Earlier this year, Audi announced that they would add 12 all-electric cars to their range by 2025 – each aimed at a different segment of the market. Having already unveiled the stunning new e-tron SUV and PB18 e-tron supercar, they’ve now shown us the coupe of the future.
This beautiful looking GT car is the all-new Audi e-tron GT Concept. Boasting the practicality of a four-door coupe, it’s a potent mix of almost 600hp and typically Audi coupe comfort, luxury and sophistication. Currently being presented as a show car at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the e-tron GT Concept is set to go into production in 2020; following in the footsteps of the e-tron Sportback that is slated for release late next year.
Power comes from a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity in excess of 90kWh and is fed to all-four wheels through a Quattro all-wheel drive system that supports a clever torque vectoring system.
Audi say that total output is equivalent to 590hp and that the e-tron GT Concept will sprint from a standstill to 62mph in just 3.5seconds and 124mph in 12seconds. Unlike some electric competitors, you won’t be limited to using full acceleration just once, with Audi saying that you could potentially use it “several times in succession”.
Now for the ever important question: what’s the range? Audi say that e-tron GT Concept is good for 250 miles on a single charge and that, working closely with the team behind the Porsche Taycan, they have managed to equip 800 volt charging.
The result is the ability to charge e-tron GT Concept to 80 percent power in just 20 minutes. Audi say that e-tron GT Concept also benefits from wireless charging ability through Audi Wireless Charging.
Alongside torque vectoring, increased handling ability comes courtesy of flat-floor architecture, a low centre of gravity (thanks to the positioning of the battery) and four-wheel steering. A large focus has been placed on energy regeneration from the brakes, with 90% of deceleration coming from energy recuperation and not the ceramic brake discs. In fact, up to 0.3g, braking is done solely through regeneration.
Using various different recuperation modes – manual coasting recuperation using the shift paddles, automatic coasting recuperation and brake recuperation – Audi say that range can be increased by up to 30 percent.
Stepping inside, the cabin combines the environmental focus of the powertrain with typical Audi style, comfort and luxury. This means a vegan interior that features sustainably created synthetic leather and recycled materials throughout – the deep-pile floor carpets are even made from used fishing nets. As you’d expect from an Audi concept car, there’s also an abundance of technology within the cabin.
We’re looking forward to seeing all of the e-tron offerings that will continue to appear over the next few years. What do you think of the new Audi e-tron GT Concept?