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Audi RSQ E-Tron

- | By Scott Hunt­ing­ton

Audi is tak­ing it to the next level by de­but­ing their new con­cept car, the RSQ E-Tron

We’re no stranger to see­ing cars on the big screen. There have been no­table movie fran­chises, like the Fast and Fu­ri­ous films, that are cen­tered around the ve­hi­cles. Even an­i­mated movies, like Dis­ney’s Cars, have fea­tured some iconic cars. Audi is tak­ing it to the next level by de­but­ing their new con­cept car — the RSQ e-tron — in 20th Cen­tury Fox’s new an­i­mated film Spies in Dis­guise.


Spies in Dis­guise fol­lows su­per-spy Lance Ster­ling — voiced by Will Smith — who, dur­ing the course of his job, is turned into a pi­geon. While Lance is stuck in pi­geon form, it’s up to him and his tech ge­nius side­kick Wal­ter — voiced by Spi­derman alumni Tom Hol­land — to save the world.

What we’re most ex­cited about is his car — the Audi RSQ e-tron. This fan­tas­tic con­cept car is a fully elec­tric car that still man­ages to emit the growl­ing en­gine noise of a stan­dard su­per­car, in spite of not hav­ing a gaso­line en­gine. The car it­self is also fully au­tonomous and equipped with both ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and tech­nol­ogy to help it trans­form into what­ever the main char­ac­ter needs. It also fea­tures a holo­graphic dash dis­play, which we’re close to see­ing in to­day’s cars.

While you won’t see the e-tron on the show­room floor at your lo­cal Audi deal­er­ship, this movie is still a smart move for the car man­u­fac­turer.


Audi isn’t just show­cas­ing their brand in this new fam­ily movie. By cre­at­ing the

RSQ e-tron for Spies in Dis­guise, Audi is show­ing the next gen­er­a­tion just how cool elec­tric cars can be. The e-tron might not even get a model, but it’s very sim­i­lar to the cur­rent

con­cept cars be­ing pro­duced by Audi’s R&D de­part­ment. The PB18, for ex­am­ple, is an elec­tric car that the man­u­fac­turer is cur­rently work­ing on.

The PB18, named for Peb­ble Beach where it’s be­ing show­cased, fea­tures a trans­par­ent OLED dis­play that sits in the driver’s line of sight. While it’s not as cool as the holo­gram dis­play fea­tured in the RSQ e-tron, it’s a step up from ana­log and dig­i­tal dash­boards that we’ve had in cars in the past.

This ex­ist­ing e-tron is made pri­mar­ily of car­bon fiber and alu­minum, mak­ing it one of the light­est elec­tric cars on the mar­ket. In­stead of an en­gine, the area un­der the hood is oc­cu­pied by a solid state, liq­uid­cooled bat­tery pack. The bat­tery pack is why you won’t see this elec­tric ve­hi­cle on the mar­ket any­time soon — this solid-state bat­tery tech­nol­ogy hasn’t been adopted in the au­to­mo­tive mar­ket­place as of yet.

In spite of its elec­tric pow­er­train, the PB18 con­cept has a range of 311 miles and can gen­er­ate 671 horse­power thanks to three elec­tric mo­tors. The core mo­tor un­der the hood cre­ates 200 horse­power, and the two in­di­vid­ual en­gines that power the rear wheels cre­ate a to­tal of 603 horse­power.


While we might not see the RSQ e-tron or the PB18 on the mar­ket any­time soon, this movie is a step in the right di­rec­tion when it comes to elec­tric cars in pop­u­lar me­dia. It’s the per­fect ex­am­ple of what the en­gi­neers at Audi can do, both in re­al­ity and in an­i­ma­tion.

You can see the RSQ e-tron in Spies in Dis­guise when it hits the­aters in Septem­ber of 2019. Hope­fully, in the next few years, we’ll be able to see these fan­tas­tic elec­tric lux­ury cars hit­ting the high­ways of the real world. Elec­tric cars are more than just eco-friendly. Audi has proven that they can be cool too, and we can’t wait to see the RSQ e-tron in ac­tion in Spies in Dis­guise.

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