If the powertrain on this Audi e-tron concept succeeds in terms of range, performance, and durability, it could very well lead to the realization of plans to put an electric car on sale. The Audi E-Tron Concept is currently on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is speculated that the Audi E-Tron would hint of a Porsche Boxster-sized sports car -- the much-rumored R4.
However, an Audi source suggests that it is not its main role. He said that they don't know yet when the electric road car will be released but that the significance of the e-tron concept is that Audi will develop an electric road car in the future when the technology is right.
The e-tron is 4.26m long and 1.9m wide that puts it shorter and wider than a Boxster. It makes it possible then that after VW's takeover of Porsche, a platform-sharing deal with Audi is imminent.
A compact two-seater is also a possibility. It is also likely that since the e-tron's electric powertrain is clothed in a sports car shape, it seems that Audi intends to introduce an electric powertrain throughout the range.
Do you agree that this means that it is more likely to appear in a sexy model, such as a small sports car or the A8 flagship rather than the forthcoming entry-level A1 or Golf-based A3? Four electric motors -- one pair at the front and another pair on the rear axle are featured on the powertrain. Total available power is 313bhp and torque is 3319lb ft, which is about 10 times that produced by the V8-engined R8.
Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 4.8sec, while 37-75mph takes 4.1sec and the top speed is 124mph.The 470kg lithium ion battery sits at the front of the e-tron to help achieve a 42% front/58% rear weight distribution. Storage capacity is 42.4kWh, resulting to an impressive range of 154 miles. The chassis is a new version of Audi's alloy spaceframe and the body is a lightweight composite, which contribute to a kerb weight of 1600kg.