This is the Audi e-tron GT concept, and it previews Audi’s second all-electric model. Read on for the car’s price and specs.
Audi e-tron GT concept
e-tron four-wheel drive
Expect from £100,000
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This is the new Audi e-tron GT concept – Audi’s alternative to the Tesla model S and the second model in the company’s EV lineup. Read on for the car’s price, specs and release date.
2020 Audi e-tron GT concept price
The Audi e-tron GT concept previews a production EV that’s due for release in 2020. It is expected to cost around £100,000 – making it cheaper than a top-of-the-range Tesla P100d – although ticking the boxes of a few options will quickly see that price rise.
2020 Audi e-tron GT concept styling
The Audi e-tron GT looks like an A7 Sportback with extra muscle. Its large wheel arches help to emphasise the car’s four-wheel drive system, while up front you get powerful laser headlights and a distinctive new grille design. Round the back the rear diffuser coupled with the car’s flat floor aid aerodynamics and even the 22-inch alloy wheels are designed to help the car cut through the air more cleanly.
2020 Audi e-tron GT concept interior
It isn’t just the e-tron powertrain that makes it a bit of an eco warrior – its interior is 100% vegan with synthetic leather seats and carpets produced from recycled fishing nets.
Thankfully, the infotainment systems are a little more sophisticated and found in the widest dashboard ever fitted to an Audi. You get Audi’s pretty Virtual Cockpit display behind the steering wheel and two more screens on the centre console – one for the the car’s various systems and another for the Audi’s ventilation. Both feature haptic feedback that vibrate to make it feel like you’re pressing an actual button.
2020 Audi e-tron GT concept
While the Audi e-tron GT’s low body make it look sporty, it’s a practical car with four doors and a back seat that’ll fit tall adults, even if they will feel a little claustrophobic. As you’d expect of an Audi, the interior is littered with smaller storage areas that help keep the cabin tidy and the 450-litre boot will happily swallow two large suitcases. You even get a smaller 100-litre boot, or ‘frunk’, between the front wheels that will carry a couple of soft bags.
2020 Audi e-tron GT concept performance
Don’t let that practicality fool you into thinking the Audi e-tron GT concept isn’t devastatingly quick. Its pair of electric motors – one each on the front and rear axle – pump out a combined 590hp. That’s enough to launch the Audi from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds, 0-124mph in a little over 12 seconds and top out at 149mph.
Also, unlike a Tesla – which needs time to prime its batteries to extract their full performance – the e-tron’s sophisticated cooling system means all of its performance is available all of the time.
Having motors on each axle also gives us the next generation of quattro four-wheel drive. It’s extra grip is part of the reason why the e-tron’s acceleration is so devastating, but it’s also why it should be a hoot to drive because the minute control offered by the electric motors means the e-tron can be setup to drive exactly as you want it.
Select Comfort and it’ll be quick, but also safe and secure in corners with the stability loosening off in Dynamic mode to allow for easily controlled slides. Add to that the car’s low centre of gravity – comparable to an R8 supercar – and you should be in for a real treat if you secure the keys to an e-tron GT.
Ease back on the ‘gas’ though and you should be able to nurse 250 miles out of an e-tron from a single charge, thanks to regenerative braking that’ll stop the car 90 percent of the time – replenishing the batteries as it does so. Charging, meanwhile, can either be done wirelessly overnight via conductive charging in your garage floor or by plugging in directly, the latter taking as little as 20 minutes to give a flat battery an eighty percent charge.
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