Lat­est all-elec­tric Audi re­vealed

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - CLASSIFIED -

Audi has un­veiled the lat­est in its line of all-elec­tric ma­chin­ery – the e-tron GT Con­cept, which is set for pro­duc­tion in 2020.

The Ger­man man­u­fac­turer says the strik­ing look will carry over into pro­duc­tion with min­i­mal changes, mean­ing its large 22-inch wheels, an­gu­lar fas­cia and sleek sil­hou­ette should make it to the road.

Be­lieved to be shar­ing a plat­form with the Porsche Tay­can, the e-tron GT Con­cept is the lat­est car to be dubbed “four-door coupe”. With all four wheels driven by elec­tric mo­tors, it’s said to de­velop 582bhp, giv­ing it “per­for­mance fit for a sports car”.

Ex­act fig­ures for the car haven’t been dis­closed, but Audi says it can cover the 0-60mph sprint in around 3.5 sec­onds be­fore reach­ing 124mph in just over 12 sec­onds. It also says the top speed is capped at 149mph to max­imise its 248-mile range.

While con­cep­tu­ally sim­i­lar to the cur­rent A7 – boast­ing a sim­i­lar length – the e-tron GT is 50mm lower than its coun­ter­part, de­spite hav­ing its bat­tery pack stored on the base of the car. Charg­ing can be done ei­ther through a tra­di­tional plug-in sys­tem or via Audi Wire­less Charg­ing, which uses a pad that the ve­hi­cle can be parked over, sim­i­lar to wire­less mo­bile phone charg­ing.

Pro­duc­tion will be han­dled by Audi Sport, which is re­spon­si­ble for the firm’s RS mod­els. First ex­am­ples are ex­pected to be built at the end of 2020, with de­liv­er­ies fol­low­ing early in 2021. It will be the third ve­hi­cle un­der the e-tron flag.

Ear­lier this year the firm un­veiled the e-tron SUV, which is now on sale, while the yet-to-be-re­vealed Sport­back is due in 2019. Audi has plans for 12 al­l­elec­tric cars to be on sale by 2025.

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