Audi’s stunning collection of designs and concepts is recognised all over the world and the all-new Audi R8 proves to be the kind of supercar one expects from Audi. Beyond the basic styling and engineering refresh, there’s an all-new R8 model.
With 455-hp (340-kW) e-tron, Audi’s electric sports car beats Tesla by a huge margin with a claimed 279.6-mile (450-km) range and performance to match. It is world’s latest high-performance EV, along with the new R8 V10 models.
A T-shaped 92-kWh battery pack, a significant bump in onboard juice when compared with the 49-kWh battery of the original R8 e-tron development car, the new high-voltage battery is based on improved lithium-ion technology developed specifically for use in electric cars. The resulting energy density of 154 Wh/kg makes Audi comfortable estimating the R8 e-tron’s range at an impressive 279.6 miles (450 km), well over double the range Audi was looking at its original project.
The R8 e-tron is based on the new Audi Space Frame and includes a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic trunk structure with corrugated walls designed for superior impact absorption with less weight. The aero-enhanced wheels and body deliver a drag coefficient of 0.28.
The car uses a rear mechanical differential lock and an electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch on the front axle in place of the Visco clutch on the outgoing R8 to smoothly and continuously vary torque distribution.
The new R8 is part race car, part high-tech, digital-age machine.