Audi US president confirms electric sports car concept will make production
8 October 2009

Audi of America’s president Johan de Nysschen has confirmed its all-electric e-tron concept will make production.

The two-seater concept was first seen at the Frankfurt motor show last month, but no firm production plans were revealed by the German firm.

See the hi-res Audi e-tron picture galleryAudi e-tron: full details

de Nysschen has been quoted by US media as saying: “I expect we will see running examples in the next 24 months.”

The Audi e-tron sits between the R8 and TT in size. Total available power is 313bhp and torque is 3319lb ft — around 10 times that produced by the V8-engined R8. Performance is brisk; 0-62mph takes 4.8sec, 37-75mph takes 4.1sec and the top speed is 124mph.

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8 October 2009

124mph is a bit slow for top speed. Do people plan on having traffic light races? :-)

It's a step in the right direction though...

8 October 2009

IIRC correctly it was the boss of Audi USA who called the Chevy Volt " a car for idiots".

So presumably Audi have decided that all their US customers are also idiots who can be easily parted with their money to the technically superior Germans.

It reminds me of the response of theMercedes Benz US chief, when asked to comment on the decline in US customer satisfaction rating for MB a while back. He replied it was because Americans drank huge soft drinks which were too big for the MB cup holders so that had caused the custoer rating decline!


8 October 2009

That torque figure's, erm, quite punchy though... 3319lb ft?! Presumably any fuel savings will be offset by shredded tyres...


8 October 2009

My only questions are this:

Will it have a suspension system, and will the pedals be on the driver's side of the vee-hickle?

Autocar needs to put these important questions to Audi, in order to establish whether this vee-hickle is really a car.

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