New 2020 Audi e-tron GT: specs, price, release date and concept review
The Audi e-tron GT, a direct rival for the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan, has been spotted undergoing final testing in a cold-weather environment ahead of its expected arrival on sale before the end of the year.
An e-tron GT concept was revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show (see our gallery further down the page), but its running gear and looks are thought to be all-but-identical to those of a production version that'll arrive by the end of 2020.
Similar in size to an Audi A7, the e-tron GT will join the e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUVs in the Audi range, eventually forming part of a 25-strong line-up of electrified cars carrying the 'e-tron' badge.
The GT is expected to cost north of £100,000 in the UK, which would position it as the flagship for the entire e-tron electric-car range.
Audi e-tron GT electric motor and battery
Around 60% of the e-tron GT's parts under the metal are shared with the Porsche Taycan, with both cars using the same 'J1' platform. This includes the dual electric-motor setup, producing 582bhp, which is more than the standard Audi R8 V10 petrol supercar makes.
As can be expected for an electric car, the GT will have significantly more torque than its two-door, conventionally powered stablemate.
It'll do 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 149mph, while the 96kWh battery will charge from flat to 80% in only 15-20 minutes from a high-speed 350kW charging station. And with the regenerative braking system turned up to a high level, single-pedal driving should be possible.
Accomplished handling is promised due to a low centre of gravity, thanks both to lightweight carbon-fibre doors and roof, as well as the weight of the battery pack located low down in the chassis.
There are expected to be only minor variations between the GT Concept and what eventually goes on sale to the public in. The production model will seat five people.
The Los Angeles show car featured motorsport-style centre-locking wheels, but the roadgoing version will revert to the traditional five bolts. The wheels' design and 22-inch diameter won't change, though.
It's also likely that we won't see the concept’s glowing front and rear e-tron logos and touch-sensitive door openers on the finished product. Elsewhere, the absence of an engine up front and exhaust pipes at the rear has allowed for a very low bonnet and an advanced aerodynamic diffuser.
Inside the Audi e-tron GT, the main centre section of the dashboard extends out into the doors to emphasise the interior's width, while the driver's position is inspired by that of the R8 supercar, giving it a cockpit-like feel.
Audi promises four adults will be able to travel in comfort in the GT, with special 'foot garages' built into the floor to give more footroom. For luggage, there's a 450-litre boot at the back and an additional 100 litres of storage under the bonnet.
DrivingElectric's sister title Auto Express drove the e-tron GT in concept form on the streets of LA late in 2018. The steering is incredibly smooth and has a satisfying, weighty feel to it, and the car is capable of thumping bursts of acceleration thanks to the sheer amount of power and torque available.
However, while the e-tron GT promises comfort for passengers, it's evident that Audi has work to do before the production model is finally signed off: the concept car's ride is quite poor, although it isn't representative of the finished product. A proper verdict will have to wait until 2020.