Audi e-tron Concept for 2010 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Best Concept Car: Audi E-tron
The new, smaller E-tron concept shown at Detroit made most of us who were there at the Audi stand swoon. It looks good in pictures, but they don't quite do it justice; in person, you'll notice a lot of nuanced surface work, along with details that give it a softer look to contrast with the aggressive front end. It's one of those cars that you'll keep wandering back to if you head to the public days at Detroit. Shorter than a Nissan 370Z, and about the same overall length as a Tesla Roadster, the little e-Tron has presence—and a twin-electric-motor and lithium-ion powertrain good for 124 mph and 0 to 60 in less than six seconds. We're crossing fingers for production; the E-tron is already rumored to call out the design direction for an Audi sports car a step smaller than the R8—an R4, perhaps?