Audi to rival Tesla with upcoming electric four-door e-tron GT

Posted March 17, 2018

Audi intends for the E-Tron GT to become a crown jewel in its Audi Sport brand, and since it will be sharing a platform with Porsche's Mission E, sport seems like it will be a priority.

The German carmaker also repeated that they're going to launch their first-ever battery electric model later this year, which is none other than the e-Tron SUV.

This presages a production vehicle due to be built from 2020 alongside the Audi R8 supercar, chief executive Rupert Stadler confirmed.

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Audi said the e-tron GT, which will be produced at the firm's Neckarsulm factory, will be "highly dynamic" and shows the direction of the company's performance division. Further back, it hints at a vehicle with heavily structured sides, a high beltline and shallow glasshouse.

Audi will bring out its first fully electric series-produced vehicle later this year. According to Alexander Seitz, Member of the Board of Management for Finance, IT and Integrity said that Audi has implemented measures to work on four new models and derivatives with an unchanged budget.

Audi doesn't provide technical details of the e-Tron GT, though the new sedan is expected to share the J1 platform of the upcoming Porsche Mission E in a move aimed at achieving suitable economies of scale between the two Volkswagen Group companies. The automaker announced the new model at its annual press conference this week and released a sketch of a prototype version. At this year's Geneva, we saw the e-tron still wearing the camouflage.

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As part of its aggressive plan to make more electrified cars, Audi will launch a four-door E-Tron Gran Turismo in the next few years.

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. By comparison, the Telsa Model X is priced from €96,250 ($A152,000) in Germany.

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