Once you’re constructing an electrical supercar, who higher than Tony Stark to offer it that celebrity shine. “I’ve been having an extramarital affair with Audi for more than a decade now,” Robert Downey Jr jokingly quips on the unveil of the Audi GT Concept. Downey took the stage with legendary automotive designer Marc Lichte, to tug the wraps off a jaw-dropping automotive that, although dubbed a idea, is actually an astonishing 99-percent product prepared.
It’s no secret that Audi is in a longstanding love affair with Marvel Studios, too. The Audi R8 will eternally be entwined with Tony Stark, the billionaire genius and playboy philanthropist character portrayed to perfection by Robert Downey Jr.
Scorching on the heels of the brand new Audi e-tron SUV and Audi e-tron Sportback is the most recent electrical four-door coupe: the Audi e-tron GT. This is a high-performance all-electric GT that may tough it up with one of the best of the most effective absolutely electrical automobiles available on the market at the moment. “The Audi R8 became the superhero of our portfolio,” exterior designer specialist Parys Cybulski defined. “The new Audi e-tron GT Concept signifies the evolution of our product portfolio.”
And whereas the Audi e-tron GT is nonetheless in idea type at this time, there are lots of causes to lose sleep as you anticipate the manufacturing mannequin to reach in late 2020. For starters, the e-tron GT is the primary all-electric car developed by Audi Sport GmbH, the privately-owned high-performance subsidiary of the Audi model. The objective was to create a sporty and opulent electrical GT automotive that may race the graceful highways on the German Autobahn and past. Within the case of Robert Downey Jr., you possibly can anticipate seeing him whipping the e-tron GT round, preventing the dangerous guys within the subsequent Marvel Avengers film.
Preliminary camo photographs teased the basic proportions of a basic Gran Turismo. With the wrap off, the Audi e-tron GT Concept’s aerodynamic form, wider stance, and lengthy wheelbase are revealed. Audi says the automotive might be four.96-meters (16.three ft.) in size and 1.96-meters (6.four ft.) in width, which is eerily just like the 16.6 ft. size and 6.35-meter width of the present Porsche Panamera. In contrast to the Porsche Taycan, that automaker’s electrical sedan, although, the e-tron GT Concept has extra muscular wheel arches each entrance and rear.
Whereas Audi could also be working with Porsche in creating the power-packed tech within the e-tron GT, the design and character of the car will stay true to the Audi DNA. As anticipated from a high-performance GT sedan, the Audi e-tron GT has a gently sloping roofline. The sportback format is harking back to the Audi A7, though the e-tron GT idea sits two-inches decrease to the bottom than the A7. Actually, the Audi R8 solely sits a contact decrease than the e-tron GT, additional blurring the 2 automobiles’ classes. The cabin format is designed to taper strongly to the rear of the car, which Audi claims is the subsequent evolutionary stage of its general design language.
The outstanding shoulders dropping right down to the swollen wheel arches took almost 4 months to good, whereas the flat flooring suggests a decrease middle of gravity. To be able to obtain a decrease drag coefficient, Audi designers labored with their engineering counterparts to use all of the tips within the wind tunnel, to supply a glossy but shapely silhouette. The physique is outlined with broad strains and numerous practical parts to additional scale back drag. These air vents on the wheel arches usually are not only for present, for example: they really clean the airflow across the automotive. The identical goes for the strong rear diffuser, which helps to maintain the rear of the automotive planted at excessive velocity.
Giant air inlets within the entrance are designed to offer cooling to the battery and brakes. The hood is sculpted to permit the airflow to actually hug the physique because the automotive strikes ahead. The entrance of the e-tron GT is unmistakably an Audi, with the hallmark Audi Singleframe grille, however this time it has a extra horizontal structure to additional emphasize the broader stance of the four-door coupe.
Out within the again, it is onerous to not discover the sunshine strip that runs throughout the whole width within the rear of the e-tron GT. The sunshine strip will dissipate on the outer edges to spotlight the wedge-shaped LED lighting segments, which echo these fitted to the Audi e-tron SUV which can launch within the US subsequent yr.
