New Audi e-tron GT: specs, on-sale date and concept review

The Audi e-tron GT will be the firm's flagship electric model, going head-to-head with the Tesla Model S

The Audi e-tron GT, a direct rival for the Tesla Model S and forthcoming Porsche Taycan, has been revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Audi is officially referring to the e-tron GT as a concept, 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.

Audi e-tron GT price

Similar in size to an Audi Q7, the e-tron GT will join the already-revealed e-tron SUV 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.

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, though, it'll have significantly more torque than its two-door, conventionally powered stablemate.

The GT will do 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 149mph, while the car's 96kWh battery will charge from flat to 80% in only 15-20 minutes using 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.

Styling

There are expected to be only minor variations between the car seen in our pictures and what eventually goes on sale to the public in 2020. The production model will seat five people.

The Los Angeles show car features racing-style centre-locking wheels, but the road-going 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.

Interior

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.

Concept review

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.