We all got pretty excited when the Porsche Taycan was unveiled back in 2017. Not only was it the first all-electric car to carry the Porsche badge, and one of the first major EVs to come from the Volkswagen Group, we all knew that it would spawn a host of other low-slung four-door sports cars based on the same production platform.
And, shortly afterwards, the Audi e-Tron GT was announced – a four-door super saloon that, on the surface, looks like a Taycan with a few Audi bits glued on. While we’re still waiting for the car to appear in production form, Audi has revealed a whole load of new information on the e-Tron GT, including a surprise announcement about a performance model that’s currently in the works.
With the e-Tron GT back on our feeds, here are five things you need to know about the Taycan-based Audi EV.
Peel back the e-Tron GT’s skin and you’ll find the same J1 electric architecture that underpins the Porsche Taycan. The J1 platform isn’t just a slab of aluminium, either, as it also comes bundled in with batteries and circuitry, meaning the e-Tron GT should get the same 93.4kWh battery pack as more powerful Taycan models.
Of course, it’s not a complete Taycan clone. Audi has given the e-Tron GT its own unique design, with the only Taycan carry over being the roofline and haunches over the rear wheels. The back end looks as though it has been taken straight from the e-Tron SUV, and the front end looks as though it’ll be bespoke to the GT.
We’ve only see the GT in concept guise so far, so there’s a chance the final product may undergo a few changes here and there. But Audi’s development cars suggest the production car won’t look all that different to the concept.
As its looks suggest, the e-Tron GT will be a properly fast car. The four-door EV comes with two synchronous electric motors, one on each axle, which together develop a 582bhp. Audi has yet to give us a torque figure, but the combination of an ultra-efficient electric powertrain and permanent all-wheel drive means the e-Tron GT will complete a 0-62mph dash in just 3.5 seconds.
But the e-Tron GT is also lightning quick when its standing still. The EV supports 350kW charging, meaning you should be able to fill up 80% of the car’s battery capacity in just 20 minutes. That is, of course, if you find a 350kW charger which, at the moment, are somewhat of a rarity in the UK.
So how many miles can you expect from a an e-Tron GT? Audi says you can expect a WLTP-rated range of 248 miles on a single charge, which isn’t too bad but it’s by no means Earth-shattering. The cheapest version of the Tesla Model S, which is the Long Range at £77,000, has a WLTP-rated range of 379 miles, while the entry-level Taycan 4S with its usable 79.2kWh battery still manages 252 miles on a single charge.
Of course, we’re taking the official figure for the e-Tron GT concept, so there’s still time for Audi to up the range on the production model. But with the car seemingly sticking close to its concept roots, we wouldn’t be surprised if it launched with the quoted 248 miles.
On a lighter note, Audi has developed a unique set of sounds that play when you’re driving about in your e-Tron. On the surface, that’s not exactly news. From 2021, all electric cars will require an Avas (or acoustic vehicle alert system) that plays a sound on the exterior of the vehicle at speeds of up to 12mph.
But Audi’s optional Sound Package takes things a step further. It comprises of the standard loud speaker at the front of the car for the mandatory Avas system, plus an extra speaker in the rear and two more inside the rear doors. The front and rear speakers emit a unique sound that’s made up of 32 different layers and reacts to the drivetrain. So, the pitch of the sound will increase as you build speed.
You can also change the sound depending on the driving mode you’re in. In eco mode, the car will only emit the sound at speeds of up to 12mph. Switch it up to comfort and the rear speaker kicks in, while moving over to dynamic, the sportiest mode available, increases the volume of both speakers and activates the rear door speakers.
If 582bhp isn’t enough for you, then you’re in luck. Audi has confirmed that it will be making a performance-focused RS version of the e-Tron GT that will no doubt give the 671bhp Porsche Taycan Turbo a run for its money in terms of power.
Quite how fast the e-Tron GT RS will be is a mystery at the moment. In fact, Audi is keeping details about the RS variant under wraps for the time being. However, we do know it’ll go on sale alongside the regular e-Tron GT towards the middle of next year.