Audi has announced a new EV called the E-Tron GT Concept. It’s a sleek sedan that gets its electric power from the same drivetrain and battery platform that is in Porsche’s first EV, the Taycan.
Since its announcement , we’ve seen very little video of the Audi PB18 e-tron. All the video we’ve seen is the same — “look at this car”-type stuff. However, Supercar Blondie (aka Alex Hirschi) had the chance to check the PB18 e-tron out in person, get inside and actually drive it, which is the first time we’ve seen it even actually move. To say We are jealous is an understatement.
In this new video, Hirschi gets to not only show us the Audi PB18 e-tron but she’s allowed inside of it. That’s especially cool because its driver’s seat actually slides from the normal position on the left side of the car to the center of the cabin. So it can have either a normal driving position, with the potential for a passenger, or a center driving position like a McLaren F1. She shows this off and it’s awesome.
Then, she actually gets to drive it, which is awesome. Obviously, she isn’t allowed to drive it fast or for long, because it’s a zillion-dollar one-off prototype and it probably doesn’t drive very well but it does show that it’s a semi-working prototype. It’s an actual functioning car and not just a show-floor prop.
While we obviously don’t get to see it hooned on a track, Chris Harris-style, that’s only because it’s just a prototype and Audi likely won’t let anyone without a four-ring badge drive it much. However, we’re grateful that we get to see this much of it and Hirschi does a great job of getting us up and close with one of the coolest electric concept cars to come out in a long time
Sitting on 22-inch wheels, the E-Tron GT takes power from a 90kWh battery pack and puts it into two electric motors (one on each axle). In total, that drivetrain creates 434 kilowatts of power, or 590 horsepower. That’s good enough to go from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.4 seconds, according to Audi.
Audi is estimating a range of about 248 miles for the E-Tron GT, according to Europe’s new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) standards. While WLTP is more stringent than the previous standards that automakers used to predict range, its estimates are still a bit rosier than what the EPA generates, meaning real-world range performance could wind up a bit short of that mark.
Since it shares Porsche’s Taycan tech, the E-Tron GT will also feature very fast charging. The 800-volt battery system is able to go from nearly dead to 80 percent charged in 20 minutes, faster than basically anything else currently on the market — including Tesla’s Superchargers.
While it’s beyond passé at this point to call a car a “Tesla Killer,” announcements like the E-Tron GT concept serve as stark reminders that traditional automakers have a wave of EVs on the horizon. By the time the GT concept becomes reality, Audi will have the E-Tron crossover as well as a sportback version on the road, and the German automaker’s first efforts in this field will be joined by similar products from Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and many more.
Deliveries start in early 2021, according to Audi.
Expect to pay in the region of $75,000 for the e-tron GT, although pricing is still unconfirmed.
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