Audi unveiled the Audi e-tron GT Concept at the LA Auto Show 2018. The plans for its unveiling had long been known, as Audi had always been clear that it was going to launch a number of e-tron models.
It8217;s a four-seat sports coupé, aiming to give you performance and luxury, with Audi mentioning the R8 and the A7 a lot at the launch. We8217;ll be keeping track of the GT8217;s launch plans, to help you stay in the picture.
The Audi e-tron SUV is the first all-electric model to launch. Arriving in 2019, it has set the scene for Audi8217;s electric plans. It will be followed by the e-tron Sportback model 8211; also due in 2019 8211; with similar specs (it uses the same battery for example), leaving the Audi e-tron GT to launch in 2020.
The Audi e-tron GT Concept is the child of Marc Lichte, who has been responsible for a number of changes to Audi design in recent years. The e-tron GT is muscular and sporty, riding low 8211; a full 2 inches lower than the Audi8217;s executive A7 model.
At first glance we see a lot of the Audi A5 in it 8211; both in terms of overall design, but also in size. As this is technically a concept car, there8217;s a lot that could change on this model, but that said, it8217;s fitted with proper mirrors and the interior isn8217;t an abstract reimagining of the future car (as you8217;ll find on the BMW Vision iNext for example), instead it8217;s current and conceivable.
With sports car aims, there8217;s the hint of R8 design dotted around, but the front end moves on from Audi8217;s big grille into a something slightly different. It8217;s not a blunt nose like you8217;ll find on the Tesla Model S, it8217;s detailed, but divided. It looks like a sports car, but Lichte told us at the launch that one of the things it was doing was hiding all the front-facing sensors within the design.
Taking ethical responsibility to the next level, Audi has declared that this is a vegan interior. That should grab the attention of Hollywood A listers, but in reality it means synthetic leathers. Some of the details are interesting, like the floor mats which are sourced from recycled fishing nets.
The interior isn8217;t that whacky, in fact it8217;s likely to be the next evolution in Audi interior design. It8217;s dominated by the digital displays for the driver and in the centre 8211; which most Audis already feature. Even the way that the trim from the doors curves and blends into the dash we8217;ve seen before on models like the A7 8211; so we wouldn8217;t be surprised if things didn8217;t change that much when the production car arrives.
Moving on to the technical specifications of the e-tron GT we know a fair amount. The figures given at the announcement are a 0-62 time of 3.5 seconds, with a pair of motors combining for 434kW and producing 590PS 8211; with permanent Quattro four wheel drive. The front and rear wheels have separate motors, electronically controlled to give the right traction and driving dynamics.
The battery range is given as 248 miles and one of the reasons the speed is restricted, it seems, is to preserve that range. However, Audi says that you8217;ll be able to repeat this performance, so it8217;s not limited to a single fast acceleration 8211; thanks to the battery8217;s cooling system 8211; a swipe at the restrictions that Tesla puts on its car when using Ludicrous mode.
We8217;ve heard all this before from the launch of the first Audi e-tron and the confirmation that the battery takes the entire floor space front to rear, with a 8220;more than8221; 90kWh capacity, suggests it8217;s the same battery as Audi8217;s other e-tron models.
Audi has also confirmed that the car has been developed in collaboration with Porsche and some of the early specs reported sound similar to those for the Porsche Taycan and we suspect there will be plenty of commonalities between the two.
Charging is said to be via an 800V system, allowing you to get to 80 per cent in 20 minutes, from a rapid charger, but the wireless charging is more interesting. Via inductive charging, you8217;ll be able to charge the Audi e-tron GT overnight without having to plug it in, but you8217;ll need the 11kW wireless charging pad to be permanently installed in your garage floor.
That8217;s still to be confirmed, but it8217;s not going to be cheap.