Audi e-tron GT electric "super sedan" to challenge Tesla Model S

Audi e-tron GT electric

With production expected to begin early next decade, the E-Tron GT will be the Audi Sport competitor to the high-performance Tesla Model S. The new E-Tron will be built at Audi's Bollinger Hofe facility near Neckarsulm, Germany, where the R8 supercar now resides.

"By 2019, we will probably have the youngest model portfolio in the premium segment", Chief Executive Rupert Stadler said.

Now, the Germans are teasing their plans for further electric cars aimed at Tesla, with the Audi Sport e-tron GT the latest to be announced.

"This highly emotive spearhead from Audi Sport is to be produced at our Böllinger Höfe plant near Neckarsulm as of 2020", says Stadler.

In a subsequent statement issued on Twitter, Audi Sport describes the darkened image as a "sneak peek into the electrified future of Audi Sport - the first draft of the prototype Audi e-Tron GT".

"The first models based on the PPE are planned for the end of 2021".

INGOLSTADT, Germany, March 15 (Reuters) - Audi said it is bracing for a hard year on Thursday as the effects of its biggest-ever model overhaul and the emissions scandal keep Volkswagen's main earner from catching up with German rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW. A model such as the diesel-electric plug-in Q7 e-tron might have to drop its existing badging in favor of some sort of new model code, but although Glaser admits something has to be done, he didn't make any suggestion as to what that will be.

The e-tron rides on an adaptation of Audi's MLB architecture for gasoline cars, called MLB-Evo, while the Porsche Mission E rides on a dedicated platform called P1. That price is slightly more than the recently launched Jaguar I-Pace crossover, which will start at 77,850 euros in Germany when it goes on sale in June. By comparison, the Telsa Model X is priced from €96,250 ($A152,000) in Germany. The company is planning to offer more than 20 such models by 2025.

The concept version of the e-tron quattro features three electric motors - one for the front axle and two for each rear wheel.

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