The on-again off-again saga of the all-electric Audi R8 e-tron is enough to make even the rockiest high school relationship look normal and healthy, but the automaker has finally committed to building an electric version of supercar. Yet we haven’t seen a whole lot of the made-to-order R8 e-tron, with this recent spy video from the Nürburgring finally letting us hear this electric supercar whisper.
Considering that Audi nearly cancelled the R8 e-tron for good after its range and performance wasn’t up to par, the new specs are plenty healthy. The electric motors spin out 456 horsepower and 679 lb-ft of torque, which is even more than the gas-fed V10, and the impressive 280 miles of range is made possible thanks to a massive 92 kWh battery pack.
Yet despite weighing nearly two tons, the R8 e-tron can be seen here quietly swooping through the turns of the famous German race track. It sounds more like a jet than a car, for those complaining that electric vehicles lack any sort of distinctive sound, and the ability to sprint from 0 to 62 MPH in just 3.9 seconds is enough to keep it ahead of most of the competition.
I’m glad Audi didn’t give up on the R8 e-tron; the Tesla P85D needs some competition to keep things interesting, after all.