Can you believe that the Audi e-Tron GT Concept is as fast as a Porsche Taycan?

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Audi has unveiled its third all-electric vehicle – well concept in this case – the Audi e-Tron GT concept under the e-Tron portfolio. A four-door coupe that joins the recently launched e-Tron SUV and the e-Tron Sportback which is due in 2019.

The e-Tron GT Concept has similar proportions to the A7 Sportback, measuring over 4.9 meters in length. The chassis of the concept is composed of different materials – carbon on the roof section, aluminium on the body panels and high-strength steel for other supporting elements.

Styling wise, the new concept car gets the familiar look as the new-generation Audis, large Singleframe grille with honeycomb inserts (similar to Audi RS models), angular headlamps, sloping roofline and a light strip running across the taillamps.

The body lines have been purposefully sculpted for smooth airflow yet maintains the athleticism typical of an Audi coupe. Hence, designers of the e-Tron GT took inspiration from the four-rings latest showcars, the Aicon and PB18 e-Tron when penning the new concept car.

Inside the e-Tron GT you’ll find a typical cabin architecture as what you get with a regular internal combustion engine powered Audi. Taking up the centre console is the dual screen display, full LCD Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, multifunctional steering wheel and touch sensitive panels for the main controls. In the e-Tron GT you’ll get buttons as the gear selectors.

There are two luggage compartments on the four-seater coupe, a 450 litre conventional boot underneath the large tailgate as well as a 100 litre storage capacity under the hood thanks to the omission of a combustion engine.

Audi has said that the e-Tron GT will feature a dual electric motor set up – one on each axle – to give a maximum system output of 434 kW (590 hp) and electric Quattro all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring. The electric concept is said to be able to complete the century dash in 3.5 seconds and will accelerate to 200 km/h in just over 12 seconds – very similar figures to what Porsche’s first EV is pulling.

The 90-kWh lithium-ion battery sandwiched between the front and rear axle is able to give the concept car over 400 km of driving range. The standard 800-volt system allows the e-Tron GT to be fast charged, giving 320 km of driving range in 20 minutes.

Audi is planning to have the e-Tron GT to be developed into a volume-production model by the end of 2020 with initial deliveries to happen a year after that. The new four-door coupe is an important model to realise Audi’s electric offensive, to offer 12 electric vehicles and achieve one-third of its sales with electrified models by 2025.


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Audi e-Tron GT Concept


Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.
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