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Audi A1 e-Tron Plug-In Hybrid Lives Once More, Sans Rotary

Remember the Audi A1 e-tron? Audi canned it earlier this year, citing its lack of viability as a production model.

Well, it’s back, only this time shorn of its unusual Wankel rotary engine sitting under the trunk floor.

Instead, the latest version of the concept uses a more conventional–though still efficient–1.5-liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, putting out 130 horsepower.

That helps supply the two electric motors with power, once the 50-mile all-electric range has been depleted.

One of the electric motors, paired with the engine, is mainly used as a starter and generator. This motor develops 68 horsepower.

The other, which puts out 116 horses and peak torque of 184 lb ft, is the electric traction motor and drives the front wheels. Total system output is 175 horsepower, and Audi is claiming 62mph can be reached in under 9 seconds.


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