Audi has confirmed a direct rival for the Tesla Model S, and it’s just two years away. The e-tron GT will be a four-door sports coupe built at Audi’s Neckarsulm factory, which currently builds the A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 lines.
One of 20 planned electric cars Audi has pencilled into its plans pre-2025, it’s going to be “highly dynamic” according to a brief announcement that came as part of the company’s annual State of the Union-style press conference.
During the address, chairman Rupert Stadler said that ‘co-operation’ with Porsche (basically nicking its J1 EV platform) had lowered the potential development costs for such a car by hundreds of millions of Euros and made possible a much shorter production timescale that should see it hit showrooms in 2020.
In concept form, Porsche’s Mission E cars put out as much as 671bhp. That figure will come down a long way in the e-tron GT, but either the driving range will be increased or fewer batteries will be used in order to score a weight drop.