Audi E-Tron Launch Edition Revealed, Will Fight The Tesla Model X Head On
Those sci-fi cameras win it IMO
After months of waiting and a couple of minor setbacks (like the CEO going to prison, no biggie), the Audi e-tron Launch Edition has been revealed at last. We now know how much Audi’s first all-electric car will cost, and when you’ll be able to whisper past your neighbours in smug silence. Do you need to cancel that Model X order?
You’ll be able to order the e-tron from early 2019 in the UK, and Audi USA says deliveries will start in the springtime. Unlike Tesla (the UK is still waiting for the Model 3, over a year after its launch), that’ll mean most global markets will get e-trons at the same time. To park one on your driveway, you’ll need £71,490/ $74,800.
But you’ll want the Launch Edition, which costs £82,240 in the UK. The specification is ‘comprehensive’, which might be under-selling it slightly. The Launch Edition comes with Matrix LED lighting, 21-inch Platinum-look Audi Sport alloy wheels, a premium leather interior and those ultra-futuristic wing mirror cameras. We’re definitely in the future now.
The cameras offer crisp, high-definition pictures of whatever you’ve just glided past. They’re heated, dirt and water-repellent, and even adjust the brightness and magnification automatically depending on where you’re driving. So if you’re in a tunnel, parking or on the motorway, the mirrors will alter to offer the best view of what’s behind you.
I know this isn’t a camera website, but bear with – these are cool. They reduce the width of the SUV by a chunky 15cm (handy for tight car parks) and massively reduce the aerodynamic drag. Conventional wing mirrors are like little parachutes that create resistance, so the cameras actually increase the range.
Speaking of the range, you get at least 248 miles on the new WLTP test. The electric Hyundai Kona will do more than that, I hear you say, but the e-tron also offers 0-62mph acceleration in 5.7 seconds and fast-charging to 80% capacity in just half an hour.
The e-tron Launch Edition also includes a panoramic glass sunroof, Audi’s snazzy Virtual Cockpit, smartphone mirroring, wireless charging, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and a 360-degree parking camera.
Should you choose to put a deposit down now, you also have the chance to own the Edition 1 version of the e-tron, which is limited to 30 cars.
What do you think of the e-tron?
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