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Audi e-Tron revealed at Frankfurt

Tue, 15 Sep 2009

Audi has launched the e-Tron at Frankfurt

And this morning Audi has revealed the detail. The Audi e-Tron has four electric motors producing a relatively modest 313bhp, but with a frankly unbelievable 3,319lbs/ft of torque. And we thought the new Bentley Mulsanne had a lot.

Performance us pretty decent, taking 4.8 seconds to 60mph and less – 4.1 seconds – from 36-75mph. The e-Tron has 53kWh of oomph of which 42.4kWh is usable. The battery pack weighs a not inconsiderable 1,000 lbs – almost a third of the total e-Tron’s weight – and I’ve no doubt costs a fortune to produce.

Each of the motors runs a wheel, so this is still an ‘Audi quattro’. And it’s said the e-Tron will manage 154 miles on a charge.

But this is about Audi showing what can be done, even if it’s not particularly viable at the moment. It also manages to put the squeeze on BMW’s Vision ED Concept as the star of the ‘Electric Show’ at Frankfurt.

Much more detail in the Audi e-Tron Press release.

By Cars UK