Audi unveils E-Tron GT Concept


Teasers are typically supposed to build up momentum and anticipation before the release of a vehicle, but in the case of the Audi E-Tron , it sort of did the opposite. Before it fully unveiled the car, dropped its own photos of the car with a camo wrap, giving a pretty decent look at what was to come. What it didn’t reveal, though, is the interior, the sharp body lines, and the additional specifications, all of which we get with today’s full drop at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Audi E-Tron GT Concept is Audi’s third vehicle in its growing lineup of all-electric rides. It marks the first car in Audi’s relaunched E-Tron lineup, after the Audi E-Tron and Audi E-Tron sportback SUVs kicked things off. Audi made it clear that although this is only a concept, the fully fleshed-out volume version will begin production in late 2020.

Billed as a four-door coupe, the E-Tron GT will be set up and tuned by Audi Sport. Audi claims it has 582 horsepower thanks to synchronous motors on the front and rear axles, with power will going to all four wheels via electric Quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

A 90-plus-kWh lithium-ion battery pack will give it enough juice for an estimated 248-mile range on a single charge, though that number would be lower should one attempt to test out Audi’s claim of a 0-62 sprint in about 3.5 seconds and 0-124 mph in a bit longer than 12 seconds. The estimated top speed is 149 mph, and Audi notes these high-speed runs can be done numerous times in succession thanks to advanced cooling systems. The location of the battery in the floor, in addition to the all-wheel steering should make turn-in extremely quick.

Audi claims the E-Tron GT’s range can be padded up to 30 percent, thanks to energy recuperation courtesy of manual or automatic coasting recovery and brake regeneration. The wheel brakes are only put into action when the driver surpasses more than 0.3 g of braking, but when that occurs, the E-Tron GT Concept has performance ceramic disc brakes for fast stopping.

Charging on the E-Tron GT is made easy with either a cable or wireless induction. Using a wireless pad, the car uses 11 kW to charge overnight. With wired charging, an 800-volt system can charge up to 80 percent full, an estimated 199 miles, in only 20 minutes.

The E-Tron GT was built in collaboration with Porsche and even uses the same platform as the upcoming all-electric Taycan four-door sports car. It has a 114-inch wheelbase, and stands 195.6 inches long, 76.8 inches wide and 54.0 inches tall. Compare that to the Audi A7, which is 195.6 inches long, 83.4 inches wide, 56.0 inches tall, and has a 115.2-inch wheelbase. The roof of the E-Tron GT is made of carbon, while the rest of the structure is aluminum and steel.

Although it is similar in size to the A7, the E-Tron GT has a more sculpted and sporty design. Sitting on 22-inch wheels is a body that shows numerous aerodynamic- and cooling-focused features. The GT has an air vent that goes through the nose and passes through the hood, vents in front of and behind the front wheels, and a massive rear diffuser. In addition to the swept-back roofline, the design shows bulging wheel arches, low flaring side skirts, and several pinched body creases. As seen in the photos, the electric plug-in port is on the driver-side front bumper. Lighting is handled by matrix LED headlights with laser high beams up front, and an LED light strip across the rear. Utility is maximized with a 15.9-cubic-foot rear trunk and a 3.5-cubic-foot frunk.

The interior offers a layout unique from the stately cabin of the A7. Unlike many electric vehicles that are going screen heavy, the E-Tron GT scales back the double-stacked screen design for a more traditional and simplistic setup. It features a large central touchscreen, with climate controls in a separate panel below it. The center console ditches the physical hand-held gear shifter for buttons, and a large digital instrument cluster adds an additional suite of functionality.

All four positions in the E-Tron GT use race-inspired sport seats, and the entire cabin is free of animal-based products, a move that aligns with the more eco-friendly ideals of an electric vehicle. The seats use synthetic leather, while much of the trim uses recycled materials, microfiber and Econyl yarn.

We expect the E-Tron GT to follow a similar build timeline as the SUVs that came before it. We’ll likely see the concept in a couple other forms before the production version is shown. Following that, as Audi noted, volume production will begin in late 2020.

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