2021 Audi E-tron GT previewed: price, specs and release date
Everything we know so far about this electric four-door coupé, which will combine rapid performance with rapid charging...
On sale Early 2021 | Price from £75,000 (est)
When a car maker is looking for big sales, building something SUV shaped is a good start. But when it’s more interested in attracting as much attention as possible, a new model that’s low and sporty can be a better option, and that explains the Audi E-tron GT.
It will be the brand’s fifth electric car, after the E-tron, E-tron Sportback, Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback SUVs. And yet, there are still plenty of people out there who don’t automatically think of Audi when considering alternatives to a Tesla. Above all, the E-tron GT’s job is to change that.
The finished design of this four-door coupé is still to be revealed, but pictures of camouflaged prototypes suggest that it won’t stray far from the 2018 concept car of the same name (top). Meanwhile, under the skin the production E-tron GT is related to the recently launched Porsche Taycan, which should mean it can easily accommodate four six-footers.
That close relationship with the Taycan also suggests that the handling should be pretty special, as does the fact the battery occupies the entire underfloor area between the front and rear axles, helping to give the car a centre of gravity comparable with Audi's R8 supercar.
The E-tron GT is expected to arrive with a 96kWh battery that delivers a respectable – but not class-leading – 248 miles of electric range on the official WLTP test cycle. Plus, an 80% charge should be possible in as little as 20 minutes if you can find a rapid charger that allows the car to absorb energy at its maximum 350kW rate.
It’s not known yet what power outputs the E-tron GT will be offered with, but all versions will have a motor on each axle for four-wheel drive. In the case of the concept, these produced a combined 582bhp, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.5sec; faster than the Long Range version of the Tesla Model S, but not the Performance.
We'd expect the range-topping E-tron GT to be more of a match for the latter, because it will be developed by Audi's performance division and wear the RS badge that's reserved for the brand's very fastest models.
A lot of effort is also likely to go into ensuring this variant sounds suitably sporty. But even lesser E-tron GTs will be offered with an optional sound package, which is designed to give the car an appealing synthetic engine note that changes frequency the faster you go.
The sound also changes depending on the driving mode you've selected, with Efficiency mode the quietest, Comfort bringing a little more volume, and Dynamic ramping things right up. However, instead of mimicking an internal combustion engine, the package is said to combine familiar sound patterns with new, futuristic elements.