The Audi R8 e-tron: Green Car, Green Light

For a number of years, Audi played around with the idea of releasing a fully-electric version of their R8 supercar. It was debated, it was shown to the public as a concept, it was driven by Iron Man himself, but it was never given the go-ahead for production. Now, with their second generation R8, Audi have revealed that the production e-tron will see the light of day.

Not many details have been revealed about Audi's all-electric supercar, but we do know that it's going to be fast. The e-tron's electric motors are capable of producing 456 horsepower and an astonishing 678 lb ft of torque. This, which will probably driven to all four wheels, allows the R8 e-tron to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill in a very silent 3.9 seconds. The electric powertrain is also capable of a range of 280 miles, which isn't too bad at all.

Visually, the e-tron is very similar to its gas-powered siblings, but a trained eye will be able to notice the changes. The filled-in intakes and grille, the revised hood, the slightly radical wheels and the lack of rear exhaust pipes reveal that this car can do its job without internal combustion.

The R8 e-tron will be put into a limited-production run, and therefore will be noticeably rarer than the other variants of Audi's flagship supercar. Pricing has not yet been announced, nor have the markets in which it will be sold, but one thing's for sure. The e-tron is a very interesting car, and I can't wait to see footage of one sliding around sideways in a cloud of silently-produced tire smoke.