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Published on June 29th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin

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E-Legend EL1 Is An Electric Version Of The Audi Sport Quattro

Would you spend 890,000 euros for this or would you rather buy a brand new Taycan instead?

The Audi Sport Quattro is one of, if not the, most legendary icons of the 80s. Powered by a turbocharged inline-five engine, which channels the output to the wheels via Audi’s proprietary all-wheel-drive system, the car was heralded as a game-changer for rally.

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Now, the Sport Quattro has been revived as an electric vehicle called EL1 by German firm E-Legend. Before you get all excited, do note that only 30 units of the retro EV will be made and each will come with an exorbitant price tag of 890,000 euros (RM4.4 million).

At the heart of the EL1 is a three-motor setup (one at the front, two at the rear), which gets its go-juice from a 90-kWh battery pack that reportedly uses the same 800-volt technology as the Porsche Taycan. Also included is a sophisticated liquid cooling system for the battery.

The three electric motors combine to give the EL1 a healthy total system output of 805 hp (600 kW) and in conjunction with all-wheel drive, enable it to complete the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 2.8 seconds and onwards to 200 km/h in less than 10 seconds.

As for the driving range, the battery provides enough power for the EL1 to cover up to 400 km or complete two full laps at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in the Sport Plus driving mode.

The car is said to weigh around 1,680 kg, which is pretty light for an EV with three electric motors. For instance, both the Taycan and Tesla Model S tip the scale at 2 tons or more. This could be due to the use of a carbon fibre monocoque and presumably other weight saving measures.

In terms of design, the EL1 evidently has proportions that are not very far off from the car it is based on, along with a number of unmistakeable Quattro design cues such as the rectangular headlights, triple air vents, bulging wheel arches and the chopped rear.

Inside, you’ll find a minimalistic cabin design with up to four displays. Of course, these are just digital renderings of the car, so keep in mind that a few things could change when it goes into production.

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