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LA Auto Show: Audi E-tron GT Concept Wows Show

Slick Electric Supercar Poised to Be New Face of the Audi Brand

Robert Downey Jr. was overkill. The Audi E-tron GT concept car unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week didn’t need star support—it was the star. Audi strikes that sweet spot between svelte but safe elegance and aggressive and memorable luxury.

Audi did use its Iron Man to validate the car’s iconic superhero/supercar status and slot it as the politically correct successor to the current top-of-the-line R8. The new four-door coupe electric standard-bearer looks ready to accept this accolade when it enters production (it’s expected to be in consumer hands by early 2021). When it arrives, it will be the third car in Audi’s electric transformation—following the just-launched Audi E-tron SUV and the E-tron Sportback due next year.

Audi E-tron GT concept

Designer Marc Lichte said this is a “one in a lifetime” car

The E-tron GT design is exotic and attention-grabbing in contrast to the basic E-tron SUV’s more mundane, non-controversial styling. While you could lose the first E-tron in a lot full of Q5s and Q7s, the E-tron GT would stand out in any crowd.

Head of Audi AG design Marc Lichte presented the car as his signature achievement (a “once in a lifetime” opportunity), extolling its combination of functionality and aesthetics. As an example he pointed out that it sits two inches lower than the sleek A7, but offers better rear seat headroom thanks to electric vehicle packaging advantages.

GT Details

The Audi E-tron GT ups the ante for electric halo cars on several fronts. The car features a two-motor system—Quattro permanent all-wheel drive, of course—that puts out a total of 590 horsepower. Expected performance is 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds.     

Audi E-tron GT concept

This is a car that greets you head on

The 90 kWh battery is designed to not only deliver the above performance, but also 250 miles of range. Top speed is limited to 150 mph to conserve the battery. An Audi-developed cooling system purports to offer more reliability in high-performance driving. Energy recuperation comes in three areas—manual recuperation via paddle shifters, automatic recuperation while coasting and brake recuperation, increasing Audi EV range up to 30 percent. The battery also is designed for rapid recharging—capable of reaching an 80 percent charge in 20 minutes.   

When it goes into production the Audi Sport GmbH subsidiary—Audi’s version of Mercedes’ renowned AMG—will be in charge of building the car.

Photos by Lex Adams 

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About Author: Michael Coates

is editor and publisher at Clean Fleet Report and an internationally recognized expert in the field of automotive environmental issues. He has been an automotive editor and writer for more than three decades. His media experience includes Petersen Publishing (now part of The Enthusiast Network), Green Car Journal, trade magazines, newspaper and television news reporting. He currently serves on the Board of the Western Automotive Journalists.

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