Another week, another new Audi.
Blimey, the way Audi owners Volkswagen are going, I think I could change the word “week” to “minute” such is the size and number of cars being hatched up and built at their plants the whole world over.
In 2018 the VW group produced just the 10.8 million cars from their 61 sites scattered across the globe, making them the world’s biggest car maker as they overtook Toyota, who produced 10.2 million cars. Hyundai are third with 4.6 million.
This week it’s the turn of a second version of the Audi e-tron, called the 50 quattro, to join the masses.
The current e-tron 55 quattro costs £71,560 and has a range of 237 miles, but at the price it’s way beyond normal people, so this one may be in your price range.
Especially if you’ve fallen out of the “don’t know what to do with it all” category to the plain “merely wealthy”.
It doesn’t go on sale until early next year and, so far, Audi haven’t said how much it will cost, but my guess is around £50,000.
Why I’ve settled for that figure is based on its range, performance and power.
For starters, while the current 55 badged e-tron has a 95kWh battery, the scaled down 50 will have a cheaper 71kWh battery, reducing its range from 237 miles to 186 miles.
Two electric motors, mounted on separate axles, and with a total power output of 230kW and 540Nm (400lb) of torque give it a 0-62mph time of 7.0s and a limited top speed of 118mph.
The e-tron 55 hits 0-60mph in 5.7s and top speed is 124mph.
Audi say the new car will charge up to 80% of its capacity in half an hour at a fast charging station.
Trouble is, the chances of finding one of those before you have to call a tow truck are lower than finding water on an abandoned planet, so it’s best to stick with shorter trips and charging it at home overnight.
A product of the carbon-neutral Audi Brussels plant, the e-tron 50 quattro only uses the rear electric motor when needed, it comes with air suspension as standard and has a newly developed brake system which is activated only when the force of deceleration exceeds 0.3 g.
This results in short braking distances, but better re-charging.
If you can afford one of these things you can find the cash for a decent home charger at the same time.