The Audi e-tron GT is Audi’s all-electric supercar based on the Porsche Taycan. They both use the same J1 architecture. The GT is expected to arrive in 2021 and the production version to be unveiled at the 2020 LA Auto Show. The concept version of the GT was shown at the 2018 LA show. From spy shots of camouflaged prototypes and Audi design chief Mark Lichte has said the GT will not diverge much from the concept. That’s terrific news as the concept was stunning. So the e-tron GT is coming; here’s what we know so far.
The Audi e-tron gets built right next to the R8 supercar
The 2021 e-tron GT will see production at the Böllinger Höfe assembly plant in Neckarsulm, Germany. This is also where the R8 supercar is built. It will be the third Audi EV joining the e-tron SUV and Sportback.
The design will feature the same pronounced bulges that accentuate the upper body as the concept. We would call the front end more conventional than the Taycan’s and that is not a bad thing. FYI: Audi calls its grille a “sensor array” because after all, EVs don’t need grilles. For a novel twist inside of the sensor array will be backlit e-tron lettering. Though in some ways seeming a bit like the Taycan the only exterior components shared by both is the windshield.
The J1 electric platform underpins the e-tron
As stated before the J1 platform will underpin the e-tron. Two electric motors will spin the wheels juiced by a 96 kWh battery pack. This is the largest battery available for the platform. Audi says a 20-minute quick charge gets the batteries charged to 80%. That’s equivalent to 200 miles.
Overall, the range will be around 250-miles which is way shy of Tesla’s numbers. This goes to show just how far ahead Tesla is from the competition. Audi will also invest $2 billion for charging infrastructure through Electrify America.
Low battery position will help plant the e-tron for handling
Performance is a combined output of 434 kW equivalent to 582 hp. Its 0-62 mph figure is 3.5 seconds and 124 mph in 12 seconds. The maximum speed is capped at 150 mph. The low battery position will help plant the e-tron improving performance. Between that and the striking design, one forgets this has anything to do with saving the environment.
A two-speed transmission will help with high-speed tromps. Electronic torque-vectoring means each wheel can be individually adjusted for maximum traction and handling. Rear-wheel steering is also part of the package.
The Virtual Cockpit displays digital versions of analog gauges
Inside the Virtual Cockpit, display mimics analog gauges in digital form. Steering wheel controls make for easy navigation. A large touchscreen in the middle of the dash handles nav, entertainment, and connectivity activity. Drive modes include Efficiency, Comfort, Dynamic, Auto, and Individual selections.
With less range but more dynamic styling and that German elan it will be interesting to watch Audi and Tesla battle it out. Which one comes on top with everyone else developing EVs for this segment remains to be seen. If you’re in the market for a sporting EV sedan in 2021 you’ll have a wide assortment of great vehicles to test.