World premiere Audi drives the new electric flagship e-tron GT: “Symbol of the dawn of a new era”

World premiere Audi drives the new electric flagship e-tron GT: “Symbol of the dawn of a new era”

World premiere Audi drives the new electric flagship e-tron GT:
The car is produced in Heilbronn.

World premiere for “the electric spearhead” from Audi: CEO presented the fully electric sports car e-tron GT for the first time on Tuesday at an online show.

Sales director Hildegard Wortmann said that this car was “a symbol of the dawn of a new era” – with sales of less than 10,000 units per year, “more of a niche product”, but “a beacon, an icon”, for the new start of the brand stand by the four rings.

The e-tron GT is a four-seat, four-door sports car that is based on the same electric sports car platform as the Porsche Taycan. The battery allows a range of up to 488 kilometers.

The battery can be charged to 80 percent in five hours at a 22 kW charging station; it takes 23 minutes at the Ionity fast charging points on the motorway. With 646 hp in the RS version, the car accelerates from zero to 100 km / h in 3.3 seconds.

The sports car is predestined for and well positioned in direct comparison to the Tesla Model S, said Wortmann. CEO Markus Duesmann had a clear motto in the Handelsblatt interview last week and said: We want to overtake Tesla. “

Audi expects half of the vehicles to be sold in the US. Great Britain and the EU are also major markets for the GT.

First electric Audi to be built in

The target group are middle-aged men with high incomes who own more than just one car. The e-tron GT is available from 100,000 euros, the RS from 138,000 euros. Sales start in May.

The first electric Audi, the SUV e-tron, is still based on the architecture of the conventional Q7. It was sold more than 47,000 times last year. Audi will launch the fully electric Q4 e-tron in the middle of the year. “That will be a volume driver,” said Wortmann.

After the e-tron from Brussels, the e-tron GT is the first electric Audi to be built in Germany: at the Böllinger Höfe sports car plant in Heilbronn, on the same line as the R8. The R8 emits a good 300 grams of CO2 over 100 kilometers. “We do not believe that they can cannibalize,” said Audi spokesman Christian Hartmann. The target groups are different, the e-tron GT is more suitable for everyday use than a four-seater with a large interior and 405 liter trunk.

The battery cells come from LG, the battery is built by the Bavarian supplier Dräxlmaier. From now on Audi wants to bring at least one new electric model onto the market every year and by the middle of the decade will deliver a third of all cars with electric drives. To this end, the VW subsidiary will invest around 15 billion euros by 2025.