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Audi E-Tron GT Aims At Tesla Model S P100D

Here's an interesting tidbit: as you may suspect, automakers like to tease their special models. It's a way of hooking gearheads with the new iron well before the official release of the vehicle. That's exactly the way Audi has been handling the release of its EV E-Tron GT.
Posted: October 20, 2018 - 10:49PM
Author: Marc Stern

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Sometimes an automaker will tease a new vehicle and will then, from time to time, continue to tease the car, slowly revealing the entire model. Most of the time, the early comments are just enough to wet the whistle, so to speak, so that enthusiasts can hardly wait for the real thing.

Audi Makes Its Announcement

For example, Audi announced it would be bringing out a four-door electric last March. That was the first mention of the planned E-Tron GT. And, there wasn’t much more forthcoming from Ingolstadt. Audi Continues To Tease About the E-Tron GT.

Meantime, the automaker has finally given out a bit more info on the planned GT. According to a mention in the British publication Autocar, the planned performance EV will make its appearance sometime in 2020. Though it will use the power train much like the planned E-Tron SUV, it will be aimed more at power, rather than maximizing range, as would be the case with an SUV.

According to comments from Siegfried Pint, powertrain chief for the automaker, Audi is aiming at Tesla’s Model S P100D. The P100D does a 0 to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in 4.3 seconds.

GT Shares Porsche, Audi Genes

The GT will share the same platform as that used by the Porsche Taycan Audi E-Tron GT To Share Porsche Taycan Platform. so, as writes, quoting Autocar, it is no surprise that the E-Tron GT will get a “get some genes from Porsche,” as well as Audi.

The GT will also be Audi’s first EV using the “flat-floor solution” rather than the “high-floor solution” found in the E-Tron SUV..

According to Autocar, the four-door GT will be the carmaker’s first vehicle to allow 350-kW fast charging. This means the E-Tron GT can achieve an 80 percent charge in less than 12 minutes. And, as observes of this feature, “With the rumored focus on performance rather than range, this feature should be warmly greeted by customers.”

Audi Plans Los Angeles Introduction

Audi will show this concept model at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show next month. Audi To Debut Concept E-Tron GT In LA. Following rather quickly on the heels of this concept vehicle, Audi is reportedly going to go into production of the E-Tron Sportback. Next, Audi plans call for the production of the GT in 2020. The manufacturing site will be Audi’s Neckarsulm factory in Germany. Ultimately, Audi will have 12 EVs debuting between 2019 and 2025.

Sources: Autocar, Motor1

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DeanMcManis (not verified)    October 22, 2018 - 1:41AM

Actually the Tesla Model S 75D is rated as 0-60 in 4.2 sec. The P100D in Ludicrous is rated as 0-60 in 2.5 sec, but Motor Trend did it in 2.28 sec.
If the E-Tron GT is based on the Taycan, it should manage 0-60 in under 3.5 seconds. Which is more than quick enough, being comparable to the $64K, Tesla Model 3 Performance (3.3 sec).