Audi to Launch Electric Sports Car With 288-Mile Range
The R8 e-tron will go on sale later this year by special order only.
Adding further competition to Tesla’s niche of luxury-priced electric cars with 250-mile-plus range, Audi will introduce an updated plug-in version of its high-performance R-8 sports car later this year, the company announced at the Geneva Auto Show.
The R8 e-tron replaces the concept electric R8 introduced in 2009 and features the second-generation R8 design unveiled last week at Geneva. The new car’s 280-mile range is a significant improvement over concept e-tron’s 133 miles and gives the R8 a single-charge range similar to Tesla’s Model S.
Audi said the R8 e-tron will go from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds. Two electric motors will drive the rear wheels and deliver 456 horsepower and a top speed of 155 miles per hour. The 92 kw T-shaped battery will charge in less than two hours. Pricing was not announced.
Mercedes, BMW and Audi have taken note of Tesla’s near-monopoly on the luxury plug-in market and are developing competing models.
At Geneva, Audi confirmed that it also is building an electric SUV with a range of 250 miles that would compete directly with Tesla's Model X crossover.
Tesla is expected to start Model X deliveries later this year. Customers have placed an estimated 20,000 preorders for the much-delayed SUV.