Double truths the automotive future of America will be: there will be trucks and electricity. Audi is already with the E-tron SUV, but is now also a half heretic and hopes to prove that no matter what GM thinks, Americans still have a place on their sedan driveways. At least sports, imported, electric.
On Monday evening, the German automotive company gave journalists, dealers and various sorcerers a preview of their new halo-electric car. Robert Downey, Jr. was in hand – in a suit and pink high-tops – to pull out the cover like the classic Kraftwerk whipped from the speakers. (Iron Man and Audi have a back link in the first movie to place the R8.)
The concept of the Audi E-tron GT is a four-door Gran Turismo (it should not be großer tourer?), which should enter into production in 2020. The car is low, wide and long, with a sloping roof reminiscent of the A7, the most beautiful Audi sedan. The most distinctive parts of the design are heavy rear extensions, such as a muscle car and a deeply carved threshold that runs under the door between the wheels. It is the intentionally visible home of the battery, which Audi calls the "energy center" of the car. Other riots that do not have to be produced include glowing touch buttons instead of doors, huge wheels that look a bit like an aero design on the Tesla model 3, which could help with the range and retro-cool illuminated red E-tron badge in the rear bumper.
Despite the presence of this large battery, the car is two centimeters lower than the A7, says Audi design director Marc Lichte. "We have developed an intelligent battery of different heights," he says. Most of the volume was moved under the seats, with the exception of the legs, instead of the standard, flat "skateboard" design.
In front, the grille extends horizontally, unlike the vertical grille on the E-tron SUV. The upper half of the grill is closed. "It's no longer a radiator, it's just a sensor surface beneath it," says Lichte. There are still large air intakes for cooling the battery and brakes and also reducing turbulent airflow to make the vehicle aerodynamic. Animated headlights create an impulse wave of light when the driver approaches the vehicle, which Audi says will ever get into production (but may not hold the breath in the US). On the back, it appears that the single red light stripe broke and spread on the edges to create the rear lights that Ford Mustang suggested a little to them.
The GT concept is the third vehicle of the Audi E-tron. The SUV came to market this year. Sportback is rather practical, in the middle of the road, for someone who needs SUV practicality, but longing for the cloud flash. GT is based on the same platform as Porsche Taycan (VW sibling), so performance is really interesting.
GT will develop 590 horsepower from two electric motors, one front, one rear, all-wheel drive or quattro. Audi says it will have a speed of 0 to 60 km / h in 3.5 seconds, with a limited maximum speed of 149 mph. And it should be able to do it again and again without the performance drop – the criticism of some older power plants like the Tesla S – due to high cooling.
The battery is a 90 kWh package, which Audi says will provide 248 miles from within the European test cycle. Expect the number to be the official US EPA test. This is on the same level as other luxury cars like the Jaguar I-Pace and the Mercedes EQC, but they are big, high SUVs. Similarly, the low and elegant Tesla Model S gets 315 miles out of 100-kWh packages.
Like the Porsche Taycan, the E-tron GT will have a 800-volt battery system. This makes it faster to charge faster than the more typical 400-volt architecture seen in today's EVs. Audi requires 20 minutes to top up 80 percent, but it will depend on finding a charger capable of delivering this juice. Porsche equips its retailer with a fast charger for its customers, but no word about whether Audi will do the same.
He is still recovering from his diesel emission scandal, the parent company Audi, Volkswagen, is being introduced into electrification. Audi says that by 2025, it will be 30 percent of the volume of EV sales.
Sedans may be the heresy of American cars at present, but Autobahn stormers still sell well in Europe and China. And if Audi and Porsche can deliver electric cars that look as good as their concepts, they have a chance to jump over all American riders.
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