Making a splash at the 2018 LA Auto show is the incredible Audi E-Tron GT concept. This E-Tron concept and technology has been a feather in the virtual cap for the German automaker, and this new concept looks to raise the bar.
Audi has been at the forefront of electric supercar performance, and it’s culminated into the Audi E-Tron GT. We’ve spotted this vehicle in spy shots ahead of the LA Auto show, but mostly under fuzzy spy shots and camo wrap. Now we get a chance to soak in the full glory of this electric supercar.
LA Auto Show – Audi E-Tron GT
Audi has been pushing the electric envelope with builds like the E-Tron Quattro that have been impressive, but this concept sets a new gold standard. The Audi E-Tron GT concept marks the third vehicle under their E-Tron moniker. They’ve continued to build on their electric super car technology and it shows in the level of refinement in this concept.
Audi claims that the production version of this vehicle will be ready by 2020. Wondering just how much horsepower the Audi E-Tron GT has? With a rated power output of 582 horsepower, the E-Tron GT puts it down to all four wheels with Audi’s electric Quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Want more Audi E-Tron GT specifications? Audi’s tested the supercar extensively, and the numbers are very impressive. How does a sub-3.5 second 0-62 MPH dash? From 0-124 MPH the Audi tips the stopwatch at a touch over 12 seconds. That sounds like Tesla beating power to me, or at the very least it throws Audi’s hat into the ring.
What’s more, Audi claims the concept is more capable and durable than it’s counterparts. Thanks to the 90 kWh lithium battery system and advanced cooling technology, the Audi E-Tron GT can run longer, harder without complications that could potentially trip up other electric supercars.
The range numbers are claimed at 248 miles, which is incredible if true. Given the level of performance in the E-tron concept, it’s an engineering feat in and of itself. But wait, there’s more! Audi also claims that they can boost range up to 30 percent using the traditional braking energy recuperation technology.
Wireless car charging is all the rage, and the E-Tron GT is no different. Audi states that the concept consumes 11 kW to charge overnight, and with a traditional wired charger an 800-volt system can fully charge the vehicle in only 30 minutes.
Built alongside Porsche, the Audi E-Tron GT looks every bit the part on stage in LA. Carbon fiber is found throughout the concept car, including the entire roof and rear diffuser. Dimensions for the concept are very similar to the Audi A7, but the E-Tron GT cranks up the performance wick considerably.
Expected to be available in 2020, it remains to be seen just how serious of a contender the E-tron concept is when stacked against the competition.