The new model of autonomous car which was presented at Geneva in 2015, known as Audi R8 e-tron was decided to be canceled. Developers had to revoke this car’s making process probably because it is slower than Tesla’s model. A spokesperson from Audi had declared that his company managed to sell approximately a hundred cars of this model before it was canceled. The price of a car like the Audi R8 e-tron was 1 million euros.
Tesla’s autonomous car which was launched at about the same time, the S P90D model, displayed better features than the R8 e-tron. Although Audi’s vehicle was never tested by the EPA system, developers have claimed that it reached 280 miles considering the European cycle. Probably this is the reason why this model never reached the car industry from the US.
The first time when Audi has presented their concept of Audi R8 e-tron autonomous vehicle was back in 2009, after the first-generation of R8. The new model got ready for production in a very short period. Until it got to become popular on the market, Tesla’s new model was already in showrooms. The NSDQ: TSLA Model S was offering better features at an extraordinary range. The other advantage was the price which was more accessible than the one the Audi model had.
After this unpleasant event, Audi gave up the process of development. In 2013, when the car industry and also the market were already accustomed to the idea of electric vehicles, Audi chose to try again. Their car’s updates were significantly improved, but unfortunately, their level did not manage to surpass Tesla’s Model S updated features. Tesla’s electric car was even better the Mercedes’ AMG model which was also equipped with the SLS AMG Electric Drive. This system proved to be faster than Audi’s, having an improved range.
Despite all these obstacles, Audi decided to give it another try last year when the company thought the R8 e-tron version would be provided. The car had an engine of 456 horsepower and 678 pound-feet of torque, characteristics which determined this car to be Audi’s first rear-wheel-drive. Its top speed was 130 mph, having an option of reaching up to 155 mph. Probably the last year’s cancellation of the model was for good because the developers wanted even more from this car.
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