When we heard that Audi brought the e-tron Spyder to sunny California we couldn’t make heads or tails of it and quickly dismissed the info as being a simple publicity tactic. However, the official release of a video from Audi of America sheds new light on their exploits.
You see, Audi must now believe that the market for electric cars is here to stay, and if there’s a new general segment created, they can always put a premium spin on it. To this end, the e-tron Spyder, and indeed all of Audi’s other e-trons are meant to show us what the premium electric market will look like. If we like it, they’ll make it - it’s as simple as that.
The car you see in the video is a concept that offers a plug-in diesel hybrid drivetrain combining a TDI
engine and two electric motors in a chassis that only weighs 1,450 kilograms (3,196.70 lb). Encouraging figures include a accelerates to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 4.4 seconds, and top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h (155.34 mph).
Basically, this is just like a sportscar, but when you are not in the mood to put the pedal to the metal, it requires an incredible 2.2-liters of diesel per 100 km or 107 mpg US. It can also travel with zero local emissions for f up to 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) in electric-only mode.