Besides the 2016 Audi R8 V10 and R8 V10 Plus models, the German manufacturer also announced the R8 e-tron 2.0, an updated version of its high-performance electric sports car. Although there are no official photos released yet, the new R8 e-tron promises to be a rival for all the current electric sports cars as it will offer an electric range of 540 km (279.6 miles) instead of previous 215 km (133.6 miles).
According to the German manufacturer, the energy density of the battery was increased from 84 Wh/kg to 154 Wh/kg. And speaking of the battery, the R8 e-tron 2.0 uses a large T-shaped battery structurally integrated into the center tunnel and behind the passengers cell, which means that it supports the dynamics of the R8 with its low center of gravity.
The newly developed lithium-ion technology was specially developed for a purely electric vehicle and the battery capacity increased from 49 kWh to 92 kWh. The total output of the R8 e-tron 2.0 is 340 kW or 455.7 hp and an impressive 920 Nm (678.6 lb-ft) of torque. Audi says that its new electric sports car is able to zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 210 km/h (130.5 mph) or 250 km/h (155.3 mph).
The performances sound really impressive, but the R8 e-tron 2.0 will still be slower than the new Tesla Model S P85D, which can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds. Due to the fact that Audi didn’t release any photos, we can’t speak about the design, but we are sure that it will not be too different compared with the gasoline-powered models.
This means that we expect to see the redesigned headlights, which can be equipped as an option with laser technology, a brand new front bumper, new LED taillights as well as a stylish air diffuser and an electrically extending spoiler. In addition, Audi R8 e-tron 2.0 offers intelligent energy management and electromechanical brake system that enables high-energy recuperation rates.
Although the R8 e-tron 2.0 is a mobile high-tech laboratory, the German manufacturer will still sell its electric sports car. Upon customer request, the 2016 Audi R8 e-tron 2.0 will be available for order in 2015, but taking in consideration that gasoline-powered R8 V10 Plus costs 186,000 euros don’t expect the Iron Man’s vehicle to be cheap as we expect it to be much more expensive.