A few months back, we talked about the upcoming Audi e-tron GT and how it would be revealed by the end of 2020. As far as we know, that’s still the case. However, as far as actual mass production goes, that won’t start until around Q3 2020. At the moment, construction is already underway to add to and modify the Böllinger Höfe plant where the Audi R8 is built to accommodate e-tron GT production.
“Since the Böllinger Höfe was already created in the design phase as a small-series production facility with innovative and flexible production processes, that gives us the ideal conditions to produce the e-tron GT alongside the Audi R8,” says Production Manager Wolfgang Schanz. “Here a unique combination of craftsmanship and smart factory is coming to life.”
Two lightweight construction halls are being added to the Böllinger Höfe plant, both of which will combine for about 10,000 square meters (107,639.1 sq ft) of space. While both the Audi e-tron GT and Audi R8 will be built in the same facility, there will be some key differences in how they’re built. For instance, most of the body work for the Audi R8 is hand finished. But the body work for the Audi e-tron GT will mostly be highly automated.
Production for the e-tron GT will begin in the Fall of 2020 and it will become the brand’s latest flagship performance machine. Which makes it sort of fitting that both it and the R8 will be built in the same factory. The Audi R8 is the pinnacle of the brand’s internal combustion performance and the e-tron GT will be the pinnacle of its EV performance. So both the brand’s flagship performance machines, at opposite ends of the spectrum, will be built under one roof. That’s kind of awesome.
When the e-tron GT finally makes its debut, it will be a stunning four-door sportback with two electric motors and a power output of around 590 hp. Audi is claiming a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds but we expect it to be a few tenths quicker than that. Fall 2020 can’t come soon enough.