At the Los Angeles the big hit is the Audi e-tron GT all-electric concept that can do zero to 100km/h faster than the new Porsche 911, and it’s coming in 2020…
It’s simple economies of scale, which means the Volkswagen Group was never just going to let Porsche keep the electric platform underpinning the Taycan and Cross Turismo to itself. The Zuffenhausen boys and girls will have to share that same all-electric architecture with their cousins at Audi, and it’s quite a handy box of toys to play with. We’re talking about 600 horsepower and a zero-emissions driving range of over 500 kilometres, plus an ideally distributed layout over both axles that does wonders for dynamics and comes in character with Audi’s quattro mantra. With an electric motor for each axle Audi barely has to try.
Except, Ingolstadt’s design team way have even outdone Porsche, because this Audi e-tron GT concept just unveiled in Los Angeles is a hell of a looker. Since there’s no combustion hanging hanging way out front, the e-tron GT is blessed with short overhangs and a low, sloping front end.
About as long as an Audi A7 but lower, the e-tron GT four-door is made up of a combination of materials, so the roof is carbon fibre and a whole bunch of it is aluminium. There is no mention of the concept’s weight, but it’s safe to estimate two tonnes, which could change by the time the car goes into production in 2020.
That’s late 2020 however, so you’re likely to get the first units on the road in 2021 which means we’re in for a wait for Audi’s new flagship. Audi’s quoting 590bhp of system power, good for zero to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 240km/h which is limited to maximise range. Speaking of which, the manufacturer says you can charge the e-trpn GT to 80 percent capacity in 20 minutes with a special charger, which lets you keep driving for 300km or so.
So far, Audi’s first all-electric car is the e-tron SUV that Motormouth checked out in San Francisco recently, but that’s not based on a dedicated electric platform, so the e-tron GT will be the real beginning of Audi’s electric future. A peek into the car’s interior also reveals what future Audis will look like, and we can’t wait for the concept’s fabric trim to start becoming a thing.