Aside from proving that you are a member of the intellectual elite possessed of an enlightened soul, one of the most appealing characteristics of electric drive is the massive, immediate burst of torque that only electric motors can provide. The E-tron seems designed to exaggerate this perk. The car will have not one but four electric motors, one for each wheel. Together they will produce a spine-snapping 3,319 pound-feet of torque, which means its tires will spin with three times the force as those on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, a 1,001-horsepower monster that makes 922 pound-feet of torque. Top speed will be limited to 124 mph, but that will just keep you out of jail. And after all, an electric car's range is limited by the amount of energy the battery can hold, so preserving energy is essential for getting back home; the E-tron will be able to travel 150 miles on a full charge.