Audi working on an all-electric family car to take on Tesla Model S

Article by Christian A., on November 22, 2014

In order to take on the popular Tesla Model S, German premium carmaker Audi is working on a new all-electric family car that will offer a range of up to 280 miles or 450 km. Details are limited for the moment, but according to Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, the technical development boss at Audi, the new electric family car will make its debut in 2017.

In addition, we do know that the technology that will be installed on the new family car will be taken from the flagship Audi R8 e-tron, which is also the electric version of the R8 sports car. Nonetheless, let us not forget that Tesla made the next step when it unveiled back in October the Dual Motor All Wheel Drive option on the Model S.

The most powerful model, Tesla Model S P85D carries two electric motors that produce a staggering 691 hp (221 hp on the front and 470 hp at the rear). This enables the Model S P85D – in Insane Mode -- to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.2 seconds, while offering a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h. The new model will be available next year and will be priced from $93,400.

The Tesla Model S is an all-electric five-door liftback car produced by Tesla, and was first introduced on June 22, 2012. In October 2014, Tesla introduced of All-Wheel Drive (AWD) versions of the Model S -- 60, 85, and P85 models – all designated by a D at the end of the model number. The most powerful of these is the upgraded Model S P85D (D for dual), which has two electric motors. The Tesla Model S 85D comes with a powerful battery with a capacity of 85 kWh. Its offers a range of 270 mi (430 km) as per EPA, or 528 km (328 mi) as per NEDC.

Since its launch, the Tesla Model S has received a number of accolades, including the 2013 World Green Car of the Year, 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Automobile magazine's 2013 Car of the Year and Time Magazine's Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012.

The Audi R8 e-tron is essentially a version of the Audi R8 Coupe with a slightly smaller body. It employs four electric motors rated at 317 PS (233 kW; 313 hp) of output and 450 Nm (332 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. However, if the torque is measured at the output shaft as per industry standard, the true torque rating of the R8 e-tron is 678 Nm (500 lb.-ft.). The R8 e-tron can sprint from nil to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and has a limited top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). It offers a limited all-electric range of 154 miles (248 km).

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