(Pocket-lint) - Audi first unveiled the Audi e-tron GT Concept at the LA Auto Show 2018 and that Concept has graduated to a production model for 2021. Unsurprisingly, it drops the Concept name to become the Audi e-tron GT.
Here's everything you need to know about the new model from Audi.
Audi e-tron GT design
The Audi e-tron GT is the child of Marc Lichte, who has been responsible for a number of changes to Audi design in recent years. The e-tron GT is muscular and sporty, riding low - a full 2 inches lower than the Audi's executive A7 model. What's interesting is that the only real difference between the Concept model and the production model is that the latter has door handles - otherwise, it's very true to the car that was previewed in 2018.
At first glance we see a lot of the Audi A5 in it - both in terms of overall design, but also in size. With sports car aims, there's the hint of R8 design dotted around, but the front end moves on from Audi's big grille into a something slightly different. It's not a blunt nose like you'll find on the Tesla Model S, it's detailed, but divided. It looks like a sports car, but Lichte told us at the Concept launch that one of the things it was doing was hiding all the front-facing sensors within the design. The front has adjustable air intakes, while the rear gets an adaptive spoiler.
Long and low, there are muscular shoulders at the rear, a dropping fast roofline for that classic sports car look. There will also be the option for a carbonfibre roof, saving 8kg from the overall weight.
There will be two versions of the car at launch, the e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT - the first electric Audi to pick up the RS badge.
That broadly aligns it with the strategy that Porsche took with the Taycan and the underpinnings of these cars are the same, although Audi is keen to point out that beyond that common platform, everything else comes from Audi
Interior and dimensions
- Dimensions: 4.99 x 1.96 x 1.41m
- Luggage: 405 litres; 366 litres (RS)
Despite taking a sporty stance, the Audi e-tron GT will seat five, so it's very much the practical sports car. There's plenty of recycled materials used and it's leather free for a more sustainable position.
The interior isn't hugely different to other Audi models, with a digital driver display and main display oriented towards the driver. The 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit sits in front of the driver, while the MMI display is 10.1-inches and operated by touch. This is the same layout as we've seen on a number of recent models, offering plenty of connectivity, customisation and convenience features.
There will be three main displays for the driver - e-tron, focusing on a powermeter, and classic and sports modes.
You'll get smartphone connectivity and the Audi phone box, where you can securely put your phone out of reach, while boosting the signal using the car's antennae.
There's the option for a B&O sound system with 16 speakers and 710 watts that comes on higher trim level cars. On the RS e-tron you get the e-tron sport sound, an artificial audio track to fill in the silence in the absence of a roaring engine. On the standard GT model you'd have to opt in to get it. On the GT it will act inside and outside the car. It does sound sort of cool, but artificial sounds have been controversial with many manufacturers piping noise into the cabin to replicate engine noise that's no longer there. Whether EV drivers will want that - Ford offers it on the Mustang Mach-E - remains to be seen.
Audi e-tron GT battery, range and performance
- e-tron GT quattro: 93kWh, 0-62 4.1s, 350kW/476PS, 152.2mph max
- RS e-tron GT: 93kWh, 0-62 3.3s, 440kW/598PS, 155.3mph max
The Audi e-tron GT will feature a 93kWh battery, supported by an 800V system that will be capable of charging at rates up to 270kW, making it one of the fastest charging on the road. It will support 11kW AC charging, with 22kW an option that can be specified after launch. There are charging ports on both sides of the car, both supporting AC, but only one supporting DC charging - we saw this arrangement on the original e-tron SUV too.
The range is given as 433-472km WLTP (269-293 miles), which will obivously vary depending on how you're driving the car. Using the boost mode and driving like a race driver will see it drain much faster. Real world figures we don't yet know, but we'll find those out when we review the GT.
Both models offer quattro, electrically managed, with all-wheel steering. Both models also have a dual motor arrnagement, with the front motor the same, but a more powerful rear motor on the GT model. The standard output is 350kW on the quattro and 440kW on the RS model, but both can be boosted using launch control, resulting in 390kW and 475kW respectively in a 2.5-second burst to get you off the line.
The standard model will hit 62mph in 4.1 seconds, while the RS will only take 3.3 seconds, which is blisteringly fast - the Audi R8 has a 3.1 second figure for 0-62mph. Like the Porsche Taycan, there's a two-speed transmission on the rear axle.
There will be three driving modes, with options to change the level of regeneration on braking.
How much will the Audi e-tron GT cost?
- Audi e-tron GT quattro: £79,900
- Audi e-tron GT quattro Vorsprung: £106,000
- Audi RS e-tron GT: £110,950
- Audi RS e-tron GT Carbon Black: £124,540
- Audi RS e-tron GT Carbon Vorsprung: £133,340
There have been a number of trim levels announced for the Audi e-tron GT, starting at £79,900 and sailing up to £133,340 for the top RS model - although we're expecting a number of options to also be available on top of these trim levels. The GT will be available to order in May. These are UK prices and spec levels - we're expecting a number of regional differences.
The e-tron GT will be available in Ibis White, Ascari Blue, Kamora Grey, Suzuka Grey, Floret Silver, Tango Red, Daytona Grey and Mythos Black plus all-new Tactical Green (RS e-tron GT only) colours.