Audi may revive R8 E-Tron electric carFebruary 16, 2021
Audi CEO Markus Düsmann in a recent interview with Top Gear said he believes in the brand’s future in the electric car segment, so he allows the R8 E-Tron model to be revived or another such electric car.
“The idea with the R8 E-Tron is not original, and it is impossible to completely rule out the possibility of continuing work on this model, since we may well resume them,” said Duesmann.
Recall that the presentation of the original R8 E-Tron took place in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show. The car had a 2-engine layout with a capacity of 456 hp. (920 Nm). The weight of this car was 1840 kilograms. It is worth saying that the sales of this model turned out to be a failure: the German brand was able to sell less than 100 units in all the time. In addition, the cost of the electric car was quite high – 1,000,000 euros.
After that, the German manufacturer decided to discontinue production of the R8 E-Tron until more advanced battery systems appeared, since the main problem was the high cost of a kilowatt of battery.
Duesmann, in particular, shared details about the Audi Artemis project. According to him, this is an electric car with a new on-board network and a fourth-level autopilot system.
In addition, it was recently reported that the Audi car brand has unveiled a new electric car, the E-Tron GT. It is worth saying that this new model of the German auto company is equipped with a battery with a capacity of 93.4 kW / h.
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