The Audi company “buried” electric supercar R8October 13, 2016
Audi has officially confirmed that the release of the supercar Audi R8 e-tron is discontinued. The electric version of the R8 second generation lasted on the small-scale assembly line a little more than a year – the new product was presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015. The reason for failure of the electric version – catastrophically low demand. The Germans say that they were able to sell the “less than 100 copies of”
In other words, the result is a sad but predictable – Audi R8 e-tron was only available to European customers, and the starting price was absolutely exorbitant – around 1 million euros. For comparison, the most powerful and fastest Tesla Model S, which spends acceleration to 100 km/h in about the same 3.9 seconds as the supercar from Audi, is roughly 7 times cheaper. Buying Scheme of e-tron was also too florid – to get this supercar, the customer would need to contact the headquarters of Audi directly, but people do not like such difficulties. As a result, spending money on maintenance of “fashion pants” to the R8 e-tron manufacturer no longer wants.
Recall that the Audi R8 e-tron second generation is driven by two electric motors with a total capacity of 456 hp (460 Nm) and a cruising range per charge is approximately 450 km. Lithium-ion batteries have been developed specifically for the Audi supercar and going directly to a factory Audi. By the way, the electric e-tron – is not the first unsuccessful experiment with supercar Audi R8 – the attempt to equip the first generation of this model, a powerful turbo diesel 6.0 liter V10 too was buried halfway to the conveyor.