Audi has revealed a rival for the Tesla Model S, with the all-electric e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT hitting the UK this spring.
The grand tourer has an official range of more than 295 miles in e-tron GT quattro form and 280 miles for the performance version, which boast power of 476hp and 598hp respectively.
The range starts from just under £80,000, with the e-tron GT’s three trim levels beginning at just over £110,000, along with a best 0-62mph time of just 3.3 seconds, with the e-tron GT at 4.1 seconds.
The company described the new model as combining “breath-taking and instantly accessible accelerative force and zero local emissions with compellingly incisive handling, exceptional trans-continental cruising comfort and ultra-sophisticated infotainment and driver assistance technology”.
“Audi has signalled its intent to play a pivotal role in the evolution of sustainable mobility in the premium sector, and after opening our account with the e-tron SUV, which is notable as the best-selling German premium BEV globally, we are stepping up the pace again to further that aim,” says Andrew Doyle, director of Audi UK. “The new e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT are products of the same assiduous Vorsprung durch Technik approach to electrified driving, but embody it in a highly emotive and exciting new Grand Tourer format that exploits the technology’s incredible performance potential even more fully and will be invaluable as a means of hastening its wider acceptance.”
The e-tron GT comes with a 405-litre boot, and some models also add an 81-litre front trunk, while Audi describes the rear passengers as getting a “foot garage” beneath the front passenger seats thanks to a recess incorporated into the design of the battery pack. The driver gets a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit screen and 10.1-inch touchscreen system.
The Gt gets a 93kWh battery with charging capability of up to 270kW.