Those of us around here with a passion for torque were very disappointed when it became clear that Audi was unlikely to ever build a production version of the R8 V12 TDI that was shown at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. Now the automaker has come back with a new R8 based concept that puts the diesel to shame. After months of denials that it was building this very concept, the new e-tron packs four electric motors and a lithium ion battery pack for a propulsion system with a fairly tame sounding 313 hp, but an insane 3,319.03 lb-ft of torque. Standing start runs to 62 mph take 4.8 seconds, but rolling acceleration from 37-75 mph takes just 4.1 seconds thanks to that massive torque.
While acknowledging that electric vehicles are still far from economically viable volume production vehicles, Audi is nonetheless working on electric technology, both for hybrids and pure EVs. The pack sports 53kWh of capacity, 42.4 kWh of which is usable. The pack weighs in at 1,036 pounds out of a total vehicle weight of 3,527 pounds. The pack is mounted ahead of the rear axle and is liquid cooled. Each of the axles sports two electric motors allowing the e-tron to retain Audi’s signature quattro all-wheel-drive. The e-tron has an estimated range of 154 miles on the EU combined driving cycle. The full press release is after the jump.
Gallery: Audi e-tron concept
Officially, official: Frankfurt 2009: Audi E-Tron, 4 motors, 1 battery, 3,319.03 lb-ft of torque! originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Tue, 15 Sep 2009 07:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.