The company has stopped production of the all-electric car after releasing only 100 of R8 e-trons
The Audi R8 e-tron is dead. The all-electric car which was released at the 2015 Geneva auto show with a whole lot of fan-fare has met its end. Audi has stopped production and will deliver the last orders before putting the e-tron line to rest.
Audi may have been a bit too over-confident with its ambitious and high-profile project. Audi headquarters priced the car at a whopping 1 million euros equal to about $1.1 million. According to a report from Car and Driver, Audi could have built more than they did but they decided to quit at a number less than 100.
This is not the first time the Audi R8 e-tron was shelved. Originally the R8 e-tron was a concept car shown at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show.
By 2010 the production version of the car was driven by the Audi R&D chief Michael Dick on the 24 Hours of Le Mans course. However in 2012 when Wolfgang Dürheimer assumed the position of R&D chief, he shelved the project indefinitely.
As fate would have at, when Dürheimer’s successor, Ulrich Hackenberg assumed office he immediately launched the e-tron back on track.
The new version of the Audi e-tron got rid of the complex four-motor layout and the new production version only had two motors on the rear axle. Thus the Audi R8 e-tron was the only roadgoing R8 with a rear-wheel drive.
We have to admit the e-tron was an impressive electric sportscar. The Audi R8 e-tron featured 456 horsepower paired with 679 pound-feet of torque.
These unique features allowed the e-tron to go 0-62 mph in a small time of 3.9 seconds. The e-tron also had a range of up to 280 miles, which is quite a feat for an all-electric car.