Another motor show, another Audi e-tron. They’ve been churning out the e-tron SUV and e-tron Supercar and the self-driving Aicon. It is clear that it will be in the air. Well, except Tesla. Saturating the products themselves.
The chatter isn’t going to subside anytime soon. Between now and 2025 Audi will add 12 cars for all types of cars. Last year Audi sold over 1.8-million cars. In seven years, it will be a third, some 600,000, will be electric. If we’re in for a turnaround of some magnitude.
What we haven’t yet seen The e-tron GT It’s a concept at the end of 2020, it’s a joining the e-tron SUV (coming sale next year) and an e-tron Sportback crossover (coming late next year).
“It’s been“ developed in close collaboration with Porsche, ”says Audi. We’d go further. It’s basically a Taycan car. Visually they’re not that far apart either. Expect the Porsche to be slightly faster / lower / sportier.
The e-tron GT battery pack is more than 90kWh battery pack that fills the space between the axles. There's a quattro traction and torque vectoring. Total system output is 590bhp, it is good for 62mph in 3.5secs and 124mph in 12secs. Max is 149mph, the WLTP range is 250 miles per 20 minutes.
So far, so familiar. And predictable. Now for the less well known stuff. Brake energy recuperation will be a big deal. Up to 0.3g, you won’t have to be reversing. It is just like the engine braking on the bottom. That's not new: Hyundai has it on the Kona EV. There’s a 450-liter boot and a 100-liter ‘surprise’ under-bonnet area. Everyone’s doing them these days.
Inside Audi claims a vegan interior. The leather microfibre headlining is made from recycled fishing nets. Presumably they remove the dolphins from them first.
The e-tron GT endows the skateboard electric platform with a similarly low center of gravity to the R8. Safe to say it’s not being pitched in quite as sporting a direction. Don’t worry though, the Audi R8 will have an electric R8 along before 2025.