SPIED: Audi e-tron caught testing near Pikes Peak

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The Audi e-tron, the brand’s first-ever, all-electric SUV, is on its way and will be making its first official debut next month. It’s a big deal, as it will be Audi’s first step into the world of electrification and it will finally allow Audi to be considered among the industry’s most high-tech companies, along with Tesla and BMW. But Audi doesn’t want you to forget about its performance, of which there will be a lot. What better place to test that performance than at Pikes Peak?

Located in Colorado, Pikes Peak is one of the best mountain roads in the United States. Although, it’s become so much of a tourist trap that it’s hard to actually enjoy it. However, it’s still a great place for car companies to test performance cars, as it puts the car through 19-miles of tight, twisty, uphill corners that eventually reach an altitude of over 14,000 ft. So it’s a grueling, but incredibly fun, stretch of road. It’s also home to the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, which is one of the most thrilling races in the world.

Just recently, an Audi e-tron test mule was caught testing near Pikes Peak. Now, typically, one of the main stresses of Pikes Peak is its high-altitude, which is detrimental to an internal combustion engine’s air intake. Obviously, being entirely electric, that won’t have an effect on the Audi e-tron. That doesn’t mean Audi can’t use Pikes Peak to test its power going up hill, battery duration/consumption up hill and handling capabilities. Just the fact that Audi is will to take the e-tron there proves how it feels about its performance handling capabilities. So tickle us excited.

The Audi e-tron will pack 496 hp and 590 lb-ft from its two electric motors and it should be capable of 0-60 mph in around 4.5 seconds. That, combined with a 245-mile total range and a luxury SUV body/interior, makes the e-tron an incredibly exciting overall electric package. We can’t wait for September.