Oh man. This is embarrassing. Just like the entirety of the automotive press, we too were taken in by the figures which Audi gave out.
Let us recap this. The Audi e-Tron is an electric supercar from Audi. It has four electric motors – one in each wheel – which power the car. Audi told the world media that the car produces a maximum torque of 3319 lb-ft or 5400 Nm. That is just Wow.
It turns out we were fooled. Not deliberately, by Audi did not help matters either. See, the company measured torque at the wheel, instead of at the driveshaft as is the norm. And the difference, if you measure torque at the wheel, could be as much as ten times.
Automobile magazine figured it out this week. Audi has a reason to measure the torque at the wheel of the e-Tron – after all, this is a car which does not have a normal engine, driveshaft configuration. But they could have told us when we went ga-ga over the astounding figures.
According to the mag, the actual torque produced by the e-Tron would be closer to 300 lb-ft. Now, that is a little less than the torque of the Tesla Roadster’s 273 lb-ft.
The Audi e-Tron is still an amazing car, and it can do some stuff really well, and is a technological tour de force when it comes to electric car tech. It is just that the torque is not what any of us thought. Sheesh. Audi, if you were a human, we would pull your trousers down in front of some cute girls just to have our revenge on you!