Follow the trends of the car industry, and you’d be forgiven for assuming that electrification went hand in hand with autonomous driving. Certainly, the concepts of tomorrow’s zero-emissions transportation don’t usually involve flesh & blood behind the wheel. Audi’s latest show car, though, makes no such excuses for the driver.
Making its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Excellence 2018, the Audi PB18 e-tron is a vision of what an engaging all-electric supercar might consist of. Equipped with three electric motors – two at the rear and one at the front – it promises up to 570 kW of power and more than 612 lb-ft of torque, for 0-62 mph in a little over 2 seconds. That’s just slightly slower than the Audi LMP1 race car.
Despite that pace, Audi says it still expects the PB18 e-tron to deliver over 310 miles of range. Inside there are two seats, but the passenger’s seat can be removed and the driver’s seat shifted into a central position for racing. That’s just the right spot to see through a transparent OLED screen, showing metrics like the perfect line for cornering.