2015 Audi R8 e-tron electrifies Geneva crowd

The 2015 Audi R8 e-tron has arrived at the Geneva Motor Show and is scheduled to go on sale in the following months. It looks a little bit different than the V10-powered R8s as it has gained more aerodynamic alloy wheels, slightly different air vent gills while the exhaust pipes have been removed which shouldn’t come as a surprise taking into account this is an all-electric supercar.

Compared to the previous version which never went on sale, the new R8 e-tron has a significantly bigger range as Audi managed to boost it from 133 miles (215 km) to 279 miles (450 km) as a result of installing a 92 kWh battery pack whereas the old one had a 49 kWh battery. Despite the increased size, this hasn’t affected packaging as the batteries are positioned in a T-shaped configuration and sit into the center tunnel, behind the occupant cell. A full recharge using the Combined Charging System will take less than two hours.

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The electric motors of the 2015 Audi R8 e-tron grant a combined output of 462 HP and 920 Nm, substantially more than its predecessor which offered 381 HP and 820 Nm. Thanks to the added oomph, the all-electric supercar will need just 3.9 seconds for the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint before topping out at an electronically-limited 130 mph (210 km/h). At an additional cost, Audi will bump the limiter to 155 mph (250 km/h).

Adrian Padeanu

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