We didn’t had to wait a long for Audi to show us their hybrid diesel baby. Meet Audi E-Tron Spyder. Unveiled on the Paris Motor Show, this concept car is greener sister of R8.
Power comes from 3.0-litre TDI six cylinder with two turbochargers outputting healthy 650Nm of torque and 221kW, all delivered to the rear wheels. Added are two electric motors – one for each front wheel – which also supply 64 combined kilowatts and 352Nm of torque. These motors use 9.1kWh batteries that can provide propulsion for the car alone for up to 50 kilometres.
Driving the car in electric-only mode however does reduce the 250km/h overall top speed down to 60km/h, enough for city cruising. But combine power is just over 1000Nm of torque, delivering 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption figures is 2.2L/100km. This means the car has a range of 1000km on just one 50-litre tank of diesel. We really hope that Audi may take one step further and convert diesel engine to accept bio oil. Not hard to achieve conversion as I am aware.
Interesting details is body build on Audi Space Frame (ASF) technology, meaning the bonnet and some elements of the bumper bars and aerodynamic bits are made from carbon, while other structurally integral elements are made from extruded aluminium sections and die-cast one-piece structures. All in all, the car is able to remain very rigid and strong whilst only tipping the scales at 1450kg. Rigid construction is welcome for this torque. Strangely they didn’t use famous Audi quatro technology. Maybe we’ll see it in production car…