SPIED: Audi e-tron caught testing with funny mirrors

We’ve just learned that the Audi e-tron has had its official reveal delayed. It was supposed to be revealed on August 30 but that’s now been pushed back following the arrest of Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. Though, that hasn’t stopped Audi from testing the e-tron in the wild, as a test mule has just been caught testing and it can be seen using its new camera side mirrors. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)

The Audi e-tron seen in these photos is close to production ready, looking similar to that of the digital camo-wrapped car Audi was recently showing off. However, it seems that Audi is using this test mule to test out its new camera side mirror system. You can see that it has incredibly small side mirrors, being that they basically just feature a camera that shows the driver what’s on the sides of the car via screens inside. However, we can also see what seems to be traditional mirrors electrical taped to the outside of them.

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The additional mirrors sticking off the cameras is likely just due to regulations, as not many countries allow for road-legal cars to not have traditional side mirrors. This won’t be production-spec, obviously, but it does pose an interesting question of which countries will even allow Audi’s new camera mirror tech.

Aside from that, it looks like a pretty standard Audi e-tron. So it will get the same dual-motor setup, with one electric motor at each axle, and about 435 hp. Audi claims it can get from 0-60 mph in about 4.5 seconds and that it will have a total electric range of around 250 miles. That puts it in line with cars like the Tesla Model S, so more than enough for daily life.

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While we’re disappointed that the Audi e-tron has had its reveal delayed, we’re still very excited about seeing it whenever it does make its debut. Stay tuned for an official release date, which we’ll bring to you as soon as we know it.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.