2013 Audi R8 Etron first drive What Car?

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2013 Audi R8 E-tron drive

The Audi R8 E-tron is the pinnacle of Audi’s research and into alternatively powered

It’s an R8 Coupe powered by a 49kWh battery, which two electric motors located on the axle. These produce a 375bhp.

Audi had originally to put the R8 E-tron into production, but has decided there’s an insufficient case, despite Mercedes’ unveiling of an all-electric SLS.

says that each of the 10 E-trons currently cost than €1 million to create.

the 2013 Audi R8 E-tron to drive?

Our drive was restricted to a period on track, but it gave us a to test the E-tron’s performance and capabilities.

Producing 605lb ft of torque a lot of batteries, so it’s no surprise the tips the scales at 1780kg – more than a V8-powered R8.

said, Audi has had to work to keep the disparity at 200kg. For the body is totally new and built aluminium and carbonfibre.

Handling is by arranging the batteries in a T-shape, also keeping them low and located for the optimum balance and of gravity.

Virtually all the torque from standstill, and the E-tron can from 0-62mph in just 4.2 and on to an electronically limited top speed of

Another departure from the R8 is that power is sent to the rear wheels. The revised helps to keep body under control, but it’s the of onboard electronics that conceal the E-tron’s extra

Left in ‘Efficiency’ or ‘Auto’ the stability control system is to sort out any wheel slip, but to ‘Dynamic’ reduces the system’s just enough to let you have fun. This more mode also sharpens the response and weights up the steering.

The feels best in this setting and is consistent and accurate. the E-tron doesn’t feel as sharp on turn-in compared its petrol-powered counterpart.

Stopping is as effective, though. The E-tron the stopping power of its energy-recuperation with that of ceramic to bring you to a standstill surprisingly

Whichever mode you’re in, the torque vectoring system a great job of helping you corner as as possible. It actively brakes the rear wheel while power to the outside one.

Two paddles sit either side of the wheel, but the single-speed E-tron no gearchanges. Instead, the paddles you to adjust the aggression of the energy-recuperation

Our super-smooth track drive give us a chance to assess the ride, but while there was wind noise at speed, the of an engine note meant noise was a constant companion.

the 2013 Audi R8 E-tron inside?

One of the main weaknesses of the R8 is its infotainment system, which is to show its age as fresher competition the market.

However, the E-tron is it has the very latest version of MMI system, which looks and far better, and also incorporates the selectable drive modes and information.

Also new is the chunky metal – although this doesn’t change gear, it allows you to ‘drive’, ‘neutral’ or ‘reverse’.

Audi R8 e-tron

The compartment that contains the is sealed – meaning there’s no window – so Audi has fitted a camera, which shows the on a screen and takes the place of a rear-view mirror.

The dials changed, too; they now the amount of charge left in the and how much power is being by the electric motors. Between the is a small colour screen where the power is being

To round things off, the Alcantara-covered sports seats are the design as those in the regular R8, but are from lighter carbonfibre, the cabin also gets red on the doors and dashboard.

Should I buy one?

You can’t, but the R8 is more than capable of any negative perceptions you may have electric cars.

It looks and is great to drive, while the upgrades make it feel modern than a petrol-powered R8.

The could even fit into life reasonably easily, it’s charged via either the (12 hours) or by using a special DC which takes less an hour.

That said, a range of 134 miles between would have been a stumbling block for many

The E-tron, therefore, remains a impressive showcase of future that will no doubt their way into more Audis of tomorrow.

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