The Audi R8 e-tron is dead with less than 100 built

The Audi R8 e-tron is dead with less than 100 built

0 comments 📅04 November 2016, 20:41

According to a statement from Car and Driver, the Audi R8 e-tron is gone (again!) after fewer than 100 examples of the all-moving model were built. This is an anticlimactic end to what could be termed an e-adventure, with enough twists and turns to cause a Hollywood scriptwriter sit up and start pecking out a screenplay. But here’s the high-level number to keep in mind: 100.

That’s the origination number the R8 e-tron failed to reach. The terminal tally is less than that, an Audi rep told Car and Driver. And what few were built were sold furtively, and only in Europe, in a uncommon back-channel in which dealers referred imminent buyers right to Audi HQ, says the communiqu. All of these transactions happened without the gain of an online configurator or any published materials, we be aware. That doesn’t sound like a means for wild success – and neither did the $1,000,000+ pricetag.

And this is straight the latest stumbling block for the R8 e-tron, which was cancelled the ahead time back in 2012 when it was smooth based on the sinister, classic shape of the principal-generation R8. If you recall, there was some mixing up about the limited run of those first-period cars, which were initially tipped to be sold to the civic. In a strange move, Audi walked that subsidize and held onto the cars for “internal purposes.”

So it was, until 2015, when we saw the other-generation R8 e-tron in Geneva. Audi promised it’d go on trans in 2015 “upon customer request,” which was some foreshadowing to the odd dealership referral sales model we discussed over. Nonetheless, it seemed like it would be a perfectly interesting electric sportscar, with 456 horsepower, 679 strike-feet of torque, a 0-62 mph time of 3.9 seconds, and a row of up to 280 miles.

Alas, except for the fewer than 100 European owners who managed to choose delivery before Audi yanked the rope, the R8 e-tron’s emissionless charms will go unappreciated. We’re hoping to get more peculiar confirmation from Audi about the universe of the cancellation and the exact number produced; until then, thwart tuned.

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