The most exciting car of 2018 was a concept car that finally makes electric sexy
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Looking back on 2018 with the intent of picking a favourite car, it's easy to cast your eyes only over the fire-breathing production-ready supercars or readily available hot hatches. It takes a bit more of a leap into the unknown to nail your 'car of the year' flag to something that you've not even driven, and also hasn't even been seen in final production form.
But I think Audi's done enough to convince me that that e-tron GT concept really is the most special car of 2018.
It finally makes electric sexy
Electric cars fall into two aesthetic camps. They either go out of their way to look 'alternative' (which usually means they look like household appliances), or they look completely forgettable. The e-tron GT concept sticks two fingers up to both ends of the spectrum and just looks aggressive, muscular and – other EVs take note – exciting. No one will look at that front grille or rear lightbar and think that because you're compromising on style just because you've bought an electric car. I'd not be surprised if this car makes people go electric because they love the way it looks.
It has a gorgeous interior
Although not finalised for production, Audi says the e-tron GT concept is 95% identical to the version that we'll eventually by able to buy in 2020. Which is very good news when you see the concept's cabin. Bright grey cloth seats, a gorgeously sculpted dashboard and high-res infotainment, climate control and driver's screens are the standout features. It feels minimalist, without hundreds of unsightly buttons clogging up the centre console. Most important it feels calming – one of those interiors that gives you a great sense of wellbeing.
It's no pussycat
The e-tron GT concept is powered by electric motors on the front and rear axles which when working together at full power give you the equivalent of 590hp. That's a lot. And it'll get you from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 149.1mph.
But it can go the distance too – Audi's claiming the concept can cover 248.5 miles on a full charge, and if you have access to an 800-volt charger you'll be able to top its batteries up 80% in just 20 minutes. Or if plugging it in is a hassle then it's compatible with Audi's wireless induction charging system.
So it's convenient, fast, electric and sexy. What will 2019 bring?