify some of the opportunities and challenges luxury car buyers will face when purchasing an EV vehicle, and will study the effect of driving patterns and climate conditions on EV vehicles.
Until now, Audi’s e-tron
line of concept vehicles, including the e-tron Frankfurt
, e-tron Detroit
, and e-tron Spyder
, have featured highly desirable, albeit conventional designs reflecting Audi’s intention to put the vehicles into production over the next few years. With the latest e-tron branded concept vehicle intended purely as a technical study and not being based on any previous model the Audi designers have been freed up to make a departure from previous designs with the new Audi urban concept.
Audi's A3 e-tron concept to be shown at Auto Shanghai
for the first time today, is a plug-in hybrid technical study based on the company's four-seat RS 3 Sportback. It uses a turbocharged, direct injection, 211 hp, 1.4 litre TFSI unit and a 27 hp electric motor to give the E-Tron a top speed of 144 mph plus exceptional frugality and energy efficiency.