Audi brings a new electric concept to the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show: the e-Tron Quattro Concept. The electric concept has a range of 310 miles and provides a future look at a planned electric SUV from the company, which should arrive in early 2018.
The e-tron concept uses three electric motors: One motor drives the front wheels and two drive the rears. Total output is 429 hp normally and 496 during small events of boost. Torque is rated at 590 lb-ft. Top speed is 130 mph while the sprint to 62 mph takes 4.6 seconds.
The 95kWh-battery is good for a range of 310 miles while a full charge with a 150kW charger takes about 50 minutes. A full charge, while using a 150 kW connection, takes only 50 minutes, which is lightening-fast for an EV with 310 mils of range.
In terms of handling, the Audi e-tron Quattro Concept will come with as-standard adjustable air suspension, adjustable dampers and all-wheel steering. The adjustable air suspension will automatically lower itself at high speed to reduce drag and increase aerodynamic efficiency. The rear-wheel steering will turn opposite the fronts at low speed, to effectively “reduce” the wheelbase, giving it a tighter turning circle.
At high speed, the rear wheels will turn in the same direction as the fronts to effectively “lengthen” the wheelbase, giving it better high speed stability.
Expect a production car to arrive in 2018.