Audi R8 etron First Drive

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Audi R8 e-tron: First

Thanks to the combined efforts of like Tesla Motors, and others, the concept of an electric no longer seems as unlikely as it did.

Audi has now joined list too, with its R8 e-tron electric supercar .

The automaker invited us to the mighty Airport in Berlin to try the e-tron for

And while a spectacular car to drive, a run limited to ten examples and no chance of any going on sale have us feeling like a kid who’s handed a candy bar but told the shop itself will forever.

Under the skin

For a vehicle the R8 badge, it’s remarkable how of the regular Audi R8 actually in the e-tron.

From the top, you no get a V8 or V10 gasoline engine, motive instead supplied by two 140 kW (187 electric motors, with a torque output of almost 605 For comparison, an R8 V10 produces just 390

The only original exterior that remain are the door else is now lightweight carbon-fiber. the e-tron weighs 3.924

Where once there was a cover to display the R8’s is now a carbon-fiber panel hiding the battery pack, and the e-tron’s alloy wheel design self-closing carbon flaps to aerodynamics. Alongside a few more tweaks, aero drag has reduced by 0.02 for a drag of 0.27.

Changes continue out of springs are replaced with glass-fiber reinforced plastic units (resistant to corrosion, and the effects of road grime and cleaning products) and the rear hubs are now titanium.


Audi R8 e-tron track Berlin Tempelhof Airport

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On the

What does a relatively car with 605 lb-ft of torque like to launch? Surreal, and devastatingly quick all at once.

lacking the concept’s (and the regular R8’s) all-wheel traction is absolute and the e-tron from the line as if fired a slingshot. With no gearshifts to with the 4.2-second 0-62 mph is endlessly repeatable and acceleration unabated to the 80-or-so mph before the braking point.

Part of the surrealism is down to the relative silence, though a and not unpleasant electric hum can be heard hard acceleration, a noise audible outside the car.

The are equally powerful. In gentler retardation is handled entirely by the motor’s regenerative resistance, yet not know it with plenty of through the pedal.

Transition to friction braking is and response is fantastic—aided by the rear electronically-actuated calipers.

Incidentally, we told that the car’s braking is so effective that the R8 e-tron’s Nurburgring lap record year. its rear brakes so cool you could actually them—not recommended with brakes.

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