Meet the car of Audi’s future! Set to go on sale within the next two years, the German firm’s A5 e-tron Quattro prototype previews Audi’s latest hybrid Quattro drive train.
This is the A5 e-tron Quattro plug-in hybrid which matches a 2.0 liter TFSI engine with 211 PS (155 kW / 208 bhp) with two electric motors, one on each axle, that makes this A5 an all-electric capable vehicle.
A further electric motor has also been added just behind the TFSI engine, which when combined with the rear-mounted motor and petrol engine, produces 314bhp.
By powering two axles instead of one, the innovative drive systems, also known as a ‘through-the-road’ hybrid, offer all-wheel drive capability without the associated heavy weight of multiple driveshafts and gearsets typical of most all-wheel drive vehicles.
Both electric motors can also be used to recover brake energy in order to top up the car’s lithium-ion battery pack. The batteries can also be charged by plugging the vehicle into a regular household power outlet. Fully charged, the battery pack will also allow the A5 e-tron to drive up to 65km on electric power alone, at speeds up to 100km/h.
Overall, fuel-economy is rated at 2.7 liters/100 kilometer with a 0 to 100 kilometers per hour sprint time of 5.9 backs (0.6 seconds faster than the standard 2.0 liter TFSI A5) and a top speed of 228 kilometers per hour (142 miles per hour).