By on January 13, 2010

The shape of things to come...

After backing away from the ridiculous torque figures it gave with its R8-based e-tron, Audi is having another crack at the electric sportscar theme with a second e-tron concept at the NAIAS. Of course by not giving it a new name, Audi created the impression that this might be a very similar concept to the R8-based model it says its going to build at some point. The e-tron mk II is, however, a very different beast. Where as the first e-tron was an electrification and restyling of the R8, the e-tron 2 actually previews the look of an eventual R4 sportscar, based on Volkswagen’s Blue Sport concept. If Audi eventually sells an EV version of that vehicle (and they say the e-tron name will become a brand for Audi EVs) and it’s materially the same as this concept, it would be the first RWD production Audi since… well, why don’t we have some guesses?

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9 Comments on “Audi e-tron 2: Once More, With Feeling...”

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    I’m assuming the wheels are *not* going to be the same in production . . .
    The US doesn’t have roads (outside of race tracks and parking lots in the first 2 months) that’ll  take those :D

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    Whatever the R4 ends up being, it’s going to have some kind of AWD system. Audi does not do RWD.

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    The last RWD Audi?  That was the 1938-1940 Audi 920.  RWD unlike its predecessor as it was built on a Wanderer platform (for cost savings).
    I agree that a RWD production model is unlikely.

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    If it has electric motors inside the wheel hubs, wouldn’t it be relatively straightforward to produce both RWD and AWD versions?

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      Charles T

      If the electric motors are in the wheel hubs, the RWD model will significantly less powerful than the AWD one, with the gap dependent on how they do the F/R power split.  Significantly lighter, too, depending on how much the motors weigh. Or they could use a more powerful pair of rear motors for the RWD version. Either way, it would be interesting to see what they’d end up with.

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    Just sell me an electric Golf and be done with it already? Don’t need to supercar looks – just an electric runabout. I like the looks, don’t need them… The fancy looks just drive up the consumer price.

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    Darth Lefty

    If this is supposed to preview R4 styling, and the R4 is supposed to be a small mid-engine like the BlueSport, why does this have a long hood?  Shouldn’t it fall into the same sort of proportions as a 914 / Scorpion / MR2 / Fiero / Cayman?

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    I actually think this car is extremely promising (although obviously, the wheels have to go).
    It looks very close in stance and dimensions to the concept photos that floated around of the small Porsche, which makes me think it could indeed be mid engine/RWD.  The fact that the weight on the electric version is under 3K lbs. is promising.

    And I think it looks pretty spectacular.  I actually like the look and the weight much better than the R8.

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    Despite the cowl being level with the beltline, this is a horridly boring looking car … like a chinese rip-off interpretation of a TT.

    If this is where Audi design language is going, I fear for the brand…

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