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Exclusive drive: Audi R8 e-tron


Potential punters of this £850,000 plus all-electric supercar will be disappointed that they cannot walk into a local Audi dealership, count out the deposit and be a proud owner of one of the most rapid battery-powered machines on the market. That’s because the R8 e-tron will not go into production but, despite this, the German marque invited a select few to a closed airport in Berlin to try out their innovation, which pushes the boundaries of electric propulsion.

Some will recognise the familiar body shape but this can’t be seen as simply an R8 with an electric motor and an enormous battery pack. Audi engineers have rebuilt the machine from the ground up and that means liberal use of carbon fibre throughout the driver’s cell and chassis, lightweight aluminium used in the underpinnings and even the replacement of the rear window with a carbon fibre screen. Extreme weight saving has been the name of the game, shedding any excess pounds to balance out the colossal weight of the massive battery pack and electric motor.

What’s under the bonnet?

Replacing the normal 4.2-litre V8 or the more potent 5.2-litre V10 of the standard R8 is a mammoth 48.6 kWh battery cell which is mated to two electric motors that develop 280 kW (380bhp) and an astonishing 820 Nm torque. The abundant use of carbon fibre means that performance remains fiery; the e-tron accelerating to 62mph from a stand still in just 4.2 seconds that’s two tenths of a second faster than the 4.2-litre V8 version.

What’s the spec like?

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This car isn’t for sale so specification opportunities are slim. Saying that, the interior is as plush, if not slightly more special than the standard R8. Carbon fibre grab handles inside the doors look exquisite while the ‘power dial’ that sits in place of a standard rev needle adds an element of Star Trek to the whole thing. Thanks to the lack of rear windscreen glass, the German marque has had to come up with a clever solution to the standard rear-view mirror. In its place sits a crystal clear AMOLED display that projects the view sent from a rear-facing camera.

Very cool.

It came as quite a shock when Audi said they weren’t going to put their flagship, all-electric supercar into production, especially as Porsche has revealed its plug-in hybrid 918, McLaren has the P1 and Ferrari utilises battery power in the LaFerrari. It means customers looking for alternatively powered performance cars must gravitate towards these brands or, if they are … set on all-electric propulsion, will have to make do with the comparatively underpowered Tesla Model X or a second-hand Tesla Roadster.

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