Electric cars coming soon: Audi E-tron GT
Electric vehicles still account for a tiny proportion of car sales, but that could soon change, because these upcoming models push the boundaries of performance, range and desirability...
Audi E-tron GT
On sale: 2021 | Price from: £100,000 (est)
After the E-tron and E-tron Sportback, the next phase of Audi's electric car plan is the E-tron GT, a four-door coupé that will go on sale in 2021.
Unveiled in concept car form at the Los Angeles motor show, it is about the same size as the A7 luxury car and will be the flagship model of Audi's electric line-up. In concept form, it sits on 22in alloy wheels.
Power comes from two electric motors – one on each axle, giving the E-tron GT four-wheel drive – that together produce 582bhp, allowing the car to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.5sec and on to a top speed of 149mph. That acceleration is faster than you get in most versions of the Tesla Model S.
The E-tron GT can travel for up to 248 miles between charges on the newest WLTP tests, which are more representative of real-world driving. When we put the Model S (in 75kWh form) through our Real Range test, it managed 204 miles.
The E-tron GT's battery pack is packaged in its floor. This should give the car a very low centre of gravity, which will help with stability and handling. Also present is four-wheel steering, which can improve manoeuvrability around town and cornering at high speeds.
Most importantly, however, the E-tron will be capable of charging at a far higher rate than today's electric cars, which could reduce charging times to as little as 20 minutes on the very fastest 350kW chargers. It's important to note that no charger in the UK can currently support such a fast charge, but infrastructure is likely to be improved by the time the E-tron GT goes on sale. Audi is also planning to offer wireless charging at home, whereby drivers will drive over an induction plate on the floor, rather than having to plug in.
Interestingly, the E-tron GT shares its underpinnings with Porsche's upcoming electric luxury car, the Taycan.
The interior of the E-tron GT concept car is largely familiar from other Audi models. It includes a digital instrument display and a large central infotainment touchscreen. There's no dual-touchscreen set-up on offer here, as in the larger E-tron SUV.
In terms of storage space, the E-tron GT has a 450-litre boot at the rear and a further 100 litres available under the bonnet.
Official pricing won't be announced until closer to the E-tron GT's launch in 2021. However, a price tag of close to £100,000 is expected, given the car's luxurious and high-tech nature.
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