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Audi E-tron Spyder, an Flash Drive Car Review

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is it?

The Audi E-tron Spyder is a plug-in diesel-electric-hybrid concept car displayed at last year’s motor show .


The one-off car, built at Audi’s workshop in Ingolstadt over a of two months in mid-2010, previews a roadster expected to join the lineup as part of ongoing to provide the German carmaker a more sporting profile.

is official just yet, but officials suggest a production of the E-tron Spyder with a gasoline engine could sit the Audi TT both in position and acting as junior Audi R8 .

are being made on what the new car, tipped to wear the R4, will be based on and which Group company will be for its engineering. Suggestions are that the R4 be twinned with the rumored Porsche—the so-called 550—with likely to be shared between and Porsche. The two are working together on a SUV for Porsche known under the working name Cajun.

In form, the E-tron Spyder is around a unique aluminum gets an all-carbon-fiber body and chassis components from the TT RS front suspension) and the R8 (double-wishbone suspension). Together with the of the new model, Audi is also its latest concept to showcase a new powertrain tentatively set to appear as one of engine options on the replacement for the Q7 due out in

At 159.8 inches long, inches wide and 43.7 tall, the E-tron Spyder is inches shorter, 8.6 inches and 5.6 inches lower than the R8. By the TT roadster is 164.5 inches 72.5 inches wide and inches high. The original weight of 3,197 pounds was by 441 pounds, with the concept car the scales at 3,638 pounds.

For a concept car, the E-tron boasts truly impressive of build quality—on the outside, at Open up its rear bodywork, and you’re reminded it is a prototype. within the engine bay is a sea of electric and plumbing for the engine.

Among makeshift measures is the employment of two latches to hold the rear in place.

Power comes a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine producing 300 hp and 479 lb-ft of Additional performance is provided by a of brushless electric motors set up that provide 88 hp and 260 lb-ft of Together, the E-tron Spyder’s engine and electric motors a combined 388 hp and a mighty 739 lb-ft of but that latter figure is a misleading as it is not all available at once, instead on engine revs.

The reserves of the diesel engine originally planned to be channeled to the wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch located behind the engine. packaging concerns meant it was by Audi’s stepless Multitronic The pair of electric motors, drive through a single-speed to the front wheels, a layout gives the new Audi part-time drive.

Power for the motors is by a 9.1-kilowat-hour battery mounted the electric motors in the nose of the It is claimed to give the E-tron an all-electric zero-emissions range of 31 miles at speeds up to 37 mph. of the battery occurs via regeneration braking and trailing throttle, and by in to a wall socket.

In combined mode, the E-tron Spyder is capable of hitting 62 mph in just 4.4 and reaching a top speed limited to 155 that place it between the TT RS and the R8.

the E-tron Spyder not only on straight-line speed. It is, in theory at also incredibly frugal, a combined city/highway fuel of about 107 mpg. With a fuel tank wedged in the cabin and the engine, Audi the car could travel more 600 miles on a combination of both and electric power.

What is it like to drive?

See it up away from a motor-show for the first time, and the one thing really hits home is the Spyder’s aggressive stance. little in the way of overhangs and considerable relative to its length, the car has a wonderfully appearance that is enhanced by the (front) and 265/35 (rear) lurking underneath its huge houses. It might be a concept, but from a couple of design it looks ready for the showroom.

You the cabin through conventional doors, stepping over a sill and dropping down narrow, low-set seats only a minimal amount of but a good deal of side The dashboard is a horizontal plane of aluminum and carbon fiber. It is simple in design, eschewing a and switchgear for a clean and inviting that project leader Uwe says will be reflected on Audi models.

There’s not a lot to the E-tron Spyder’s potential you push the starter button—a whir of electrics from ahead, then silence Release the hand brake, brush the accelerator and you’re smoothly and on electric energy A more determined stab on the then prompts the diesel to fire with a startling of induction noise followed by a blare of exhaust out back.

It feels like a concept, is a nice way of suggesting there’s a way to go before the E-tron Spyder be considered production-ready. The steering, an arrangement from the A1, is devoid of feel. The carbon-fiber body in concert with the camber of the the front tires rub against the of the wheel arches when you more than a turn and of lock, and even innocuous-looking need to be approached with for fear of wiping the ultralow splitter clean off.

The top lip of the speedster-style windshield, which well around the sides of the also obstructs the view the road. The suspension, while lacks the pliancy to cope even the smallest of bumps. there’s something about the Spyder, even at 30 mph.

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The around which the car was conceived are Its relatively compact size and of overhangs allows you to confidently it in corners. The feet-out-in-front driving modeled on that of the larger R8, endows it with a satisfyingly feel that is enhanced by a steering wheel.

Urged to a bit faster, we give the accelerator a thorough nudge, at which the Spyder feels a lot less a brittle concept and more the car Audi clearly wants it to be. It up pace effortlessly once wound some meaningful into the diesel engine—anything 2,000 rpm is enough to clear the lag from the pair of turbochargers. But a CVT sending drive to the rear there’s no rise and fall in the as new ratios are introduced, merely a drone. As you come off the power, also loud vacuumlike from the turbo wastegates.

Nonetheless, it feels fast. And the are almost exclusively sporting.

so, we’re not about to go and push too First, there’s only one Spyder in existence, and we drove it on the day of a two-week presentation. Second, insured for $2.75 million. But a conceptual point of view, the two-seater feels convincing.

The are sound—just like those of a R8, in fact.

Do I want one?

one major limitation here—you buy this Audi. Not yet, at any

Still, Audi is crystal on its intentions, saying it is actively plans for a new sports-car model to by the E-tron Spyder concept. If the styled, mid-engine two-seater get the go-ahead, expect it to form of a joint venture project Porsche.

Audi sees its new car much as a baby brother to its R8 and suggests further conception, and development will be handled by its division, which on current is great news for performance-car

But with decisions still to be on whether the new Audi will be around an aluminum spaceframe that of the concept driven or a less expensive steel-based platform said to be favored by it won’t likely go on sale 2015 at the earliest.

There are questions about just engines we could expect to see in a version of the E-tron Spyder although Haller is full of for the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine the TT RS, which is good for 340 hp in its standard of tune. That’s the sort of we like.

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