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How Audi plans to disrupt the Performance EV market with the 2021 e-Tron GT

Audi e-Tron GT
Audi e-Tron GT

The AUDI E Tron GT 2021 | All-electric Audi Mega Launch

Audi e-Tron GT Exterior Design

The Audi E Tron GT was revealed on February 9th, by the German automaker. The E Tron GT comes as the next new all Electric EV from the Volkswagen group. It was done via an hour-long live stream online. In the presentation, Audi also gave an outline about exterior and interior design, as well as the specs and performance numbers of the new all-electric E Tron GT.

The Audi E-Tron GT concept was previewed back in 2018.

So even though this is the very first actual look at the production vehicle, it’s indeed familiar in several ways, to the concept that debuted over 2 years ago. This is because the sheet metal, shape, and form of the vehicle have not been drastically altered. Also, look closely and there is a hint of TT and the Quattro especially around those side haunches.

Yet another notable difference is that the GT utilizes a five-layer carbon-fiber roof and it comprises reinforced plastic. Audi says that it is a first for any one of its vehicles.

Since the concept, the automobile has transformed, and Audi is announcing the final production-ready version of its new battery-powered all-electric GT today.

The GT has a super low coefficient of drag at just 0.24 and has intake vents for brake ducts and radiators that can shut if they’re not required.

According to Audi AG’s head of aerodynamic development, Moni Islam, the GTs spoiler, can be manually deployed, automatically. It extends to its uppermost position at 118 mph and reduces the rear lift by as much as 60 pounds in its extended mode.

He noted that more than a third of the aerodynamic drag is contributed by the wheels. Hence, Audi paid a lot of attention to design the wheels as well.

Signature Audi Lighting

Audi Signature LED Lighting
Signature Audi Lighting

LED Daytime running lights are a signature feature that Audi introduced to the market with its R8 supercar back in 2008.

Even with the E-Tron, the headlights and rear lights are distinctive components of the exterior design.

In front and rear, the LED light patterns produce a pronounced three-dimensional modeling and highlight the emotional look of the E Tron GT. The characteristic blue designer trim of the optional Audi laser light is at the center of the Audi headlamps for the first time. The DRL’s provide a truly striking light signature.

But at the rear, the sculptural light strip covers the whole width of the automobile. They switch sequentially from a line down the middle further into larger light segments outwards. This allows the E Tron GT to appear that much more formidable, enhancing its stance further.

Hi-Tech Interior on All Electric Audi

Audi E-Tron GT Interior

Taking a look inside, even the cabin remains mostly unchanged from the concept. This is so uncommon in the industry these days because most of these concepts never make it to production.

The gauge cluster sits inside a 12.3-inch digital cockpit screen ahead of the flat-bottom steering wheel. The single-screen version of the layout used also in Audi’s E-Tron SUV and Sportback models, with a 10.1-inch MMI Touch Response display, is part of the package. It is positioned towards the driver.

Audi has chosen to go with a leather-free cabin because it wants to take a more sustainable approach. It is doing this by using more environmentally friendly and recycled materials in the cabin of the E Tron GT. As standard, the E Tron GT will come with materials ranging from Dinamica and Alcantara. Although there is Nappa leather upholstery available as an option.

The E-Tron does have excellent usable room for skis and even bicycles inside along with the flip-forward rear seats.

The sound system from Bang & Olufsen provides 710 watts from its 15 speakers setup. Sports seats with 14-way power adjustments are part of the RS E Tron GT. You can also opt for pneumatically adjustable side bolsters, heating/cooling, and massage features as well.

E Tron GT Specs & Performance

Audi e-Tron GT Drivetrain
Audi e-Tron GT Drivetrain

The E Tron GT is equipped in the front-end with a permanent magnet motor and rear.

The E Tron GT Quattro will offer 350 kW (469 hp) and 630 Nm (464.7 pound-feet). As far as power and torque are concerned, 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) comes in just 4.1 seconds. The top speed is rated at 245 km/h (152.2 mph). So Audi asserts that this is in line with its V-10-powered R8’s performance.

Unsurprisingly, at 440 kW (590 hp) and 830 nm, the RS E Tron GT is even more powerful (612.2 pound-feet). That allows it to go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 3.3 seconds and has a max speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph).

If we can draw a comparison, the figures for the Porsche Taycan 4S are 390 kW (523 hp) and 640 Nm (472 pound-feet).

The RS edition of the battery-powered Audi E Tron GT is also comparable to the 500 kW (590 hp) and 850 Nm (626.9 pound-feet)Taycan Turbo.

Make note that the new E Tron GT has a “ Quattro “ badge. Hence, there is also a possibility of a rear-wheel-drive variant just like how Porsche introduced with the Taycan this year.

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Originally published at https://evtransform.com on February 10, 2021.

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Khris Bharath

Khris Bharath

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