During the launch of the Audi e-tron SUV, the four-ringed brand showed that it’s already been planning on future electric cars. One of those cars being the upcoming Audi e-tron GT, which will be an all-electric four-door sportback model. While any sort of official information is still under wraps, we’re now hearing that the upcoming e-tron GT will be focused more on power and performance than range or efficiency.
According to Autocar, who spoke with Audi electric powertrain boss Siegfried Pint, the e-tron GT will be “steered towards performance”. Though, it’s said that it will have a similar range to the Audi e-tron SUV’s 248 miles on the WLTP cycle. As we know it now, the goal for the Audi e-tron GT is to be faster than a Tesla Model S P100D, though we don’t see that happening to be honest.
What’s interesting about the Audi e-tron GT versus its SUV sibling is that it won’t be built on the same platform. The e-tron SUV is built on a heavily modified MLB-Evo platform but the e-tron GT will be built on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, dubbed J1.
According to Audi technical development boss Ulrich Widmann, the Audi e-tron GT will “get some genes from Porsche and add a lot of Audi genes”. That means it will get a flat-floor battery design, rather than the higher-floor design of the e-tron SUV.
Also, e-tron GT product manager Johannes Eckstein claims it will be the first production car to be ready for 350kW charging, which is significantly faster than the 150kW charging to the e-tron SUV.
So rather than just a big, squishy electric cruiser, the Audi e-tron will be a high-performance GT car with the fastest charging capabilities on the market. We’ll see what the e-tron GT will be like in a month or so, at the L.A. Auto Show in November.