A new report says the Audi e-Tron goes on sale in 2012 at prices higher than the R8. Only 1000 units of the 4,500Nm electric supercar will be built.

Audi has confirmed that that Audi R8 e-Tron electric supercar will be produced and that sales begin in 2012. Pricing is said to be higher than the R8.

According to Autocar, only 1,000 units will be built for the entire world market, making the car one of Audi's limited models. All e-Trons are to be made to order and if the 1,000-run does not sell out then production will cease.

"Electric cars are usually city cars," Achim Badstubner, Audi's head of exterior design told Autocar, "but this is difficult because batteries are so expensive, limiting their competitiveness."

The Audi e-Tron was first publically unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It has a total of four electric motors on each wheel and offers a system output of 230kW (313hp) and maximum torque of 4,500Nm. The quoted 0 - 100km/h time is 4.8 seconds while top speed is 200km/h (124mph). A range of around 248km (154 mi) is expected from a full battery.


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