Audi E-tron vs The Detroit Showcar Audi E-tron

January 15, 2010 3
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Last year, at the 09 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi introduced their E-tron supercar concept (seen in red), a gorgeously designed electric car powered by a 1,036 pound lithium ion battery pack and 4 electric motors for each wheel. The lust-worthy E-tron, capable of 313 horsepower and 3,319 lb-ft of torque, can achieve 0-62 mph in 4.8 sec with a maximum speed of 125 mph and go 154 miles on just one charge.

Following up on last year’s debut, Audi recently unveiled their second rendition of the E-tron (seen in blue/gray) at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. While the earlier concept was once the main attraction, the newer Detroit Showcar Audi E-tron quickly stole the show.  Featuring a more sleek & aggressive design with sharper curves and an overall more attractive outline, the second concept can easily be labeled the more desirable E-Tron. Similar to the first concept, the newer E-tron is also packed with a lithium ion battery, however, only 2 electric motors are included for the rear wheels enabling a 204 horsepower system. With a smaller size you would expect the latest E-tron to have an increased speed, yet that’s not the case, it was clocked at 5.9 seconds for a 0-62 mph sprint with a top speed of 124 mph, slightly slower than the first model. However the reduced speed does not affect the battery, which can do 155 miles on a single charge.

Analyst expect the original E-tron version to be marked around the $200,000 price range, and because of their close similarities, the newer model will probably fall into the same category. Audi plans to build a few examples of the first concept by 2012, but there’s no mention of whether the newer E-tron will ever go into production. While both have their good and bad aspects, which E-tron concept would you like to see mass produced? Check out both Audi E-trons in the videos & pics below.