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Audi in 2009 with better specs than Volt.

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How is this possible?

The Metroproject Quattro's hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.4-liter TFSI gasoline direct-injection engine rated at 150 horsepower and driving the front wheels, teamed with a 41-hp electric motor in the rear. An S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox is mated to the drivetrain.

The lithium-ion battery pack has plug-in capability, providing a driving range of 62 miles in pure electric mode. Fuel economy is further enhanced through regenerative braking and an engine stop/start system.

Audi claims 0-60 miles per hour acceleration in less than 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph. On premium fuel, the car returns fuel economy of 48 miles per gallon.

Americans wouldn't love this car? Hello? Anybody home?

The A1 is expected to reach European dealerships in mid-2009.
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I wouldn't get too excited about this car's performance as it relates to the Volt. That 0-60 time is with the gas engine working full blast. As for 62 all EV mode, well how do you think this car will perform with only 47hp? Sure 62 miles, but at what speed? I don't know if the user has the option of all EV mode or not, but if it is fully automatic, then this car is simply a hybrid that gets a nice 48mpg. People will drive this car as they drive their cars now and that will force the ICE to be on all the time. Then there is the cost. Nowhere does it say how much they'll be selling this for, but if current Audis are an indication, then loads of cash will be needed.

It is a clever and simple way of building a PHEV though. Makes more sense than Toyota's Synergy thing. Better specs than the Volt? I'm not so sure. The Volt will allow you to drive the car as you have always driven your car with no modification in your driving habits and use no fuel most of the time. The Audi will drive like a regular car and deliver a respectable 48mpg, or switch to EV mode and the car will perform about on par with a Model T Ford.

Using the Mini Cooper as a guide for weight = 2546lbs
Add about 350lbs for additional electric motor, controller, battery pack and drive train = 2896
Power to weight ratio = 61.61 lbs per HP

1914 Model T Ford = 1200lbs
HP= 20
Power to weight = 60 lbs per HP

This car will get you around town in urban enviroments in EV mode, just don't try to merge or play in fast traffic.
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