Following the Audi prologue design study, which offered a preview of the design language of the subsequent full-size class models as a show car in 2014, the e-tron GT constitutes the next evolutionary stage of the Audi design language. As a gran turismo, it fascinates with its sculptural design. What applies for the current full-size class models applies here, too: Proportions are the foundation of good design. In other words: a long wheelbase, wide track, large wheels, and a flat silhouette. The e-tron GT has precisely these ideal proportions. Its design language is the starting point for the design of future electric models from Audi – they will have a significantly more flowing exterior design than today’s models. As is always the case at Audi, the design is not an end in itself but rather the connection between form and function: In line with electric mobility, the design of the e-tron GT,enables sophisticated aerodynamics – aesthetics thus also arise from efficiency. The e-tron GT deliberately adopts established design elements of the e-tron, the first electric car from Audi, and refines them in a targeted manner. These elements include the strongly modeled insert above the door sill trims. It emphasizes the battery pack in the center of the vehicle as the car’s powerhouse.
The Audi e-tron GT - Electric, sporty and progressive
It is an Audi like there has never been one before: With the e-tron GT, the brand is showing how emotionally and fascinatingly it will shape the future of mobility. The all-electric Gran Turismo will go on pre-sale in February 2021 simultaneously with two models, the e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT. Both are powerful, fast and dynamic, and both drive with zero local emissions. The sum of these qualities creates a strong character that reinterprets the gran turismo idea. The exterior of the Audi e-tron GT is a dynamic work of art. Every surface and every line is coherent in itself - from the headlights, optionally with Audi laser light, to the large diffuser at the rear. Together, the details create a sculpture that has been shaped by the wind itself. The interior, too, corresponds to that of a classic Gran Turismo: the driver and front passenger sit sportily low, separated from each other by a wide center console, and the rear seats also offer enough space for adults. With its progressive elegance, the interior design emphasizes the character of the car. A Gran Turismo is a sporty touring car with high driving dynamics, a confident glider. The Audi e-tron GT also has this character. Depending on the model, its electric motors deliver 350 kW (476 hp) or 440 kW (598 hp) of power. This allows dynamic spurts - but just as important is the range of up to 487 kilometers (according to WLTP) that the battery with its 85 kWh net capacity makes possible. Its 800-volt technology allows fast DC charging with up to 270 kW of power.
Thanks to the new e-Hybrid propulsion system, Renegade and Compass offer a brand-new alternative in the two-wheel drive segment. Customers’ driving habits can remain unchanged, and they can enjoy a genuine hybrid experience with the possibility of going into full-electric mode during parking and low-speed driving thanks to the “EV capabilities”. Let’s take a closer look at how these functions work during everyday use. First off, once in the vehicle, it silently turns on and takes off in full electric mode thanks to its Silent Start function. However, this is just one of the “EV” functions that automatically turns on in the Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid. For example, Energy Recovery switches on by itself in order to get the energy back which was lost during the stages of deceleration or braking. In the former case, the e-Coasting mode activates as soon as you take your foot off the gas in order to reproduce the sensation of engine braking. On the other hand, the e-Braking function turns on when you brake in order to increase energy recovery. In the meantime, the energy recovered and power supplied are indicated on the instrument panel, and it is possible to view the hybrid system’s energy flow on the infotainment touchscreen. During all these driving modes the combustion engine is turned off and disconnected from the transmission.