Audi e-tron GT concept, a new star is born in Los Angeles
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, the four-ring brand unveils the Audi e-tron GT concept, an all-electric four-door coupé, which anticipates the production series version at its debut in two years. It will go to support the Suv e-tron and the already confirmed e-tron Sportback.
Characterized by a purely sporting architecture and a heavily lowered center of gravity, the Audi e-tron GT concept, with a power of 590 bhp, ensures pure sports performance.
Performance which contributes the Quattro permanent AWD system. The production of the series model will be entrusted to Audi Sport, the brand's high-performance subsidiary.
Design and bodywork were born in the wind tunnel. Low, wide and long-wheeled are the three adjectives that identify the Gran Turismo.
Perfectly respected proportions by the Audi e-tron GT concept, characterized by a length of 4.96 meters, a width of 1.96 meters and a low height of 1.38 meters.
The body of the new four-door coupé relies on a lightweight multi-material structure: the carbon roof is accompanied by numerous aluminum components and high-strength steel load-bearing elements.
The platform of the car was developed in collaboration with Porsche, while design and character reflect 100% the DNA of Audi. At the center of the front stands out the single Audi frame, wider and with a smaller vertical development than the Suv e-tron.
The structure recalls the typical honeycomb pattern of the grille of the Audi RS models. A detail that anticipates the production of e-tron GT by Audi Sport.
Four doors, four seats and a 2.9 meter wheelbase: the interior of the Audi e-tron GT concept combines maximum versatility with the care of the brand's characteristic finishes.
The cockpit is markedly oriented to the driver, while the console, characterized in the upper area by a large touchscreen, and the horizontal motif that seamlessly unites the door strips with the dashboard frame the driver's seat.
The driver easily accesses the control elements and the infotainment system. The seats are inspired by motorsport and guarantee excellent lateral support.
The instrumentation display and touchscreen with haptic feedback along the console benefit from the black panel look.
Both screens underline the width of the passenger compartment and use different layouts to display information according to the driver's needs.
The interiors of the Audi e-tron GT concept are made from environmentally friendly materials: a choice that constitutes a declaration of intent on the future of the car.
With two luggage compartments, Audi e-tron GT concept takes advantage of the electric propulsion that brings a very compact powertrain.
The rear loading area, characterized by the large tailgate, has a volume of 450 liters. 100 liters of additional space are available under the front bonnet.
Audi e-tron GT concept can count on an electric powertrain capable of delivering a total of 590 hp.
Specifically, there is an engine in correspondence with the front axle and a propeller on the rear axle. In both cases it is a synchronous unit with permanent magnets.
The torque is discharged to the ground by permanent four-wheel drive. More specifically, the Quattro electric variant, since no mechanical connection, is foreseen between the axles.
The electronic management of the system coordinates the distribution of the thrust between the front and rear axle as well as between the wheels on the same axis (torque vectoring function).
The Audi e-tron GT concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and has a self-limited top speed of 240 km/h. The car's potential can be exploited several times in a row without bending the supply.
A plus made possible by the refined battery cooling system, power electronics and engines. The autonomy of the Audi e-tron GT concept measured according to the WLTP standard is more than 400 kilometers.
The energy is supplied by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery with reduced vertical development, located in the underbody between the axles.
Like the Audi e-tron SUV, the energy recovery contributes substantially (up to 30%) to the autonomy of the car and operates both through electric engines and thanks to the integrated electro-hydraulic braking system.
The battery of the Audi e-tron GT concept can be recharged in different ways: by cable or without contact, by induction, via the Audi wireless charging system.
In this case a charging plate with integrated coil is placed in the usual parking area of the car.
With an output of 11 kW, the Audi e-tron GT concept can be conveniently recharged at 100% overnight.
The recharge via cable is much faster, thanks to the 800 Volt system that allows, in about 20 minutes, to regenerate 80% of the energy in the accumulators so as to have a range of more than 320 kilometers (in the WLTP cycle).