Audi cans R8 e-tron

The e-tron helped Audi gather data about EVs.

Audi has announced the all-electric R8 e-tron has been sent to the history book after a discreet production run that lasted a little over a year.

The electric version of the second-generation R8 was billed as a rolling laboratory when it made its official debut during last year's edition of the Geneva Auto Show. Audi boldly claimed it had designed the sports car of the future, but the e-tron didn't live up to its expectations.

The R8 e-tron was exclusively offered in Europe, where buyers were put off by its €1 million (about $1.1 million) price tag. Audi is currently in the process of building and delivering the last few units, according to Car & Driver. Fewer than 100 examples of the e-tron were built, but a more specific figure isn't available.

Power for the e-tron comes from a pair of electric motors mounted right over the rear axle. They generate 455 horsepower and a massive 678 pound-feet of torque, enough to send the coupe from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds. The e-tron offers 279 miles of range thanks in part to a low drag coefficient of 0.28.

News of the R8's demise is hardly a surprise. In Switzerland last year, Audi openly admitted the e-tron was a low-volume model built to gather as much data as possible about high-performance electric vehicles.

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