Audi is allegedly working on expanding its lineup by adding a sub-range of high-performance EVs, if we were to believe a report issued recently by Reuters. The first model of this kind is expected to come out sometime next year with the arrival of the highly anticipated (and much delayed) R8 e-tron. Originally, the electric supercar was supposed to go on sale in 2012 but Audi changed its mind because the vehicle offered a range of only 134 miles (215 km).
Since then, Audi’s engineers have been working hard on fixing the R8 e-tron’s range problems and it is believed they production model will be able to cover a distance of up to 279 miles (450 km). Moreover, two sources cited by Reuters say that following the R8 e-tron’s launch in 2015, Audi will then prepare high-performance crossovers and sedan that will have electric powertrains.
Expect these models to see the light of production day before the end of the decade and one of these cars could turn out to be an electric variant of the rumored Q8. The latter is said to be introduced in 2017 with a conventional powertrain together with a hotter RS variant so don’t expect the electric Q8 before 2018 or even later.
It will be interesting to see if there really is enough room in Audi’s family for a sub-range of high-performance EVs.
Note: Attached photo shows 2012 Audi R8 e-tron that was supposed to enter production.