Audi aims to rival BMW i8 with new fully electric sports EV

Article by Christian A., on March 22, 2017

By 2020, Audi will be throwing out not just one but three fully-electric vehicles. One of which will be pitted against the BMW i8. This new information was revealed by Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chief executive, during the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show. In an interview with Auto Express, Stadler confirms that the electric sports car will be introduced along with Audi’s upcoming SUV and new compact EV.

It is understood that the SUV will come out beforehand in spite its more complicated architecture. Stadler reiterates the growing trend for SUVs about 2 or 3 years ago which helped them arrive to this decision. “There will be a very emotional shape”, the chief executive said as he describes the SUV.

It is unclear however if the new SUV will be another Q6 but more or less, it will have some significant similarities. According to Stadler, Audi’s fully electric SUV will be using VW ID’s 168bhp electric motor with a battery range that can go between 200 and 375 miles. Afterwards, Audi will soon embark on the new sport EV. As also stated, this will follow shortly after the launch of the new electric sport utility vehicle.

Last year, the German marque has pulled the R8 e-tron out of the market after its unsuccessful sales performance. It was reported that the R8 e-tron didn’t sell very well after selling fewer than 100 examples.

Meanwhile, many believe that BMW will be upgrading the i8 for its new generation lineup. This might include some major overhauls to make the new i8 more powerful. If so, Audi needs to step up its game especially after the Audi R8 e-tron’s less than stellar market premiere which eventually led the company to end its production.

It is also believed that the 2nd generation BMW i8 should arrive by 2022--- which explains why Audi is bent to come up with a new hybrid sports car within that timeframe.

Audi unveiled the production-ready R8 e-tron at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show which was built around the 2nd generation R8. During its premiere, the R8 e-tron uses two rear mounted electric motors that deliver up to 456 horsepower with an output of 679 pound feet of torque. Power is then transferred to the rear wheels with the use of a single transmission.

The sports electric vehicle could reach 62 miles per hour (100km/h) under 3.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 155mph (250 km/h). Unfortunately, though, it failed to impress the majority. However, with Audi’s three new fully electric vehicles soon in the offing, we’re pretty sure that none of its efforts will go up in smoke.

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