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Audi’s E-Tron GT is a Powerhouse Sport EV That Puts Tesla to Shame

by Danny Zepeda | November 29, 2018November 29, 2018 4:30 pm PST

Audi is coming for Tesla’s EV crown.

After teasing it earlier this week, Audi officially took the wraps off the E-Tron GT, an electric sports car that looks absolutely stunning. The announcement came at the LA Auto Show as the German car maker makes another strong pivot into the EV segment.

There’s no better way to make the important pivot than with the E-Tron GT. Borrowing inspiration of the 2019 A7 sedan, the E-Tron GT is based on the drivetrain of the equally as good-looking Porsche Taycan EV. It will be powered by a 90kWh battery pack with two electric motors to make 590 horsepower.

It’ll rev up from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds. Overall, it’ll have a range of 248 miles, which is solid but doesn’t quite match the mileage of Tesla.

The E-Tron GT will also come with fast charging of up to 800 volts. According to Audi, it will charge from zero to 80-percent in 20 minutes. To make that more convenient Audi included charging ports on both sides of the hood. As if that’s not sci-fi enough, the car is equipped with contactless inductive charging, which means you can wirelessly charge it.

The car Audi is showing off in still a concept—currently it’s missing door handles—but it still looks quite realistic. The interior in particular is something that could very well be available in an Audi right now.

Here comes the bad news: the E-Tron GT won’t be available until 2021 with pre-orders opening up in 2020. Audi did not reveal pricing, but I wouldn’t hold my breathe on it being remotely affordable.

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Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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