When we first saw the Audi PB18 e-tron at Pebble Beach, we were floored. It was exactly the kind of electric vehicle concept we wanted to see from Audi. It was low, wide, aggressive and very, very pretty. It was also an entirely electric supercar with gobs of power. What’s not to love? Maybe the fact that it never seemed likely to enter production. Until today that is.
According to this new report from Autoweek Netherlands, the Audi PB18 e-tron will go into a very limited 50-unit production run. Autoweek learned this at an Audi event in Amsterdam, dubbed Mission Zero. There, Audi CEO Bram Schot apparently confirmed this limited production run of the Audi PB18 e-tron, which is incredibly exciting news.
We don’t have official confirmation on this but we’ve reached out to our contacts at Audi to get the scoop. We’ll update accordingly.
Now, with a run of just 50 units, it’s not going to be a car you’re likely to see on the road. Plus, they’re probably already being bought up by uber-wealthy customers snagging places in line for them. Still, the idea of Audi actually putting such a car into production is salivating.
After seeing the Audi PB18 e-tron for the first time, our immediate thought was that it might become some sort of Audi R8 replacement, if it actually ever made it to production. With only a run of 50 units, though, that’s not going to happen. However, it could show Audi what’s possible for a production all-electric supercar and pave the way for something similar in the future.
While there are no details on what the production-ready version of the PB18 e-tron will be, the concept packed a massive 671 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque from its electric motors. All of that power was said to get the supercar concept from 0-60 mph in just a bit over two seconds. Audi also claimed a total range of 310 miles with a recharge time of 15 minutes, thanks to 800-volt charging capability.
However, the absolute coolest part about the PB18 was its driver seat. Typically, a driver’s seat isn’t the at the forefront of attention in a nearly 700-hp all-electric supercar but in the PB18, it is. That’s because its driver’s seat can slide from the left-side position to a center position, the latter being similar to a McLaren F1. While we doubt that makes production, it would be incredible to see. And in a 50-unit run, why the hell not, Audi?