The first-gen Audi R8 teased us with an e-tron electric version that never actually came to fruition. Unless you’re Tony Stark, of course. However, Audi is now teasing us again with a second-gen R8 e-tron and this one might actually reach customers’ garages.
A, seemingly, production-ready Audi R8 e-tron was caught testing at the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife, recently and it looks to be ready for the road. Aside from the fact that his particular tester has different front wheels than what are on the rear and the testing gear seen inside, this looks like a production-ready vehicle. It also looks excellent and would easily be one of the coolest supercars on the road, electric or not.
We don’t know for sure if Audi actually plans on releasing the R8 e-tron, and if it does it will most likely be in very limited numbers. However, we do feel that Audi should release it and it’s more important to the brand than many might think. Audi is trying to cement itself as a true power in the EV world, with the fantastic looking Q6 e-tron Quattro Concept. Audi is attempting to take on Tesla at its own game with the upcoming Q6, but it could get a step ahead of the Silicon Valley EV maker with a gorgeous EV supercar that can do 0-60 in around 3 seconds and tackle racetracks like the Nurburgring.
The Audi R8 e-tron could become the EV that gets people genuinely excited about electric power. The Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 are plenty exciting, but none of them get your blood pumping. The R8 e-tron could be that car that gets people actually desiring EVs. It’s one thing to have an EV that helps you out, economically, but to have one that also raises your blood pressure would be even better. So please, Audi, give us the R8 e-tron. And price it so people other than Tony Stark can get one.[Source: Autoblog]