The Audi e-tron GT concept is a 600hp EV from the RS division
Audi has just unveiled its third electric model – the e-tron GT. Yes, it’s only a concept at this point, but the folk in Ingolstadt say it’ll go into production in two years’ time, where it’ll sit alongside the e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback in the brand’s electric-only range. And Audi’s going to hand over production of the final version of the car to Audi Sport GmbH – the geniuses behind the ludicrous RS range of cars.
The e-tron GT gets Audi’s traditional super-aggressive honeycomb front grille with bold ‘e-tron’ lettering at the base of it where you used to see ‘quattro’ on sporty RS models. It also has laser and LED headlights. From the side, it has a very similar roofline to the A7, with a low, sleek silhouette that certainly marks it out as the sportiest-looking e-tron that Audi’s shown off… so far.
Round the back there’s a giant full-width light bar which broadens into huge taillights that vaguely resemble the flights of an arrow. It looks like Audi’s been crafty with the rear window too – it’s a lot smaller than it appears, and the shutline for the boot opening is actually halfway up the back of the car.
Apparently the e-tron GT concept will have an incredibly low centre of gravity, thanks to its shape and also carbon-fibre roof, which together should help it stay flat in fast corners and therefore feel 'sehr sportlich'.
You even get a flat floor and lots of aerodynamic vents and cutaways to reduce drag and keep the batteries and motors cool.
Looks fast. Is it?
Yes, it probably is. With 590hp from its twin motors, it can leap from 0-62.1mph in just 3.5 seconds. If that’s not delightfully specific enough for you, it’ll also rip past 124.3mph in ‘just over’ 12 seconds. Audi boasts that its cooling tech will let you repeat these feats ‘several times’ in succession. Carbon ceramic brakes help haul you back down to legal speeds, and in doing so can dump a load of energy back into the battery.
And thanks to the GT Concept’s 800-volt charging system, you can charge it back up to 80-per-cent in 20 minutes with, presumably, a very special plug. Driving range stands at a sniff under 200 miles on the WLTP test cycle, which should give a reasonably real-world impression of what you’ll get in daily use.
And it's vegan
The interior of the concept is as high-tech as they come – and it even has a colour gradient running from light at the roof to dark down by your feet. Audi says it gives you the sense of width. Let us know what you think in the comments!
What you won't find in the cabin is any animal products. Everything is trimmed with fabric, including seat cushions trimmed in recycled fibres. The headlining and door pillars are made from a microfibre material which sounds incredible strokeable.
Is this the last of the e-trons?
Erm, nope. As well as the aforementioned SUV and Sportback, Audi’s promising to do an electric estate (that’s Avant in Audi speak), and create electric cars in all shapes and sizes – from the dinky A1 up to something as big as the A6.