Electricity is the future and we all know it. The internal combustion engine is dying and is being replaced with electrons and computers. Audi is one of the brands proving this, as all of its new models will be coming with at least mild hybrid (MHEV) powertrains, such as the Audi A8, A7 and A6, all of which are technically MHEVs. Audi Sport will be jumping into the mix as well, with its own performance-oriented EV in the coming years — the Audi e-tron GT.
In a recent press conference held by Audi, the brand revealed that there will be 20 new electrified vehicles coming by 2025 and the Audi e-tron GT will be one of them. While there are no specs or official information about the actual car itself, we know that it will be a high-performance, four-door car to compete with the Tesla Model S, Porsche Mission E and BMW i4.
While it might be awhile, as we’ve heard that Audi Sport was going to be taking a slow approach to electrification, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler feels EVs are necessary for the future of the brand. “We interpret sportiness very progressively with our fully electric e-tron GT, and this is how we will take our high-performance brand Audi Sport into the future.”
This Audi e-tron GT will be built on the same EV platform as the Porsche Mission E, called the J1 platform, something that Stadler claims significantly reduces cost. In fact, platform sharing has “reduced development costs by three digit million Euro amount” said Stadler.
The idea of a four-door, electric performance GT from Audi is an exciting one. We’ve all seen the performance potential of electric vehicles, with cars like the Tesla Model S breaking 0-60 mph records, so something fast, sleek and entirely electric from Audi is very enticing.