Audi promotes space in their electrical futures more than SUVs or crossovers.
After a series of teasers, the German automaker finally revealed the Audi e-tron GT concept, the four-door all-electric coupe that has some Porsche DNA sprinkled over and looks like a lot like the A7. Audi introduced the concept on Wednesday by L.A. auto shows on press days.
The GT concept is followed by the Audi e-tron SUV, the first electric vehicle that was discovered in September, to be produced in volume production next year.
E-tron GT is now a concept. But not for a long time.
The E-tron GT concept will be developed in volume production models by the end of 2020. Initial deliveries to customers will be made at the beginning of 2021. Audi said its subsidiary Audi Sport is responsible for converting a car into a volume production model.
First of all, significant specifications.
The Audi e-tron GT, which has a flat, wide-ranging architecture and long wheelbase, is equipped with separate electric motors attached to the front and rear axles and produces an equivalent 590 horsepower. According to Audi, the e-tron GT will accelerate from 0 to about 60 miles per hour in about 3.5 seconds and will reach a maximum speed that is only shy at 150 mph.
The interior is also vegan – possibly lace in Tesla – with synthetic leather and fabric from recycled fibers used for seat cushions, armrests and central. Audi does not indicate whether the production version will offer Vegan interior.
The vehicle has some Porsche touches. The Audi GT e-tron will be built on the Porsche Taycan platform. Taycan, formerly known as Mission E, is an electric sports car that Porsche plans to produce in series in 2019.
Although Porsche worked with the Audi e-tron GT, it should not be confused with the other joint electric platform projects between the two companies. Audi and Porsche have also collaborated to develop their Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which will be the basis for many Audi family of families with all electric drives.
The electric GT will be about 248.5 miles, although it may change until the vehicle moves to volume production. The Audi e-tron GT also has the same 800-volt system as the Porsche Taycan, which reduces the time it takes to recharge the battery. According to Audi, it will take about 20 minutes to charge the battery up to 80% of its capacity. (It should be noted that the Audi e-tron SUV does not have this feature.)
The E-tron GT concept battery can be recharged with cable or wireless mode while placing the vehicle on a charging tray that is mounted on the floor. It is not clear whether the induction charging function will become an e-tron GT production version.
The E-tron GT is just the beginning of what's about to be the series of electric vehicles in the Audi series. The company has said that by the year 2025 it will sell 12 fully electric vehicles.