Audi announced that it does not plan to sell the all-electric R8 e-tron sports car.
The automaker has manufactured 10 R8 e-tron sports cars, but these will be used only for internal developing and testing. Rumors say that the automaker does not sell the model as it is not satisfied with pace of battery technology advancement. Therefore the battery price has not dropped as much as the company expected, which makes the R8 unavailable for series production.
In a recent press release, however, it stated: “Through the R8 e-tron, Audi has acquired extensive expertise that will benefit its electrified production models.”
Last month Audi announced the prices in the US for the 2014 R8 and the 2014 R8 Spyder. According to the car manufacturer, the 2014 Audi R8 Coupe can now be ordered in the United States from 119,150 USD, for the V8 version, and from 132,650 USD for the Spyder V8. All models get the standard six-speed manual transmission and the seven-speed dual clutch is being offered as an optional throughout the range.
Audi’s R8 is also present in the ‘Iron Man 3’ as Marvel Studio has specifically looked for an automaker that could offer an electric-powered or hybrid convertible for the movie, and few car makers have such a car. The new Audi R8 e-tron concept is 100% working on electricity and offers a range of around 150 miles, reaching 60 km/h in less than 5 seconds.