2016 Audi R8 e-tron couldn’t have arrived at a better time. After more than five years of hot/cold cycles and questions whether Germans are going to produce it or not, it finally comes in time for the second generation debut. This gives the sports car additional option when powertrains are concerned and one just can’t stress the importance of plug-in hybrids now, 15 years into 21st century.
2016 Audi R8 e-tron Engine & Specs
Germans decided to build the car exclusively with electric motors as powertrain units. This means no internal combustion engine and no emissions whatsoever. This also means that new R8 will be able to travel a full 280 miles on electricity alone, but unlike its conventional siblings, it will be a rear-wheel drive car. Battery unit and electric motors are all planted behind the cabin and they generate as much as 456 hp and 679 lb-ft of torque.
All this power will be funneled through a single-speed transmission and R8 will be able to reach the top speed of 155 mpg. Moreover, acceleration from 0 to 62 mph will take no more than 3.5 seconds. Max speed is around 200 mph.
Design – Inside and Outside look
Generally, 2016 Audi R8 e-tron doesn’t differ too much from its conventional siblings. It does get different grille cover, wheels and some other details, but overall design is pretty much the same. And what a design it is? New Audi’s sports car looks both sharp and elegant at the same time. It has plenty of sharp angles which seamlessly melt with curved ones, but it doesn’t poke the eye at any moment.
|Curb Weight||3.428 Lbs. (V10 Plus)|
Germans have decided to go with horizontal stripes theme and some five miniature units can be found both up front below the headlamps, and around the back below the tail-lights. To cut the story short, new generation models look even more contemporary than their predecessors.
Interior is filled with plenty of lightweight materials of highest quality. Carbon fiber is among them and there’s plenty of it. Seats, door and dash covers are made of fine Nappa leather which makes this car so much comfortable. Apart from the shift lever which only conventional models get, center tunnel holds a rotary knob which serves as mode selector.
Depending on conditions, you can browse between dry, wet and snow modes. 12.3-inch display behind the steering wheel can be configured to suit the driver’s needs and display the info which is relevant to his individual requirements. Needless to say, 2016 Audi R8 e-tron will be fitted with plethora of available high-tech features in all available categories, including safety.
2016 Audi R8 e-tron Price and MPG
As already mentioned, the car will be able to travel some 280 miles before its battery becomes depleted. Estimated fuel efficiency is not yet disclosed, but should be solid if you drive pragmatically. When it finally arrives later this year, R8 e-tron should cost much more than conventional models which start from around $115,000. At least $150,000 should be expected, and probably, even more.
2016 Audi R8 e-tron is definitely worth monitoring. This plug-in hybrid sports car delivers luxury which only a few cars can, and performance which even fewer still have. It is a fine, but expensive way to save some gas money while cruising the streets, highways and racetracks alike in style.