Audi’s hotter e-tron is supposed to debut this year, but don’t hold your breath

Audi showed the e-tron GT conceptback in 2018 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The road-going version of this prototype is expected to debut this year in LA, but until that happens, the world needs to figure out the coronavirus outbreak and Audi has to apply the finishing touches on its new performance EV.

Performance and Drivetrain - How Fast is the Audi E-Tron GT?

2018 Audi e-Tron GT Concept Exterior
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When Audi showed the e-tron GT concept, it also provided some performance bearings for the all-electric sports car. These included a total power output of 434 KW (582 horsepower, 590 PS) coming from ‘separate electric motors […] fitted to the front and rear axles’ - could be two of them, or even three, but so far there’s no info on what setup will Audi use.

The e-tron will definitely be an all-wheel-drive vehicle fitted with some sort of smart torque vectoring system.

According to Audi’s estimates, the road-legal e-tron GT would be capable of pulling off 0-100 kph (62 mph) sprints in 3.5 seconds and an electronically-governed top speed of 240 kph (149 mph).

Audi E-Tron GT specifications
Output: 582 horsepower sent to all four wheels through electric Quattro system
Top speed: 149 mph
0-62 mph: 3.4 seconds
0-124 mph: 12 seconds
Mileage: +249 miles
Battery pack capacity: +90 kWh
2021 Audi e-tron GT: Everything We Know So Far Exterior
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A floor-mounted 90-kWh battery pack - most likely the same present on the e-tron and e-tron Sportback - would offer a max range of up to 400 kilometers (249 miles) on a single full charge. In reality, range could be more in the region of 200 miles/300+ kilometers, but we’ll have to wait and see.

What’s more, the e-tron GT will be deeply related to the Porsche Taycan in the sense that it shares the same 800-volt architecture with Stuttgart’s sports sedan. This also means that fast-charging is on the table for the Audi, so the e-tron GT’s battery could be replenished to 80 percent in about 20 minutes or so, enough to cover, in theory, 320 kilometers (200 miles)

2020 Porsche Taycan specifications
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Porsche Taycan 4S Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Plus
Electric motors power 616 horsepower (670 horsepower with overboost) 616 horsepower (750 horsepower with overboost) 530 horsepower 571 horsepower
Battery 93 kWh 93 kWh 79.2 kWh 93.4 kWh
0-60 mph 3 seconds 2.6 seconds 4.0 seconds 4.0 seconds
Top Speed 161 mph 161 mph 155 mph 155 mph

What Does the Audi E-Tron Look Like?

2021 Audi e-tron GT: Everything We Know So Far Exterior Spyshots
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Recently spotted test mules have shown that the production version spawned by the e-tron GT prototype will retain most of the concept’s sharp edges and taut lines.

We expect, however, some toning down and the addition of physical door handles, which the original prototype lacked.

Wheel size will also go down as the e-tron GT transitions from concept to street-legal vehicle, while the EV’s side profile might also be given a more mild appearance. In the rear, the e-tron GT could flaunt an A7-inspired design with toned hips and a sloping roofline and rear windshield. An active wing à la Panamera, albeit rather subtle, could also find its way here, together with sequential full-LED taillights.

Audi E-Tron GT exterior dimensions
Wheelbase 114.2 inches
Length 195.6 inches
Height 54.3 inches
Width 76.8 inches

What Will the Audi E-Tron Be Like Inside?

The Audi E-Tron GT Concept Previews an Electrically Powerful Future Interior
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Audi’s interiors in recent times have been nothing short of impressive. Naturally, we expect Ingolstadt to fit the road-ready e-tron GT with stuff taken from its design studio’s top shelf.

With that in mind, the e-tron GT will greet occupants with a hefty tech package (including 8.8-inch and 10-inch digital displays and touch controls). What else we expect to see inside the e-tron GT includes:

  • a fully digital instrument cluster
  • few if any physical buttons and knobs
  • recycled materials
  • ambient lighting
  • head-up display
  • wireless charging area(s)

What’s more, Car and Driver estimates that cargo space would come in at around 20 cubic feet - 4 cubic feet for the frunk and 16 cubic feet behind the rear seats.

How Much Will the Audi E-Tron Cost?

2021 Audi e-tron GT: Everything We Know So Far Exterior Spyshots
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Price-wise, it’s only logical to believe that the e-tron GT won’t try to steal customers from the Porsche Taycan, so a lower sticker makes sense here - perhaps below $100,000, given that the base Taycan 4S starts at $103,800.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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