2021 Audi E-tron GT: electric flagship spotted for first time

05. März 2020 - autocar

2021 Audi E-tron GT: electric flagship spotted for first time

V grand tourer being readied for LA motor show debut with disguised prototypes similar to original concept

The Audi E-tron GT has been seen on public roads for the first time, ahead of an expected reveal at the 2020 LA motor show.

The electric grand tourer, a sibling to the Porsche Taycan, isn't set to hit showrooms until 2021, but the first camouflaged prototypes have now been spied undergoing testing in Germany.

It appears that the design of the original 2018 concept will be largely retained for production, with fully camouflaged prototype cars sharing the same lines and proportions. Notable differences include the presence of door handles, which were absent on the concept.

Although the interior has yet to be pictured in detail, it is largely expected to match the concept's layout, complete with digital cockpit and driver-oriented infotainment display.

The finished car is expected to arrive with a 96kWh battery that will be capable of 248 miles of electric range on the WLTP test cycle, while 350kW charging should make an 80% fast charge take as little as 20 minutes. With the battery occupying the entire underfloor area between the front and rear axles, it's set to have a centre of gravity comparable with Audi's R8 supercar.

The concept version of the E-tron GT has a synchronous motor on each axle to produce a combined 582bhp and is capable of 0-62mph in 3.5sec and a 149mph top speed. All-wheel steering and torque-vectoring quattro permanent all-wheel drive should deliver "sports car-like agility and precision", according to Audi.

The production version is set to be built at Audi's Böllinger Höfe facility, where it currently produces the R8. The E-tron GT is expected to be launched at close to £100,000.

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