The e-Tron Spyder is not just a roofless version of the e-Tron coupe, this beauty comes with an all-new plug-in diesel hybrid-electric drivetrain, and its longer and wider wheelbase.
Compared to the previous e-Tron concept, this one is powered by a turbochargers 3,0-litre TDI engine with an output of 300hp, combined with two asynchronous electric motors with a total output of 88hp. The result is a sprint from 0 to 96km/h in 4.4 seconds and a top speed limited to 249km/h.
The e-Tron is 1.81m wide, just 4.06m long and only 1.11m in height. Due in no small part to the short wheelbase of only 2.43m – 22cm shorter than that of the R8 – the body of the e-Tron Spyder comes across as extremely stocky. The exterior is striking with frameless side glass surfaces that taper downward toward the rear. They form a unit with the windshield, which is strongly bowed and inclined like the visor of a helmet.
All light units use ultra-efficient LED technology. As with the R8 and the e-Tron sports car concept cars, the trademark four rings are located above the single-frame. Beneath the trademark is the charging station for the batteries. Another distinctive feature of this show car are the 20-inch wheels, that take the blade design of the first e-Tron show car and refine it into a three-dimensional turbine design.
The cockpit of the Audi e-Tron Spyder is very driver-orientated. Instead of the classic instrument cluster, the concept car is equipped with a large, display with integrated MMI functions and flanked by two round dials. The MMI can be controlled via a touch-sensitive control panel on the steering wheel – an element inspired by modern smartphones. It can also be controlled via the MMI control unit (MMI touch) on the center console. The steering wheel itself is clearly flattened off at both the top and bottom. Besides information about the speed, the revs of the combustion engine and the electric drive, the central display also provides all of the key information from the infotainment and navigation systems.