Originally published on Gas2 by Chris DeMorro
The Audi Allroad Shooting Brake e-tron Concept is something old, something new, and something very exciting to talk about.
Audi stuck a plug-in hybrid drivetrain capable of delivering nearly 480 ft-lbs of torque, along with an all-electric driving range of some 31 miles, into a gorgeous ‘shooting brake’ bodystyle that we can’t help but fall in love with.
Like many recent Audi concepts, the Allroad Shooting Brake borrows e-tron technology for propulsion, utilizing a 2.0 liter gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors, one for each axle. Even with just a fairly small 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, Audi still claims a zero-emissions driving range of 31 miles per full charge.
More impressive though, the e-tron Quattro system can even handle some “light off-roading” hence the name “Allroad” though I don’t expect to see this concept crashing through sand dunes any time soon. On the road though, the Audi Allroad Concept can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 155 MPH.
The Allroad Concept was built in the same lane as prior Audi concepts, like the Sport Quattro Laserlight, but maintains a distinct styling of its own. Audi kept weight right around 3,500 pounds thanks to usage of carbon fiber and aluminum, though they won’t say whether this concept will go on sale, just that this is a “concrete look” at the future of Audi automobiles. Most likely we’ll get the still-cool-but-not-nearly-as-fast Audi A3 e-tron.
Take that as you will.
About the Author
Christopher DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn’t wrenching or writing, he’s running, because he’s one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.