Second generation of the Audi R8 debuted at this year's Geneva Motor Show

The R8 e-tron has an electric range of 450 kilometers (280 miles) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.9 seconds

3/19/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1

No sooner had Audi AG pleased us with the fact that Audi R8 e-tron electric sports car available to order than they made us happy one more time -- second generation of the Audi R8 was presented at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

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Audi AG has made series of engineering developments in its high-performance electric sports car, the R8 e-tron. 

The brand-new vehicle is promising to be the next big thing and Audi has big plans on this car.

But what's so special about this car?What has been changed and(-or) improved in comparison with the first generation of the Audi R8?

Well, let's figure it out.

Platform

The next R8 uses an all-wheel-drive, mid-engine platform, which is shared with the Lamborghini Huracan. The architecture is comprised of an aluminum frame and carbon-fiber components to reduce mass.

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Audi Space Frame

 

The latest evolution of the vehicle takes up the multimaterial Audi Space Frame from the new series-production model.

The supporting structure was enhanced by a CFRP rear-section module comprising the luggage compartment. The walls of the CFRP luggage compartment well are corrugated. This way, in the event of a rear-end collision, more energy can be absorbed despite the reduced material weight.

New outer shells and wheels

Thanks to targeted modifications to the outer shell and on the wheels, the Audi R8 e‑tron achieves an aerodynamic drag coefficient (cd) value of 0.28. In terms of performance and range, the car enters entirely new dimensions.

Doped battery

The large T-shaped battery is structurally integrated into the center tunnel and behind the occupant cell - optimally positioned in the car. It supports the dynamics of the R8 e-tron with its low center of gravity. Audi produces the high-voltage battery itself, for the first time based on a newly developed lithium-ion technology which was specially conceived for a purely electric vehicle drive. In comparison to the first technology platform, the battery capacity has grown from 49 kWh to approximately 92 kWh. This progress was possible without changing the package.

Range

The R8 e-tron achieves an electric range of 450 kilometers (280 miles) instead of a previous 215 kilometers (134 miles) with an energy density that has been increased from 84 Wh/kg to 154 Wh/kg and some other modifications to the car.

CSS-charging

The electrically powered high-performance sports car has the Combined Charging System (CCS) on board, which allows charging with direct and alternating current. Using this system, it is possible to fully charge the battery in less than two hours.

Power

The power is now twice 170 kW and the maximum torque twice 460 Nm (339.3 lb-ft). The R8 e-tron accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds on its way to an electronically restricted top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph) or 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Intelligent energy management and an electromechanical brake system enable high energy recuperation rates. Targeted torque vectoring ensures maximum stability and dynamism.

Production & price

The Audi AG will launch this brand-new vehicle in early 2016 and the car will be available by special order only(that's quite obvious cause price starts from $250,000).

So, if you want to buy this car - you'd better off start saving your money.Luxurious sports cars have never been a cheap thing.

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