The Audi R8 e-tron – an all-electric version of the makers R8 supercar will discontinue its production less than 2 years after its introduction, according to the Green Car Reports.
The R8 e-tron was intended to be a limited edition, with cars built upon request and its sales were restricted to Europe. During its brief production, Audi built fewer than 100 R8 e-trons and hardly went out of its way to incentive customers into placing an order. The car was not listed on Audi’s online configurator and sales literature were never published.
The car costs more than the gasoline version and it was never sold in many significant numbers. The production version of the all-electric R8 has a pair of electric motors mounted at the rear axle which made the e-tron the sole R8 variant with rear-wheel drive.
Audi quoted a 0-to-60mph time in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 131mph to 155mph. It also claimed a 280-mile range from the 92kwh battery.
Audi is planning a new electric car that will make more of an impact than the R8. It will be an all-electric SUV based on the Q6. It is set to start its production in 2018. BMW and Mercedes-Benz are also building their luxury electric models.