Audi is launching 3 new all-electric vehicles in a relatively short period of time and the third one is particularly interesting because it is based on the Porsche Taycan.
The German automaker has now released new images of the vehicle, named e-tron GT, ahead of its launch this week.
The e-tron electric SUV and the Sportsback are the first two next-gen all-electric vehicles that Audi is releasing based on the new electric platform that they developed.
But earlier this year, the company also confirmed that they partnered with Porsche, another premium brand under the Volkswagen Group, to build a third all-electric vehicle based on the Taycan platform.
Not much is known about the car beyond that.
Audi described it when first announcing the project:
“The four-door prototype Audi e-tron GT concept interprets sportiness in a new, progressive way. With its fascinating design and a purely electric drive, it leads our Audi Sport performance brand confidently into the future. The sporty four-seater will be manufactured at Böllinger Höfe near Neckarsulm as of 2020. It proves that high performance and electromobility do not have to be mutually exclusive.”
Now they are ready to unveil the vehicle at the LA Auto Show this week and they released a teaser giving us our best look at the car yet:
— AUDI AG (@Audi_Press) November 25, 2018
It’s a lot of blurry images, but it gives us a pretty good idea of the shape and lines of the vehicle:
As we previously reported, Porsche and Audi greenlighted a cooperation on a shared architecture for electric and autonomous vehicles.
That said, the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) that they are developing is not expected to be ready until 2020 or 2021.
Therefore, it has nothing to do with them working together on the Audi Sport e-tron GT.
Instead, Audi will benefit from Porsche’s work on the electric powertrain that they developed for the Taycan, formerly known as the Mission E.
Based on what Porsche released about the concept vehicle, it is equipped with a powertrain that can generate a combined power output of over 600 hp (440 kW) between two electric motors.
As for the battery pack, they are aiming for it to enable “over 500 kilometers” (310 miles) of range on a single charge.
Of course, it is also expected to be the first 800-volt battery system that will enable up to 350 kW charging in a production passenger car.
The Audi e-tron GT is expected to have very similar specs, but we will know for sure in just a few days.
We will be at the LA Auto show for the world premiere on Wednesday and we will report back.