The Weird, Complicated Life of the Audi R8 E-tron Silently Comes to an End

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
the weird complicated life of the audi r8 e tron silently comes to an end

Maybe buyers weren’t ready for an electric supercar. Maybe there wasn’t enough hype and star power. Hell, maybe no one knew about it.

Whatever the reason for the Audi R8 e-tron’s lack of sales and visibility, we do know one sure thing about this environmentally friendly phantom — it is stone cold dead.

The shadowy model that received more press as a concept car than a production vehicle was quietly killed off by Audi, Car and Driver confirms.

How many of these European status symbols rolled off the assembly line? Less than 100, an Audi spokesperson told the publication. Apparently, well-heeled buyers had better things to spend one million euros (1.1 million greenbacks) on, because it wasn’t as if Audi couldn’t build more of them. They could have, the spokesperson claims.

Exclusivity usually sells, but not in this case. While the model never appeared in official car buying channels — it was a no-show in sales literature and Audi’s online model lineup — it seems that pure lack of interest killed this model. DiCaprio was never photographed in one, and high-end models like the BMW i8 captured the eye of the six-figure EV crowd. Blame those alluring doors.

Appearing first as a 2009 concept vehicle, the model seemed bound for a 2012 production run. Audi rebooted that idea, with a second concept appearing the following year in Detroit. After that, silence — at least until a

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  • TonyJZX TonyJZX on Oct 14, 2016

    I like to think I keep up with 'car news' but this is the first time I read about a million dollar R8... and it comes down to this...why would anyone buy a car thats a million that doesnt look a million... A Pagani is a million, a Koeniggegg is a million, this is an electric r8...

    • Henkdevries Henkdevries on Oct 14, 2016

      why would anyone buy a car thats a million that doesnt look a million… The answer to that question is ... the question.

  • 05lgt 05lgt on Oct 14, 2016

    my own personal million + dollar car won't see enough miles for the carbon to fuel it to make a percentage difference compared to the carbon to make it. So, since the difference is negligible, I'll take the Pagani please.

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