Nonetheless, if the Audi e-tron GT needs to get observed within the realm of, ahem, ludicrous electrical automobiles – sure, Tesla Mannequin S, I’m taking a look at you – it must have a stonking energy output and ridiculous zero to 60 occasions. For that, the e-tron GT wields a pair of asynchronous electrical motors situated within the entrance and rear, collectively producing a mixed output of 590 horsepower. It’s sufficient to finish the dash from zero to 60 mph in a claimed three.5 seconds, with zero to 124 mph taking simply 12 seconds. Prime velocity is electronically restricted to 150 mph.
The torque of the dual electrical motors is routed digitally to the electrical quattro all-wheel drive, which we first noticed within the Audi e-tron SUV. There’s no mechanical linkage between the entrance and rear axles, and the system additionally makes use of torque vectoring to switch the suitable quantity of energy between the entrance and rear wheels. So as to spice issues up, the system can even coordinate the drive between the left and proper wheels to ship superior dealing with. The automotive additionally comes with all-wheel steering, promising to additional improve the dynamic agility and directional stability of the automotive.
Electrical energy is offered by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery. The ultra-flat battery pack is strategically situated in the complete underfloor space between the entrance and rear axles, serving to maintain the middle of gravity low. The battery offers sufficient juice to yield a most estimated vary of 248.5 miles or 400 kilometers in a single cost. Audi has reused its high-tech power recuperation system, which we additionally noticed first within the Audi e-tron SUV.
The system can recuperate energy by lifting the throttle pedal or by making use of the brakes. Stopping energy is achieved by the electrical motors and the traditional friction brakes, however the system chooses which between the 2 is most applicable in any given state of affairs. If the system decides to make use of the electrical motors as an alternative of the brake rotors to decelerate or cease the car, the system can recuperate energy and cost the batteries. On this state of affairs, the electrical motors are appearing as twin alternators to offer the juice.
The battery pack can be charged shortly courtesy of the built-in 800-volt charging system. This technique can recharge the battery to 80-percent capability in round 20 minutes, which is sufficient to ship a real-world driving vary of 198-miles (320-kilometers). The battery may also be charged with the Audi Wi-fi Charging system. It makes use of a charging pad put in within the flooring of your storage: you park the automotive over the charging pad, and its 11kW output will absolutely cost the batteries in your e-tron GT in a single day.
The inside gives sufficient room for 4 passengers. “It’s all about the width,” Enzo Rothfuss, head of Audi Inside Design, explains. “It was fun designing the interior of the e-tron GT. And since this car is basically an electric R8 with four seats, the interior layout feels like you’re sitting inside a sports car, but roomier.”
The sensation of immersive area begins with the bodily format of the dashboard. :We created the widest dashboard on the earth,” Rothfuss continued. Every thing feels wider and stretched out contained in the Audi e-tron GT. However on the similar time, you sit decrease than in a typical automotive, which truly feels such as you’re piloting a super-sedan model of the Audi R8 supercar. “Honestly, the interior and exterior design of the new Audi e-tron GT is 99-percent ready for production,” the designer concluded.
Because the Audi e-tron GT Concept is an all-electric car, you will have entry to 2 baggage compartments, too. Raise the hood to make use of three.5 cubic ft (100 liters) of cargo area; the rear baggage space gives sufficient area to load as much as 15.9 cubic ft (450 liters) value of cargo. Because it seems, the brand new Audi e-tron GT is not solely quick, roomy, silent, and cozy, it additionally occurs to be unexpectedly sensible as nicely.
We’re used to seeing idea automobiles preview obscure flights of design fancy at auto exhibits, however Audi is blunt about its manufacturing intentions for the e-tron GT Concept. In the meantime, anticipate a few of its aesthetic cues to be carried ahead into future Audi fashions throughout the board. One factor is clear, whereas this can be a superhero’s automotive first, it’s going to make a sizable splash as soon as it strikes off the film display and into dealerships.