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Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept is a beautiful 311-mile EV beast


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The barrage has started. Volkswagen opened up the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show with a number of exciting plug-in vehicle concepts. The Audi entrant, one of the few we had hints of before the show started, is a "sporty" electric SUV called the E-Tron Quattro concept. You can probably guess who the target competition is for this luxury EV with an expected 311-mile range.

Gallery: Audi e-tron Quattro Concept | 9 Photos

Of course, as a concept, what we see today is not the vehicle that Audi will be selling when its all-electric SUV comes to market in "early 2018." Still, this pretty-in-blue design "provides a concrete foretaste" of the SUV that will hit the market, according to Ulrich Hackenberg, a member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development.

So, then, what's the E-Tron Quattro concept taste like? How about three electric motors (one up front, two on the rear axle) that offer a total output of 320 kW (429 horsepower) under normal circumstances and up to 370 kW (496 hp) using boost. The E-Tron Quattro's boost also offer's 590 pound-feet of torque.
All of that power is good enough to push the sleek concept to 100 kilometers per hour (62.1 miles per hour) in 4.6 seconds. Top speed will be electronically limited to 130.5 mph. This isn't Tesla ludicrous territory, but is should feel plenty peppy on the road.

As for charging, the concept offers a few ways to fill up the 95-kWh battery pack. There's the expected SAE Combo/Combined Charging System (CCS) outlet as well as wireless induction charging. Audi says that a 150-kW DC fast charger can fill up the pack in around 50 minutes, but good luck finding a plug that can handle that much power – even in 2018.

The concept has other tricks, like Matrix OLED lights (debuting on this concept) throughout and a solar roof that will put a little bit of energy into the battery. You can read all of the nitty-gritty details in the press release and flip through the gallery above to see the concept from just about every possible angle.

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