Audi E-Tron Impresses 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg

If you’ve been following 2016 F1 champion Nico Rosberg on social media lately, you probably know that he’s very invested in his YouTube channel and that one of his main passions when it comes to cars is electric mobility.

In his latest video, the ex-Mercedes driver took an Audi e-tron on a ride around Monaco (including parts of the street circuit), while also parking it next to a Lamborghini Urus on the pier for a photo shoot. So how impressed was he with the e-tron? Very, as it turns out.

The one factor he found decent, as in not great, was straight line acceleration, where the e-tron crossover is able to get from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds, before maxing out at 124 mph (200 km/h). If you were ever a Formula 1 driver, that type of performance will probably not even register with you, but for everyone else, it should be good enough, seen as how this is basically a family hauler.

As for the rest of the car, he spoke highly about its aerodynamic properties and how important they are as natural range extenders for electric vehicles. He also liked the tech-laden interior with all the screens, although it does take some getting used to the mirror screens, he noted, as your eyes have to adjust to look down instead of directly to the side.

The Audi e-tron is powered by two electric motors and a 95 kWh battery that combine for an output of 355 HP (360 PS). The crossover’s Boost Mode can then carry that figure to 402 HP (408 PS), to go with 490 lb-ft (664 Nm) of peak torque.

 

  • Bo Hanan

    If you want to be the VW-Group spokesperson just be it. Don’t try to fool us into believing that your being objective.

    • PK

      what do you mean?

  • no25

    boy needs some lip balm

  • Mark Hawthorne

    But a 200 miles range from another article I read. Seriously, what use is that in an everyday car?

    • Daniela Wolf

      260 when u drive like a normal human being.

      • Belthronding

        sounds way good enough for most of drivers.

      • Mark Hawthorne

        No axe to grind but I didn’t make it up: “Now it’s an Audi crossover’s turn to disappoint. The company’s electric E-tron SUV, which goes on sale next month, just received its own EPA rating: 204 miles from its 95-kWh battery…this is Wired Magazine quoting the official EPA number of 204 miles. And based on my experience of I-pace, the number on that car is pretty accurate.

        • Daniela Wolf

          Seems like normal human being can drive from MO to FR by charging only one time. ^^

          • Mark Hawthorne

            The facts are the facts. It has a 204 mile range as measured by the EPA standardised tests. You simply can’t deny that. Unless you’re living exclusively in a Trumpian post-truth world?

            And MO to FR? What does that mean? Monaco to France? They’re next to one another….

          • Daniela Wolf

            WLTP: 260 miles.

          • Mark Hawthorne

            The I-pace is 292 WLTP and 234EPA. I have never more than 242 from mine. So 260 WLTP doesn’t mean 260 real miles in my experience.

          • Daniela Wolf

            A car magazine claimed that I Pace , Model X and e-tron almost got the same range at 130 km/h long range testing.^^

          • Mark Hawthorne

            Then it’ll be just about adequate. Hardly ground breaking for a manufacturer late to the party. I find the I-Pace range one of its only flaws.

          • Daniela Wolf

            It kinda seems like all of these cars are like pre EV. 🙁
            The real electric generation will follow afterwards.

          • Mark Hawthorne

            Couldn’t agree more Daniela

          • Ryan

            Another test showed the Etron to be 25% less efficient than the Model X. The Etron is a huge disappointment.

          • Daniela Wolf

            For who?

          • Ryan

            The WLTP is a joke, the EPA is the only realistic range.

          • Daniela Wolf

            Dude EPA is a joke compared to WLTP.

          • Ryan

            Is that why all the WLTP are wildly inflated?

          • Daniela Wolf

            Why does the Model X lose 110 km after WLTP ?

      • S3XY

        You don’t know what you’re talking about. 200 is a full charge. EV’s charge to 90% to prolong battery so 184 miles full charge. Which is plenty for daily driving but when its comes to longer trips that means more frequent charging.

        But have no fear, Audis e-tron is the quickest charging SUV EV in the world!

        • Daniela Wolf

          WLTP range 417 km.^^ = 260 miles.^^

        • P H

          “You don’t know what you’re talking about. 200 is a full charge. EV’s charge to 90% to prolong battery so 184 miles full charge.”

          Maybe in your world, Tesla-fanboy! One of the reasons the e-tron doesn’t use all of its 95-kWh-capacity (and therefore has a shorter range) is that you don’t have to bother with such stupid things like thinking every time about the best battery charging strategy etc. – instead just plug-in, charge, go. Without threatening battery-life.

  • S3XY

    That interior is not impressive nor is the measly 200 mile range with no charging network.

    Lausy

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