Audi will be launching its next electric vehicle, the company unveiled its e-tron GT concept at the Los Angeles Motor Show 2018. The launch will come in line with planned product launches of the e-tron SUV and the e-tron Sportback slated for 2019.
The e-tron GT concept features a flat floor architecture which provides a low centre of gravity. The concept vehicle comes powered by a 590 hp total motor output with torque transferred to the wheels from Audi’s Quattro permanent all-wheel drive setup featuring torque vectoring. Audi Sport GmbH, a performance subsidiary of Audi, will be subsequently transforming the car into a mass production model.
The Audi e-tron GT concept measures 4.96 m in length, 1.96 m in width and 1.38 m in height. The body has been constructed using multiple materials to ensure weight savings. The roof section has been constructed using carbon with multiple aluminium components and high strength steel parts. Technology used in the construction of the concept has been developed in collaboration with Porsche.
In its concept mode, the Audi e-tron GT features broad lines and multiple functional elements like air vents for wheel arches, solid rear diffuser, low drag coefficient and low uplift visual characteristics. The underfloor area is where the battery is housed and is the energy centre of the concept car. The GT concept has been shod with 285/30 R22 tyres.
The Audi e-tron GT concept comes with a wheelbase of 2.90 m providing a spacious seating for four. Interior design highlights include, a floating centre console and freestanding instrument cluster. The central instrument cluster and touchscreen above the centre console come with black panel finish. The GT concept of the e-tron showcases two luggage compartments making use of its concept advantage of an EV, the rear offers 450 litres of space while the hood offers 100 more litres of storage.
The car’s 590hp power system gives the Audi e-tron GT concept a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 3.5 s and can touch 200 km/h in just over 12 seconds. The top speed for the concept car has been electronically regulated to 240 km/h. The concept car will come with a driving range of 400 kms. Audi has introduced an 11 kW charging output for the concept car which can be fully charged overnight. The wired charging system fitted with an 800-volt system takes roughly 20 minutes to charge the battery to 80 % capacity giving the vehicle a range of 320 kms.