Electric car fans will have another option to chose from in 2012, Audi announced this week.
Unveiling its E-Tron electric car at the LA Auto Show, Audi showed off a shiny orange version of the car which originally debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The announcement came after months of anticipation and a secretive Internet campaign.
The engine behind Audi's latest eco-machine is powered by a 42.4 kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled lithium ion battery which supports four motors that produce 313 horsepower. With 3,319 pounds of torque, the car goes from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds, and 60 to 120 in 4.1 seconds -- a level of power almost unprecedented in an electric car.
Peter Scharzenbauer, marketing and sales board member of Audi, told Wired that this car has been a long time coming for the brand: "Five years ago we began to dream of this car. It shows what is possible, and that an electric car can be very, very emotional."
The reaction to Audi's latest project has been overwhelmingly positive. An article at CarDomain Blog states:
"The body is so smooth and clean it almost looks like this eco-beast was grown in a vat, and not constructed by something as mortal and clumsy as human hands. I don't really care for the wheels--they look a little too much like food processor blades--but overall, this car is a complete knockout, and getting these few shots probably took close to an hour, because all the media peeps were swarming over it. The scene honestly made me think of killer bees attacking a bull."
As commenter "GTwildfire" enthusiastically put it on the CarDomain Blog, "OH HELL YEAH. Gimme Torque, with a side of Orange."
WATCH this video by Car & Driver from E-Tron's appearance at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September: