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First Look: 2012 Audi e-tron Battery Sports Car

Suddenly, charging up takes on a new meaning.

by on Sep.15, 2009

Can a battery vehicle perform like a gasoline-powered supercar? That's what Audi has set out to prove with the 2012 e-tron.

Can a battery vehicle perform like a gasoline-powered supercar? That's what Audi has set out to prove with the 2012 e-tron.

When Audi says, “Charge,” it means it in more ways than one, if the 2012 e-tron is any indication.  That’s the German maker’s new battery-electric sports car, a low-slung two-seater that promises to deliver performance to match Audi’s gasoline-powered R8 supercar.

The long-rumored BEV made its debut, Tuesday at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, but expect it to return to the show within the next few years, for senior Audi officials promised to put the e-tron into “serial production” by 2012.

Charged Up!

Charged Up!

“This is a genuine, high-performance sports car,” said Audi’s global technical chief, Michael Dick, “and not an austerity concept.”  The latter comment was a thinly-disguised shot at the Volkswagen luxury division’s competitors, many of whom are also planning battery cars of their own, but ones that will deliver limited range, marginal performance and relatively few conveniences.

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