Just two months after the launch of its first electric car, the E-Tron SUV, Audi has announced a new electric vehicle called the E-Tron GT Concept. It's an elegant sedan that draws its electrical energy from the same drivetrain and battery as Porsche's first EV, the Taycan.
The concept was unveiled at the LA Motor Show this week and will go on sale in just two years. Deliveries will begin in early 2021, according to Audi. No price has been set.
Sitting on 22-inch wheels, the E-Tron GT derives its energy from a 90-kWh battery pack and puts it in two electric motors (one on each axle). In total, this transmission generates 434 kilowatts of power, or 590 horsepower. It's good enough to go from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.4 seconds, according to Audi.
According to the new European standards for the Globally Harmonized Test Procedure (WLTP), Audi estimates the E-Tron GT to be around 248 miles long. Although WLTP is stricter than previous standards that manufacturers used to predict range, its estimates are still a bit more optimistic than what the EPA generates, which means that real-world range performance could be slightly lower than this mark.
Sharing the Porsche Taycan technology, the E-Tron GT will also have a very fast charge. The 800-volt battery system is able to switch from an almost discharged battery to 80% of its charge in 20 minutes, faster than anything else on the market, including Tesla's Superchargers.
While it is now out of date to qualify a car as a "Tesla killer," ads like the E-Tron GT concept are reminiscent of traditional automakers having a wave of electric vehicles on the horizon. When the GT concept becomes reality, Audi will have the E-Tron crossover as well as a sportback version on the road. The first efforts of the German manufacturer in this area will be accompanied by similar products from Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and many more.