Audi chief confirms e-tron GT will to go into production virtually unchanged

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Audi debuted the e-tron GT concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show over a week ago and the general consensus is it looks extremely cool.

It's good news, then, that Audi's head of design has confirmed the car will go into production essentially unaltered from its current form.

In fact, Marc Lichte - Audi's design boss - described the e-tron GT's design as "very, very, very, very, very close to production," which suggests he's pretty confident there will be no drastic changes.

"This is a metal sheet body already, and you can imagine how close it is with a metal sheet body," he said.

"We started working on the e-tron [GT] two years ago when I first saw the Taycan, and we thought about, 'what if we use this platform, and do an Audi version on top of it without sharing detail in the exterior or interior?'"

As the e-tron GT shares a platform with the Porsche Taycan, designers for the two manufacturers reportedly met to ensure the cars would not be almost identical; with the only shared part being the windshield.

Just how similar the powertrains of the two models will be is also an unknown, but the Taycan has been reported to possess more horsepower and range, but again, nothing is confirmed.

What is known are the minor changes that will be made to the e-tron GT from its concept form, including shrinking the 22-inch concept wheels to 21 inches, and making the door handles more traditional.

The final design is likely to be revealed in late 2020, but I'm sure we'll hear a lot more about this car before that point.

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