The dynamic e-tron Spyder, a technical study by Audi, is designed as a plug-in hybrid. Located in the front end, its lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 9.1 kWh can be recharged via electrical outlet; the electric drive unit operates in tandem with a powerful combustion engine. Both power units can operate independently or in unison.
Two electric motors with a combined output of 64 kW (87 hp) and 352 Nm (259.62 lb-ft) of torque propel the front wheels. Behind the open, two-seat passenger cell is a 3.0 TDI with twin turbochargers. It generates 221 kW (300 hp) and 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque, which is distributed by the seven-speed S tronic to the rear wheels.
All four wheels of the e-tron Spyder can be accelerated and braked individually, creating extremely precise, dynamic handling. The electric motors on the front wheels can be activated separately and a mechanical sport differential on the rear axle distributes the power. This form of “torque vectoring” marks a new advanced stage of the quattro principle – the e-tron quattro. The short wheelbase and low weight, achieved above all thanks to the aluminum body using the Audi Space Frame (ASF) construction principle, further hone its sporty character; the axle load distribution is 50 : 50.
The Audi e-tron Spyder sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.4 seconds and goes on to reach an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). As per the draft standard for plug-in hybrids, it consumes an average of only 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 km (106.92 US mpg), equivalent to 59 grams of CO2 per km (94.95 g/mile). The electric range is 50 km (31.07 miles) and the top speed in that mode is 60 km/h (37.28 mph). With its 50-liter (13.21 US gallons) fuel tank, the open-top two-seater has a range of more than 1,000 km (621.37 miles).
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