Loving concept cars means accepting that the bulk of the vision you’ve fallen in love with will be compromised – often significantly – when the design makes it into production. Nonetheless, Audi has retained a considerable percentage of its show car DNA in the past, something that Audi head of design Marc Lichte has delivered again with the Audi e-tron GT 2021, a vehicle that was presented in the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018.
Lichte described the original expression of the Audi e-tron GT as “the most beautiful car I have ever drawn”. Now, two years later, that confident exploration of shape has arrived as an all-electric Gran Turismo with many details that turned the original show car into a vibrant design that was largely unharmed by the machining process: the same chiseled low posture with a honeycomb grill agape front, Complemented by short overhangs and a long wheelbase, it slides elegantly onto a tapering rear that is reminiscent of the TT and R8 models from Audi.
Good design arises when a product is aesthetic and functional at the same time and becomes part of a seamless overall experience. The basis for aesthetics lies in the proportions: short overhangs and a long wheelbase as well as a slim cabin on a strong body. The e-tron GT combines all of this.
– Marc Lichte, Head of Audi Design
The electric sedan’s aggressive aerodynamic design isn’t just bark and not a bite. In fact, drivers may have to bite their lips when they activate all of the 582 horsepower powered by an electric motor on each axle. The 2021 e-tron GT is good for a 0-60 in 3.5 seconds; A powerful RS e-tron GT variant with 637 hp, which will be launched on the market at the end of 2021, promises to propel drivers even faster with speeds under 3.5 seconds.
To improve performance and efficiency, Audi has equipped the e-tron GT with a light, high-strength, five-layer, carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof – a first for an Audi.
Only time will tell if Audi’s Halo model and its mix of power, power, and range will electrify shoppers in a rapidly crowded field of post-gasoline models vying for drivers looking for the next bigger on four wheels . The Audi e-tron GT is possibly the perfect mixture, in which all attributes are combined into something special. Or as the car manufacturers call it, a “sporty and technological spearhead of their electric offensive”.