2016 Audi R8 e-tron 2.0 announced with 450 km range

Article by Christian A., on February 26, 2015

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.

Audi R8

The exterior, as well as the technical concept, of the new Audi R8 is defined by its short wheelbase, a long flowing back and a cockpit positioned forward. Compared to its predecessor, the dimensions of the new Audi R8 have changed a bit. Its current dimensions stand at 4.42 meters (14.5 ft.) in length, 1.24 meters (4.1 ft.) in height and 2.65 meters (8.7 ft) in wheelbase. It is now wider by 4 cm (1.6 inches), to 1.94 meters (6.4 ft). Featuring race car-like proportions, the new R8 made characteristic design details of the previous model more pronounced.

Its front end features a bonnet with the four rings, as well as a wide and flat Singleframe radiator grille with honeycomb design. Thanks to modeled plastic surfaces, the grille was able to merge into the flat headlights, thereby providing a stronger impression of depth. The structure of the air inlets is replicated by the daytime running lights with their grid-type signature and vertical elements. As standard, the new Audi R8 is specified with LED headlights, although laser spot units could also be availed. Laser spot units could double the range of the high beam to around 600 meters (1,968.5 ft). While dynamic turn signals are optional on the front, they are fitted as standard at the rear. In addition, lighting signature on the rear end employs two vertical elements with a horizontal line to give the new R8 with more powerful appearance.

Forming part of the new laser high beams, the laser module (one per headlight) emits a cone of light with twice the range of full-LED units. Each laser module has four high-power laser diodes -- with a diameter of just 300 micrometers – that could generate a blue laser beam with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. Then a phosphor converter transforms the blue laser beam into white light with a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin.

The laser spot could be activated at a minimum speed of 60 km/h (37.3 mph) to supplement the R8’s LED high beam. Since the laser spot has double the range, it enhances the driver's field of vision and safety. Thanks to an intelligent camera-based sensor system that could detect other vehicles on the road, the light pattern is adjusted actively to exclude them.

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