Los Angeles Auto Show - Audi has become the latest premium car manufacturer to set its sights on Tesla's luxury sedan turf and the e-tron GT concept car that you see here will spawn a production model in late 2020.
Performance is at the sharp end, with Audi predicting a 3.5 second 0-100km/h time thanks to a pair of synchronous electric motors, mounted separately on the front and rear axles and producing a total of 434kW. The quattro all-wheel-drive system, with torque vectoring, is electronically coordinated, so there’s no mechanical link existing between the front and rear axles.
In that space you’ll find the batteries, in a floor-mounted layout that also reduces the centre of gravity. They provide a range of over 400km (WLTP standard) between charges, and can be charged to 80 percent of capacity in around 20 minutes, according to Audi, thanks to the 800-volt charging system.
Much of this car’s technology was developed in conjunction with Porsche, Audi says, meaning that the production model will be a close relative of the upcoming Tacan.
The Audi’s body, measuring 4960mm in length and 1960mm in width, is almost identical in size to the A7’s, and it’s made from a combination of materials, with the roof in carbon fibre and the main body featuring a mix of high-strength steel and aluminium.