• 590-horsepower, full electric all-wheel-drive 4-door coupe
  • 0-60 mph in about 3.5 seconds, with a near-250-mile range
  • Production version slated for 2021
  • Third all-electric in Audi’s e-tron lineup

 

Audi has made a strong commitment to electric-powered vehicles, already having introduced the e-tron SUV, which will be followed by the e-tron Sportback arriving in 2019. Third on the slate: the production version of the e-tron GT concept that Audi unveiled with an eye to beat Tesla at its own game. All three reflect what Audi is known for -- cutting-edge technology, good looks and excellent performance.

Sleek Styling

The e-tron concept uses a flat floor design with the battery pack below, which translates into a low center of gravity. The vehicle itself is wide, flat, and long: It’s the same overall length as the Audi A7, but is lower and wider. The concept’s body is made from a variety of materials, including a carbon fiber roof, plus aluminum and high-strength steel throughout.

While design cues such as the sloping roofline foretell the future of Audi design, other aspects like the air vents in the wheel arches and the rear diffuser came from wind-tunnel testing. Attention to detail in the body’s design creates a smoother surface for air to flow over and around, which reduces energy consumption, which adds to its range. The dramatic 22-inch 5-spoke wheels were designed to allow ventilation of the brakes. New grille design and LED lighting that illuminates sequentially will come to future production models. The interior is filled with the quality and refinement that Audi is known for and features sport seats in both rows and the materials are sustainable and vegan.

Power and Efficiency

The Audi e-tron GT concept has 590 total system horsepower with separate electric motors front and rear. It also features ab all-electric version of Quattro all-wheel drive combined with all-wheel steering. Audi says the vehicle will go from 0 to 100 km/h (about 0-62 mph) in about 3.5 seconds, reaching 200 km/h (about 124 mph) in just over 12 seconds. The concept has a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery, which runs along the entire bottom of the car that provides a range close to 250 miles.

Energy is recuperated through braking in conjunction with the electric motors. There are different modes: manual coasting regeneration with the shift paddles, automatic coasting recuperation via predictive efficiency assist, and brake regen. In addition, the concept uses the electric motors for regen braking up to 0.3 g with traditional brakes kicking in for harder stops. This regen strategy increases the concept’s range by as much as 30 percent. When it does come time for charging, you can plug in, or use an inductive pad to charge wirelessly.

Audi’s Electric Future

The production version of the e-tron GT has the potential to lure Tesla buyers to the Audi brand, with a car that has similar power and range while offering the handling, interior quality and luxury amenities Audi is known for. And Audi’s commitment to electric cars isn’t stopping here: By 2025, Audi will have 12 all-electric vehicles worldwide, making up about one-third of the company’s sales. The models will be everything from compact to full-size, cars and SUVs.

When will the Audi e-tron GT go on sale?

Audi estimates that production will begin in late 2020, with the first deliveries going to buyers in early 2021.

How much power does the Audi e-tron GT have?

The concept has 590 total system horsepower. Audi hasn’t announced how much power the production model will have.

What is the range of the Audi e-tron GT?

Audi hasn’t released the range of the production model, but the concept offers more than 248 miles of range.

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