Spy Shots: Just When You Thought it was Dead, the Audi R8 E-tron is Caught Testing

2016 Audi R8 E-Tron Exterior Spyshots
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When Audi announced that the R8 E-tron was delayed indefinitely, we were pretty skeptical. After all why spend so much money on a project that will never make it to production, right?

Today, our spy photographers have caught some R8 E-Tron prototypes testing during in the cold, despite the certificate of death. Additionally, a few R8 E-Tron prototypes where spotted in Spain last week, making us believe that the R8 E-Tron is very much alive.

This news does not come as a big surprise, considering that BMW is almost finished with the development of its i8 supercar. As usual, Audi will need an i8 fighter to draw customers’ attention back to its lineup and the R8 E-Tron would certainly do that.

However, we need to be fair and admit that Audi could be testing the E-Tron’s technology for a different model. Unfortunately, only Audi knows what’s really going on here, so stay tuned to learn more about a possible production version R8 E-Tron.

Click past the jump to read more on the R8 E-Tron.

About the Audi R8 E-tron

2016 Audi R8 E-Tron High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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The R8 E-Tron was previewed two times before now: once with the E-Tron concept and again with the E-Tron Detroit showcar. The first one was powered by four motors – two at the front and two more at the rear axle. This system delivered a total of 313 horsepower and 3,319 pound-feet of torque. The second concept was powered by two electric motors with a combined output of 204 horsepower and 1,954.54 pound-feet of torque.

For the production version, Audi will adopt the same output as seen in the first concept version: four electric motors with a total output of 313 horsepower and enough torque to pull to drag a tank behind it.

The Audi R8 E-Tron has already broke some records out there, becoming the fastest electric vehicle around the Nürburgring.

Alina Moore
Alina Moore
Alina Joined the Topspeed.com team in the early 2000s as one of the outlets very first experts, and she’s been with Topspeed.com ever since. Over the years, she’s served various roles, but today she’s is relied on heavily to verify automotive facts, assist with formatting, and discover new and engaging topics.  Read full bio
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