Audi ETron Spyder review What Car?

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Audi E-Tron Spyder

What is it? This is the latest in a of Audi E-Tron concept This one is a plug-in hybrid, a twin-turbo diesel engine drives the rear wheels and two motors driving the front

It’s as wide as an R8, but significantly has an aluminium spaceframe structure and bodywork. Audi quotes an 128mpg and CO2 emissions of 59g/km.


A version hasn’t been but the E-Tron Spyder gives an into the styling and technology of Audi production models.

it like to drive? It’s obvious that this is a car, with a few rough and bodywork that creaks bumps. Audi engineers say a production version would a different cooling system and parts; it would also an S-Tronic semi-auto gearbox, than our car’s continuously transmission (CVT).

The limitations of the CVT ‘box (installed due constraints until Audi can find a solution) meant the car we drove wasn’t as powerful as it be, either. Normally, the mid-mounted twin-turbo diesel engine be good for 309bhp and 479lb ft of but that was restricted to 280lb/ft.

The two electric motors – which each of the front wheels – at full capacity, though, 260 lb/ft of torque the moment you put foot down.

Initial acceleration was pretty and there was a noticeable shove in the when the diesel engine in. With the right gearbox and torque available, Audi’s 0-62mph time of 4.4 seconds reasonable.

Currently the absence of any makes the E-Tron Spyder noisy. The whine from the motor isn’t loud, but the and whirring from the diesel turbochargers, intercoolers and cooling behind your head is; at the the E-Tron Spyder doesn’t especially sporty.

Our short wasn’t enough to reach a verdict on the E-Tron Spyder’s credentials, but suggested that it reasonably nimble and turns in to corners. The steering is light and of feel, though.

The ride is firm, partly due to alloy wheels and low-profile that are geared more show car looks than quality.

With such styling it’s easy to the E-Tron Spyder’s eco-friendly It’s able to run for 31km on power alone, at speeds of up to A production version of this would be able to do the same at up to Audi says.

What’s it inside? Stunning. The simple, design looks great and the – including lots of leather, and carbonfibre – are classy.

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Apart from a few details – and a stuffed with a makeshift of switches – it looks almost ready.

The wraparound windscreen isn’t — despite engineer’s best efforts to it in glass, the car currently has a thick version that gives a view out.

When can I buy You can’t. Not in this form, at That said, a new sports car possibly called R4 — will fit between the TT and R8 in the Audi is likely.

Audi is remaining but we’d be surprised if it didn’t within the next two years, styling – and technology – strongly by its E-Tron concept cars.

Audi engineers admitted to us a plug-in hybrid model is due in although it wouldn’t confirm that would be a sports or whether it would use the same as the E-Tron Spyder.

A production of the R8 E-Tron has been confirmed, It will be launched at the end of 2012 and is to change little from the car that was unveiled at the Frankfurt show in 2009. It’ll be by four electric motors – one for wheel – for a total output of

It’ll be priced above the R8 V8 models, so is likely to cost than £100,000.

Leo.Wilkinson@whatcar.com

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