Audi’s Electric R8 Supercar is Dead in the Water

Audi R8 E-Tron

Audi may want to check out that “production” part. From Audi

According to British car blog Autocar, Audi has killed the production e-tron, the all-electric version of Audi’s R8 supercar. Ten will be built for internal research and development for future products, but none will make their way to consumers. It looks like there will be no challengers to Mercedes’ throne when the SLS AMG Electric Drive goes on sale next month.

The Autocar article speculates that Audi’s battery tech is not quite up to snuff at the moment, and that the current packs powering the vehicle have not come down in cost enough to make the car affordable (a relative term, as the Audi R8 begins at a lofty $115,000). Long recharging times have also contributed to Audi’s decision to mothball the electric sports car.

The announcement is somewhat surprising since there are many cars in the pipeline from the other major supercar manufacturers that utilize electric or hybrid powertrains, including the aforementioned SLS ED, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder. The e-tron certainly had the performance chops to back up its existence, from its 370hp to torque output of more than 600lb-ft. A 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds is pretty impressive for the 2-ton car, and Audi ran the planned production version at the Nürburgring, earning a time of 8 minutes, 9 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars to ever lap the ‘Ring.

Audi has also created an A3 e-tron, and it is on track to be sold by the end of the year. It is unclear whether that car will be affected by the cancellation of the R8 e-tron.

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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