It is the first fully electric Audi produced in Germany, features its own unique e-sound.
A the end of this year, the Gran Turismo will start rolling off the assembly line at Audi Böllinger Höfe at the Neckarsulm site.
Audi has expanded and upgraded that small-series production facility to convert it for its new role. It combines high tech (new virtual methods) and craftsmanship.
The Audi R8 is also built there. A high-performance RS model will debut alongside the e-tron GT.
Audi uses ultra-high-strength steel and aluminum to construct large areas of the e-tron Gran Turismo’s body.
There are two electric motors making 590 hp under the hood of the electric vehicle. Its complex cooling system allows the battery to hit repeated runs without compromising acceleration.
Power is transferred to four wheels through Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The standard e-tron GT accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
The Gran Turismo’s highlight is its own e-sound. The Audi e-tron GT has a statutory acoustic vehicle alerting system (AVAS), as other EVs, but with a wider acoustic spectrum.
A front-fitted loudspeaker emits the AVAS sound. The optional sound package offers a large loudspeaker in the rear. Besides, there is a pair of loudspeakers inside.
Two control units continuously remix the e-tron GT sound based on speed or accelerator position. Drivers can set the sound experience thanks to Audi’s drive select system.
The Audi e-tron GT should arrive in the USA sometime in 2021, with a starting price around $100,000.