With the Audi GT e-tron, the German automotive giant aims to leave its own mark on the emerging full-electric crossover market. Shown recently at the Shangai car show, the upcoming GT looks like a potent mixture of current and futuristic technologies.
Even though Audi has some good experience with electric-powered cars, it plans to offer a fully electric supercar. This “Gran Turismo” coupe is expected to enter full serial production somewhere in 2018 and challenge its future rival – the Jaguar I-Pace.
Audi GT e-tron – Seductive Style
Even though the Audi GT e-tron is being described as a completely new model segment, its looks are still fairly familiar. It expertly blends the aesthetics of a 4-door coupe with classic crossover features.
However, the GT e-tron adds a number of new aesthetic touches, as well as some fresh variety to Audi’s lineup. In the front, a huge, sleek-looking bumper dominates the view, along with a traditional, yet futuristic-looking grille. The headlights look quite similar to those found on the newest Q8. In the back, we can see the same treatment. The GT’s rear features a design that combines full-width brake lights with an aggressively sculpted diffuser.
When it comes to its interior, the Audi GT e-tron comes with all the bells and whistles of a futuristic concept car. Of course, these include a number of large touch-screen displays, a plethora of cameras instead of traditional rear-view mirrors, and an unconventional steering wheel. Given that this is going to be a crossover Sportback, we should also expect a decent amount of passenger room, as well as cargo space.
Even though this concept vehicle is brimming with high-tech features, its interior layout will be surprisingly simple. We expect the dashboard to be fully driver-focused, with a very convenient and minimalistic design. This design is expected to influence the GT’s entire cabin and ensure plenty of comfort and simple-to-use controls.
Large Battery Pack and Three Electric Motors
The real star of the upcoming Audi GT e-tron is, undoubtedly, its state-of-the-art engine. This powertrain will consist of one large battery pack and three electric motors. These motors will provide power to each wheel independently. To be more precise. two of them will supply power to the rear wheels, while one will be placed on the front axle, so as to split power to the front wheels.
The combined output of these motors is estimated at almost 500hp. However, this amount will be produced only when full performance is needed. With this engine, it will be capable of covering the distance of almost 310 miles on a single charge. Additionally, it will be capable of going from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
According to the latest news, the upcoming Audi GT e-tron Sportback is slated to enter serial production sometime in 2018. It will most likely to rival the Jaguar I-Pace.
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