The digital instrument display from the Audi R8 e-tronEnlarge Photo
Audi’s R8 e-tron is set to impress attendees of the upcoming Paris Auto Show with its electronics, such as the previously heralded digital rear view mirror.
From what we can see in a newly-released video, recently filmed at a German technology event, the R8 e-tron will debut with a cutting-edge, all-electronic LCD dash display, as well as a large touchscreen infotainment display on the center console.
We’d say we’ve never seen seen such innovation before, except that we have - in the Tesla Model S sedan. In fact, before the Tesla, the range-topping Jaguar XJ sedan debuted with an LCD instrument display in 2009.
As Plug In Cars points out, the R8 e-tron’s dash gives the driver a power meter instead of a relatively unneeded tachometer. We’re sure the display can be reconfigured by the user as well, as this is an oft-cited advantage of LCD instrumentation.
As for the center-stack screen, let’s just say it’s quite a bit smaller (and thus, in our eyes, less functional) than the touch screen display in the Tesla Model S.
2012 Tesla Model S display screen [Photo: Flickr user jurvetson]Enlarge Photo
The touchscreen center console from the Audi R8 e-tronEnlarge Photo