Audi e-tron GT revealed as four-door 440kW Tesla fighter

2020 Audi e-tron GT Concept

Audi gave a glimpse of what the e-tron GT, its first series production electric sedan due 2020, will look like when it unveiled a concept study at the Los Angeles auto show on Wednesday.

The e-tron GT is the latest result of the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform co-development by Audi and Porsche that will be the foundation for "multiple Audi model families with all-electric drive covering the high-volume B through D segments", according to the company.

But while it may be a big boy, the e-tron GT is also powered by a serious amount of electricity - 434kW of total system power, to be precise - that will ensure searing performance.

The e-tron GT's battery is sufficiently large in capacity with more than 90 kilowatt-hour to provide for a range of more than 400 km (248 miles) under Europe's new WLTP homologation test.

It supports fast charging up to 800V, allowing it to charge from 0%-80% in 20 minutes, and it also supports inductive charging when parked on a charging pad.

The Audi E-Tron GT Concept is Audi's third vehicle in its growing lineup of all-electric rides.

2020 Audi e-tron GT Concept
2020 Audi e-tron GT Concept Headlight Side View Side Profile Rear Lights Rear Rear

Much of this car's technology was developed in conjunction with Porsche, Audi says, meaning that the production model will be a close relative of the upcoming Tacan.

The production version of this auto is still two years away, which is an alarmingly long time in the industry when it comes to electric cars.

Anyway, the e-tron GT is described as a four-door coupe that measures 4.96 metres long, 1.96 metres wide, 1.38 metres tall and with a wheelbase of 2.9 metres. This will be followed by a Sportback version of the e-tron, which is nice but we're here today to talk about something even more exciting, the e-tron GT concept. The gently sloping roofline of the e-tron GT concept that extends well into the rear echoes the sportback layout.

Instead, it only needs minor tweaks to enter production and it is developed in partnership with Porsche mainly on the technological aspect. "The center console and the freestanding instrument cluster seem to float".

The recuperation system increases the range by up to 30 percent and involves both the two electric motors and the electrohydraulically integrated brake control system and the e-tron GT concept features high-performance ceramic discs. Light colors in the top section of the cockpit and the gradually darker gradation through to the floor area create the impression of clear width. Even the deep-pile floor carpet is made from sustainable Econyl yarn, a recycled fiber made from used fishing nets. In both cases these are permanently synchronous motors. A magnetic field is then established between that and another coil in the vehicle to activate the charging mechanism. You can still use charging points with lower voltages, or go wireless with induction charging - the latter will see a full charge overnight with a 11 kW charging output.

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