Audi’s ‘Tesla fighter’ e-tron GT spied testing in production guise

Audi’s latest four-door four-seater performance electric coupe, the e-tron GT has been spied testing ahead of the start of series production in late 2020 by user Fischi220 of the Cochespias forum.

Audi was planning to unveil the e-tron GT production version at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2020, but it remains to be seen if the plan is still on because of the Coronavirus breakout. Audi will market the e-tron GT as a performance car and if the e-tron GT Concept’s specs are anything to go by, it will stay true to the name, making a combined power output of 434 kW (590 hp) from the electric motors placed on either axle with a 0 to 100 km/h sprint achieved in just 3.5 seconds, 200 km/h in just over 12 seconds and onward to a top speed of 240 km/h. Audi will be borrowing the battery pack from the Porsche Taycan Turbo, so we can expect over 90 kWh capacity and a range of over 400 km (WLTP) in a single charge. The e-tron GT is also a genuine quattro model as the torque is delivered at all four wheels and there is no mechanical link between the axles.

The e-tron GT will be perfect for long journeys if you can plan the trips around fast chargers as the four-door coupe features an 800 V system. The car can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 20 minutes, which equals to more than 320 km of range with a 350 kW fast charger. The e-tron GT concept measures 4.96 m in length, 1.96 m in width and 1.38 m in height, along with a wheelbase of 2.90 m, which should translate to a decently spacious cabin. The inside of the e-tron GT concept featured a digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system but on the production car we expect a dual-screen in the centre with 10.1-inch and 8.8-inch units similar to the e-tron SUV, that is India-bound.

Audi will start production of the e-tron GT at its Bollinger Hofe factory in Neckarsulm, Germany where the R8 is also made. If Audi keeps up the original plan, production will start in late 2020 and the car will reach the showrooms in early 2021.