It seems that Audi has delayed indefinitely its plans on launching a production version of the highly acclaimed R8 e-tron. Back in November, the Ingolstadt-based automaker halted the development of the car and now it seems that there are slim chances of seeing it in the near future. Originally, the R8 e-tron had a 2012 launch date by obviously Audi missed its target. Compared to the production model, it only shares nine exterior body parts while the rest of the components are entirely new. While the stock R8 has a drag coefficient of 0.35, its e-tron sibling only registers 0.27 which helps extend its range by about 25 miles (40 km).
Power comes from a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 48.6 kWh that powers the car’s two electric motors which provide a combined power output of 381 HP and an instant torque of 820 Nm. With a curb weight of 1,780 kg, the Audi R8 e-tron needs 4.2 seconds to perform the 0-62 mph run, before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 124 mph. On a single charge, the car can be driven for up to 134 miles (215 km).
Charging the batteries to their 100 percent capacity takes about 12 hours using a 230V outlet, while a high-performance DC charging device will do the job in less than 60 minutes.