The up-and-coming Audi E-tron GT four-door sports car is one of the electric cars that the premium carmaker has promised to deliver before 2025. But as early as now, some details have emerged about the new electric offering from Audi, as divulged by two of the company’s top men to Autocar.
First up is the expected distance that the Audi E-tron GT can travel in a single charge using just electricity. As reported by Autocar, Siegfried Pint, who serves as Technical Director Powertrain Integration at Audi, remarked that the new E-tron GT will have an electric range similar to the E-tron electric SUV. Since the E-tron SUV offers a range of 248 miles (400 km) as per WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure). Nonetheless, he noted that this range would be achieve without hindering potential of the E-tron GT four-door sports car, as this new EV would be “focused more towards power.”
Providing the power for the new Audi E-tron SUV is a 95-kWh lithium-ion battery that brings into life its two electric motors (dual asynchronous motors), with a motor placed on each axle for an all-wheel drive performance. The electric powertrain of the E-tron SUV delivers up to 265 kW (355 hp) of output and up to 413 lb-ft. of torque. But when the “boost mode” is activated, the electric motors will also deliver more power to the wheels, to up to 300 kW (402 hp) of output and up to 490 lb-ft. of torque. In this boost mode, the E-tron SUV can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.
It is well understood, that Audi wanted to beat Tesla in its electric performance game. This means that the E-tron GT four-door sports car should be faster as well as quicker than the Tesla Model S. In its most powerful guise, the Tesla Model S P100D can accelerate from nil to 62 mph in very quick 2.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph. If Audi is looking to make the Model S a loser in this game, it needs to make the E-tron GT much quicker than 2.7 seconds on the sprint or faster than 155 mph.
As for the timing, Pint indicated that the Audi E-tron GT would be launched by 2020. This would be two years earlier than what Peter Mertens, a member of the Audi management board, said during an interview with Auto Motor Und Sport in 2017. Mertens disclosed back then that E-tron GT would have its debut by 2022.
Audi will build the new E-tron GT at its Neckarsulm facility in Germany. Set to be previewed by a concept next month at the Los Angeles Motor Show, the E-tron GT will be underpinned by the same J1 platform that also underpins the Porsche Taycan EV. Ulrich Widmann, Audi technical development chief, remarked to Autocar that the new E-tron GT will get “some genes from Porsche and add a lot of Audi genes”.
Product manager Johannes Eckstein told Autocar the new Audi E-tron GT will be the carmaker’s first EV to enable 350-kW fast charging, which means it could charged up to 80 percent of its battery capacity in under 12 minutes.