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New 2021 Audi e-tron GT arrives to rival Tesla Model S

Audi has uncovered its solution to the not too long ago current Tesla Design S,...

Audi has uncovered its solution to the not too long ago current Tesla Design S, the e-tron GT. The new design takes advantage of the technologies and system that also underpin the Porsche Taycan, and it is due to go on sale in the United kingdom in May possibly with selling prices ranging from £79,900 to £133,340.

Firm manager Markus Duesmann describes the pure-electric powered saloon as “the most critical auto for Audi”, occupying halo status in the brand’s line-up. To mark its vary-topping qualifications, the e-tron GT will be crafted at Audi’s Böllinger Höfe facility in Neckarsulm – the identical factory that makes the R8 supercar.

From start, customers will have a selection of two types: the e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT. Each versions use an electric powered powertrain that includes a motor mounted on each axle for four-wheel push. 

The entry-level automobile makes 469bhp and 630Nm of torque, which Audi claims is more than enough for a -62mph time of four.one seconds and a best velocity of 152mph. It functions double-wishbone suspension, electronically managed dampers, a locking rear diff and steel brakes with ten-piston calipers. There are 19-inch alloys as typical, despite the fact that 20- and 21-inch wheels will be available.

The general performance-centered RS e-tron GT, priced from £110,850 has a electrical power output of 590bhp and 830Nm of torque – despite the fact that the car’s start handle method can quickly improve electrical power to 637bhp. This version’s -62mph time drops to just three.three seconds, though its best velocity increases to an electronically constrained 155mph.

To handle the extra electrical power, RS types also get uprated tungsten-carbide-coated brake discs, adaptive air suspension and a more complex locking rear diff. Purchasers can also include four-wheel steering and carbon-ceramic brakes as extras.

RS types also get a reshaped bonnet and a more aggressive bodykit with a further entrance splitter, broader facet skirts and a decreased rear diffuser. At high velocity, the car’s adaptive dampers also decreased the overall body, which Audi claims aids to make improvements to the car’s security. Matrix-LED headlights are also typical, though the company’s laser light technologies is equipped to the high-electrical power RS variant. 

Audi’s style team has labored with the engineering division to make a condition which is the two striking and economical. 

In an try to squeeze as a great deal vary as doable out of the battery, the car’s bodywork functions several aerodynamic tricks to make it as slippery as doable.For illustration, the channels on the decreased edge of the entrance bumper are intended to permit air flow freely together the car’s flanks. Also, the brake cooling ducts beneath the headlamps function lively vanes, which can near off when they are not essential, even more streamlining the car’s nose. As a result, Audi claims that the new e-tron GT features a drag coefficient of just .24Cd.

Each types are equipped with the identical battery pack, which has a usable capability of 85kWh. Audi claims that there’s a highest vary of 298 miles, depending on correct specification.

As for charging, the e-tron GT takes advantage of the identical 800-volt architecture and thermal management method as the Porsche Taycan. The battery can be totally recharged overnight working with an 11kW wallbox charger or, when related to a 270kW DC speedy-charger, an 80 for each cent demand takes 23 minutes – or around 62 miles of vary for each 5 minutes of charging. As with the Taycan, the e-tron GT can be experienced with a sound synthesiser function named ‘e-tron activity sound’, which adds an synthetic digital powertrain soundtrack. 

Within, the e-tron GT will get a sports steering wheel, aluminium pedals and sports seats, as effectively as a host of creature comforts, these kinds of as automated local weather handle, heated seats and customisable lights. 

The automobile can even recall the cabin choices of up to 6 end users, instantly changing the seats and heating when a particular driver profile is chosen. The dashboard is dominated by a 12.three-inch screen for the instruments and a ten.one-inch infotainment touchscreen. The method can also be upgraded with an optional head-up screen, and customers can handle the car’s features working with the buttons on the steering wheel, the touchscreen or by working with voice recognition.

The e-tron GT’s cabin can be trimmed in a vary of eco-pleasant upholsteries, which includes Dinamica and Kaskade. The previous mimics the texture of Alcantara, though the latter feels like wool, and the two are designed from recycled supplies, these kinds of as plastic bottles and repurposed textile offcuts.

The optional RS inside style deal adds microfibre trim for the dashboard and contrasting stitching for the steering wheel and centre console. Purchasers can also decide on from a vary of dashboard finishes, which includes open up-pore walnut wooden and carbon fibre. At the rear of the 5-seat cabin is a boot with a capability of 405 litres. 

Audi also presents an optional ‘Park’ upgrade, which adds a 360-degree digicam and remote parking help. The latter method permits the driver to exit the auto before the automobile parks itself, delivering they supervise it using Audi’s focused smartphone application.

In addition, there are a couple of upgrade deals for e-tron GT. Vorsprung specification, which is priced from £106,000 and available only on the e-tron GT quattro, adds Audi laser light LED headlamps, sound insulating glass, air suspension, a Bang & Olufsen sound method and a pair of eighteen-way adjustable sports seats with a massage purpose.

The more potent RS e-tron GT design is offered in a even more specification named Carbon Black, with selling prices beginning from £124,540. It swaps the typical car’s roof panel, doorway mirror caps and exterior trim for carbon fibre replacements. A Carbon Vorsprung edition of the RS e-tron GT is the vary-topper, combining the style tweaks of the Carbon Black version with the tech upgrades of the Vorsprung, and is priced from £133,340. 

Q&A with Markus Duesmann

Chairman of the Board, Audi

Markus Duesmann

Q: What does the e-tron GT do much better than the Taycan?

A: “We supply a various character – it is more of a gran turismo automobile, so not as sporty as the Porsche, which is intentional – it fits the Audi consumer much better. You can make a decision which style you like more – it is quite subjective.”

Q: How is Audi switching?

A: “Design is even now quite critical for our consumers, but we have made the decision to provide Audi technologies-intelligent into the guide – which is our final decision. Which is why we push so hard on new systems and why we have established up Artemis [Audi’s hello-tech flagship EV challenge]. We are robust in hardware, but on program we have to catch up, and we will.”

Q: What can we expect from Artemis?

A: “Artemis will be a battery electric powered automobile with thoroughly new electronics and features for level four autonomous driving. I don’t know if we will connect with it e-tron, most likely sure. Artemis will be a major automobile, but we will use the technologies for all cars and trucks from VW Group in stripped-down versions in various segments. We want to start the automobile in 2024.”

Q: Will the e-tron name even now use to all electrified Audis?

A: “The e-tron brand name will be applied for BEV only in potential – for hybrid types we will just use ‘e’ [suffix].”

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