The new Audi e-Tron GT sports saloon will arrive in 2020, boasting of a similar range as that of the e-Tron SUV. However, the new EV aims to outsprint the Tesla Model S P100D and will be highly dynamic according to its maker.
Audi’s all-electric SUV offers close to 400km on a full charge according to its official EPA ratings. These numbers are the result of the WLTP test. Audi’s chief for powertrains, Siegfried Pint said that the GT will achieve a similar range. He also added that the EV will be “steered towards performance”. In its most powerful setting, the e-Tron has a claimed timing of 5.6 seconds to reach 100kph. Top speed is rated at 200kph. On the other hand, the Tesla Model S P100D can sprint to the ton in 4.3 seconds and hit 250kph flat out.
Audi intends to best these numbers with its upcoming e-Tron GT due in 2020. It will be previewed as a concept at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November, sharing the same J1 platform as the Porsche Taycan EV that will be launched next year. Speaking about the car, Ulrich Widmann, technical development head at Audi said the e-Tron GT will “get some genes from Porsche and add a lot of Audi genes”.
Audi will also introduce the ‘flat-floor solution’ to the GT, making it the first e-Tron to feature the innovative design as opposed to the ‘high-floor solutions’ in the electric SUV and the upcoming e-Tron Sportback. The GT will also be the first Audi EV to get 350kW fast-charging, according to product manager Johannes Eckstein. It would be able to charge to 80 percent under 12 minutes.
Audi first confirmed plans for the electric super-saloon this March at the company’s annual press conference. It also described the four-door model as “highly dynamic” and said that it was a sneak peek into the direction its performance division would take. The Audi e-Tron GT will be manufactured at the firm’s Neckarsulm, Germany facility. It is one of a total of 10 Audi electric cars that are due before 2025.