Audi E-Tron Spyder – complete review inside look

Audi E-Tron Spyder – complete review inside look

‘ Audi E-Tron Spyder has solid V8 engine and rear wheel drive – is anything but after a few months, scrap,’ says the sheriff highway. If the friendly man with the grim styled uniform since not even wrong. Finally, he worked in California, that sunshine state on the U.S. West Coast, where companies like Tesla Motors a few years ago sparked the revolution of electric cars.

For him, these are just toys. Especially the silver Audi E-Tron Spyder, that glitters on the Mulholland Highway above Malibu in the sun. Judging by his ‘Crown Vic’ is 4.06 meters long and 1.11 meters high two-seater, which itself would disappear behind a TT yet, a very small car. And due to the electric motors, it sounds even more like a toy model. ‘Cool it already is,’ admitted the officer at least one.

A year ago at the Paris Motor Show, the prototype was first presented, now he starts on her maiden voyage in the hills of Hollywood. A bit cramped but quite comfortable to sit in the e-Renner again lower than in the R8, is enjoying at the decidedly simple-designed cockpit that does not distract attention from the road, and peering through the flat windshield as Officer Eninguez by the obligatory Ray Ban.

The prototype shoots in 4.4 seconds from 0 to 100

Which he nearly falls off his nose, as the E-Tron Spyder is in motion. Despite a large lithium-ion battery weighs built out of carbon fiber and aluminum two-seater 1.5 tons and not even driving the patrol car of it effortlessly. While the large vessel from Detroit overweight respond to fluctuating changes in direction, the Audi every turn as a carver. The electric sprinter literally glued to the asphalt, turns almost by itself in the curve, leaving the patrol car in the rearview mirror shrink to thumb size. After all, the e-car to sprint from 0 to 100 created in 4.4 seconds.

Theoretically, the E-Tron would then accelerate from rest to 250 more. But on the other hand has not only ex-officio officer Eninguez one objected, but also Uwe Haller. Haller is the project manager, who along with a 15-member team made the car roadworthy in less than three months. And that should happen gently, otherwise would have to explain the Haller damage insurance of two million euros.

A diesel engine in the rear provides coverage

What most surprised the sheriff again, is the sonorous growl that rolls out of the depths of the carbon body. With each of the two 44-horsepower electric motors at the front, it is not done in this prototype. ‘Yeah man, this is no electric car. At least, none, of the pure species,’ we explain to the man whose mine gas could lift with each thrust.

The Audi E-Tron Spyder is a so-called plug-in hybrid car in which the electric motors in the front and with the 20-inchers in the rear interlocked to form longitudinally behind the seats placed V6 diesel engine is a powerful trio. According to the bawls and unfiltered three-liter biturbo a rough song of lust and power, which tells of 300 hp and 650 Nm. ‘With this Spyder can easily wander around on Rodeo Drive or Sunset Boulevard,’ says Haller. Up to 60 km / h and 50 km range of the E-Tron actually creates a battery-bolide. ‘And out here in the hills can be reached by car and really have fun. And without having to pay attention to the range.’

That’s the main difference to the Tesla Roadster, which began here in the Hollywood Hills to conquer. Where the electric runabouts from Palo Alto to melt away the coverage for each gas shock as the frozen yogurt in the California sun, could be the E-Tron nearly forever continue at the present: With an average fuel consumption of 2.2 liters ranges of diesel fuel for about 1000 kilometers. What consumes the E-Tron 100 kilometers range, the patrol car of Officer Eninguez probably not even start.

‘The concept is not just sporty and economical,’ says Haller, ‘it also gives us new freedom for the vehicle dynamics.’ That the Spyder so much craves curves and so nimbly flying through the Hollywood Hills, thanks also to the so-called torque vectoring. Instead long way toward the ESP individual wheels in critical situations, turns the Audi – at least in theory – to even a little. No wonder that he becomes the king curve.

When the officer stopped at the photo again unlocks, he sees the matter with the streamers no longer quite so categorical. On contrary, ‘I would take the smooth,’ he says, offering only half-jokingly to his official car in exchange. But Haller Project Officer must disappoint just like all other interested parties. Details such as the operating system, the design of the front section, the electric drive Quattro and the plug-in-principle will be seen soon in the series though, says the project manager. But the Spyder itself probably remains forever a unique piece. Even if a sports car Audi TT and R8 between the models would be good to face, Haller is skeptical.