Embrace your inner racing child, while being nice to the environment. Audi’s built-to-order 2016 R8 e-tron supercar is finally here. Iron Man not included.
Story By: Christian Keith
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According to Car and Driver the R8 e-tron 2.0 is fitted with a T-shaped lithium-ion battery shoehorned into the center tunnels and behind the passenger cell. It is a a rear-wheel-drive and can run a full 280 miles on an electric charge producing 456 horsepower and 679 lb-ft of torque, pushed through a single-speed transmission.
Don’t worry my fellow R8 fans, it can hit 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds, with a top speed at 155mpg.
Visually stunning, the R8 e-tron is differentiated from the regular R8 by it’s slimmer tires and small rear spoiler. The front intake is covered with carbon-fiber inserts.
Overall the look is slightly more futuristic then the traditional R8’s you’ve come to know and similar to the original prototype. Inside the R8 e-tron is nearly unchanged from the gasoline-powered version.
Audi says the R8 e-tron is a rolling laboratory designed to gather data that will be used to create a vehicle that targets the Tesla Model X.
Expect the R8 e-tron version to run you about $140k. Deliveries started this year, but it’s not available for the U.S. Market just yet.