Audi R8 e-tron no longer going on sale

According to reports from both Wired and Engadget, the Nurburgring record setting Audi R8 e-tron is no longer destined for sale.

Citing concerns, such as range, Audi is apparently pulling the plug (sorry we couldn’t resist) on R8 e-tron sales. Instead, the company will make a limited number of R8 e-trons and use them for internal evaluation purposes. The company will now focus on plug-in hybrids. Technology, such as the 7.7-inch AMOLED reversing screen, will apparently turn up in other Audis.

For the record the R8 e-tron features two electric motors, there are two electric motors generating a total of 280kW of power and 820Nm of torque. 0 to 100km/h takes just 4.6 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph). The 49kWh lithium-ion battery pack has an estimated range of 215km (133mi). Thanks to the use of carbon fibre parts and an aluminium shell the R8 e-tron weighs 1780kg.

It set the lap record around the Nurburgring Nordschleife for an electric car at 8:09.99.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]