As expected, Audi revealed today at the 2010 Paris Motor Show the e-Tron Spyder, a convertible version of its plug-in hybrid car. The new car uses a 3.0-liter TDI engine fitted with two turbochargers, capable to deliver 221 kW (300 hp) and 650 Newton meters (479.42 lb-ft) of torque, with 50 hp more than the previous stage, which debuted a few months ago in the new Audi A8.
The power of the mid-mounted engine is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Furthermore, the car has two asynchronous electric motors with a total output of 64 kilowatt (88 hp) and peak torque of 352 Newton meters (259.62 lb-ft).
The e-Tron Spyder can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.4 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The car delivers an impressive fuel consumption of 2.2l diesel/100 km (106.92 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 59 g/km (94.95 g/mile).
This means it has a total range of more than 1,000 kilometers with the 50-liter (13.21 US gallons) tank. With some help from the electric motors, the car can act as an all-electric car for up to 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) and has a top speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph).
Regarding the design, the new Audi e-Tron Spyder is one of the most advanced and the most consistent evolution of the current Audi design language1.81 meters (5.94 ft) wide, just 4.06 meters (13.32 ft) long and only 1.11 meters (3.64 ft) in height: these are the classic proportions of an open, high-performance sports car.
Comparing it to the show car unveiled in Detroit, the e-Tron spyder length and width have increased by 13 cm (5.12 in) and 3 cm (1.18 in). The design of the car is completed by the 20-inch wheels that take the blade design of the first e-tron show car and refine it into a three-dimensional turbine design.