Earlier this year, Elon Musk unveiled the P85D and impressed the world with the 3.2 0-60 capabilities of the all-electric four-door Tesla sedan. At one point, Tesla was the only game in town. Then, Nissan, GM, and Ford got into the electric game, and now you can add Audi to that list.
Meet The Audi R8 E-Tron
Beginning with the 2016 model year, consumers will be able to request an all-electric version of Audi’s premiere supercar – the Audi e-tron R8. Those lucky owners that take delivery of a the e-tron version of the Audi R8 will be treated to special body enhancements that bring the drag coefficient to 0.28. For reference, the McLaren P1 achieves a coefficient of 0.34, while the 2015 Corvette Z06 starts in the 0.37 range.
As we’ve commonly seen from all-electric vehicles, the top speed won’t quite reach the 200+ MPH figures we are accustomed to with their combustion engine cousins. Top speed will be restricted at approximately 155mph. Additionally, Audi R8 e-tron will sprint from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds (the 2015 LMX V-10 R8 does it in 3.2, as does the Tesla P85D).
In terms of electric charge, the R8 will come packed with an impressive battery. It will have a range of 280 miles, and be able to reach a full charge in just 2 hours. Not bad.
The Audi E-Tron R8 And Its Two V10 Cousins
If the electric version isn’t your thing, Audi has you covered. They’ll also be offering two naturally aspirated V10 models: one with 540 horsepower, and the other with 610. The electric version, as well as both V10’s, will use the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan. If you just can’t wait a year to lay your eyes on one, hop a plane to France, where the Audi e-tron R8 will be on display for all to see.