Audi now says its e-Tron concept generates 501.5 lb-ft of torque

By Auto News Log • December 24th, 2009

The Audi e-Tron concept is quite impressive all alone, previewing a very powerful all-electric model. But more impressive were the torque figures the company announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show where it unveiled the concept: a whopping 3,319.03 lb-ft (4,500 Nm).

Seeing as how even the newest supercars like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG achieve just 738 lb-ft, quite a few eyebrows were raised. After a bit of detective work, it seems that the torque rating was measured at the wheel, and not at the drive shaft, as is the industry standard. It then seemed that the actual figure was around 252 lb-ft.

Now, it seems that Audi released a statement in which it clarifies the use of the huge number and reveals a “classic” torque rating for its model. It seems that 3,319 was used in order to truly convey the acceleration of the e-Tron, as the four electric motors made the torque available right from 0 rpm. But in case you want to actually know the rating, it seems that the four motors put out a combined 501.5 lb-ft, more than enough to throw you in your seat every time you touch the gas pedal.

Source: Rpmgo.com

 

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