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A Tale of Two Audi R8: Spyder and e-Tron wows Frankfurt motor show

The recent auto show in Frankfurt was graced by two Audi R8 facing two different directions. On one platform is the R8 Spyder and the other is the e-Tron Concept. The Audi 2011 Spyder zooms on a V10 with a Lamborghini DNA while the 2009 concept car e-Tron is undeniably all-electric green.

The Audi R8 Spyder sports a V-10 5.2L power plant in its engine bay that is capable of giving out 525 horsepower with a torque of 391 pound-feet. The R8 Spyder speeds up from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is pegged at 195 mph despite an additional 200 pounds compared to the coupe with a hard top.

It comes with a soft top as originally preferred by the engineers in Germany. Other sleek features are seat capable of bouncing off heat and seatbelts with built in microphones to make hands free mobile phone calls easier to handle.

Audi R8 e-Tron Audi R8 Spyder Photo

The Audi concept e-Tron boasts of 3,309 lb-feet of torque. All of it coming from the electric motors. Four electric motors power the car with a 2-2 electric motor configuration for the front and rear wheels. The car can blast from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds. Top speed is recorded at 124.27 mph. Torque vectoring allows for great handling and dynamics of the car as it maximizes its impressive torque.

The car has a range of about 154 miles on single charging of the lithium-ion batteries that stores about 42.4 kW hours. Charging of the batteries can take six to eight hours but can be done in just 2.5 hours for high-voltage charging.

The car is a bit heavy at 3,530 pounds with a third of the weight coming from the batteries, inverter, and other electronics. It is well distributed though with a mid engine configuration.

Looking at the Audi R8 Spyder and the e-Tron, both are cars to drool for. End of story. More Audi News at our friends over at Audi Talk.org.

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