Next Generation

With the Audi R8 E-tron, all-electric driving looks ready to launch into the luxury performance market with the speed, grace and sophistication that has come to define the brand.

The Chevy Volt this is not. Audi’s R8 E-tron — currently in concept, with the commercial release expected later this year — boasts 375 hp, capable of launching this impressive machine from 0-60 in just 4.6 seconds. It’s also possibly the fastest electric car in production, kicking the Nurburgring lap to the curb at a record-breaking 8:09.009 minutes. Speed demons should note that the production model will be electronically limited to a top speed of 124 mph…but outside the racetrack, when would we be going anywhere near that fast? What you’ll like best is the notion of a luxuriously outfitted electric car that goes well beyond merely getting out of its own way;