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2021 Audi e-tron GT: First Look

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author photo by Russ Heaps November 2018
  • Scheduled to go on sale late in 2020 as a 2021 model.

  • No pricing announced, but the e-tron SUV to start around $75,000.

  • Fully electric with an estimated range of 248 miles.

  • 0-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds.

Presented as a concept at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, the fully electric 2021 Audi e-tron GT represents what Audi is calling its future of electric performance. Indeed, it is the first of Audi's fully electric vehicles from Audi Sport, the brand's performance subsidiary.

What Are Its Performance Creds?

It's flat-floor architecture allows for this 4-door coupe to be low and sleek. Its head-turning styling highlights its performance mission. It's a Tesla fighter to be sure. A collaboration with Porsche produced the electric-drive technology that includes separate electric motors mounted on each axle, conspiring to generate 590 horsepower. Torque remains a mystery.

The 2021 e-tron GT has standard all-wheel drive (AWD), which in Audi speak is quattro. Because the electric motors work independently, the electronic control system coordinates drive between the axles, as well as between left and right wheels. That means optimum traction and just the desired amount of slip. Audi claims a sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. Audi will limit the top speed to 149 mph to maximize range, which it says can be as much as 248 miles. Enhancing the GT's low center of gravity, the flat lithium-ion battery covers the under-floor area between the axles. Recharging the battery to 80 percent of capacity requires just 20 minutes when plugged in or overnight when using the GT's wireless system.

What Else?

All-wheel steering ensures the 2021 Audi e-tron GT is nimble and precise in its handling. Its 22-in wheels are wrapped in 285/30 size rubber. A carbon roof and lots of aluminum bits and pieces hold down the GT's weight. LED headlights with laser high beams light the way.

Keeping It Sustainable

Don't let the carpet constructed from fishing nets worry you. It's just part of Audi's commitment to sustainability. Audi calls it a vegan interior. The performance seats are covered in synthetic leather materials made from recycled fibers cover most surfaces. Since there's no engine, both the trunk and vacant engine compartment accommodate cargo.

Wrapping It Up

The 2021 Audi e-tron GT is everything you could want in a Grand Turismo coupe. It's fast, seats four comfortably and holds enough luggage for two couples to head to the Hamptons.

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