Audi first introduced the R8 E-Tron at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009. Since then, the future of the fully electric supercar has been uncertain, with previous reports suggesting the project would be axed altogether. However, according to Autocar, the E-Tron project appears to be a go once again.
One of the main reasons the E-Tron was shelved was due to its lowly electric range of 150 miles. But Audi’s technical director, Ulrich Hackenberg, told Autocar at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week that the E-Tron’s range had been almost doubled from 134 miles to around 250 miles.
Hackenberg also said that because electric technology would play such an important role over the course of Audi’s future, its imperative they introduce the technology on a flagship model.
“I’m discussing with the board a way to realize this car and use it as a technology flagship,” Hackenberg told Autocar. “We need something to bring these new technologies to market.”
The pre-production E-Tron had a combined output of 376 horsepower and 601 lb-ft of torque from its twin electric motors, which was enough to earn it a Nurburgring lap time of 8:09. It isn’t yet clear if the production model will carry the same performance statistics.