Spy photos (and video, near the bottom of this story) taken during winter testing in Europe show Audi has progressed to prototype vehicles with production-ready bodywork.
Although the swirly camouflage does a pretty good job of disguising the Audi E-Tron GT’s proportions, fortunately the concept car unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show provides a rather large clue as to what the final showroom version will look like (pictured below).
Audi is yet to release final technical details about the production version of the Audi E-Tron GT.
However, when it was unveiled, Audi said its sleek four-door coupe had a combined output of 434kW from its electric motors and a claimed 0 to 100kmh time in a supercar-quick 3.5 seconds.
Production is due to commence in late 2020, although that forecast was made before the coronavirus crisis slowed vehicle development and closed car factories.
Audi Australia is yet to formally confirm whether the E-Tron GT will be sold locally, however CarAdvice understands it is a likely starter given our appetite for high performance cars.
Australia is one of the top markets in the world for Audi performance cars, with a high uptake of S and RS models.
For example, the Audi RS3 accounts for almost a quarter of all Audi Q3 sales in Australia.
The Audi E-Tron GT promises supercar levels of performance with zero emissions, depending on where customers source their energy.
Car companies are often coy about shared components under the skin, but it appears Porsche is happy to allow Audi to highlight the links between the two cars.
Both Audi and Porsche are part of the giant Volkswagen Group, which also includes such brands as Skoda, Seat, Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti.
In a media statement issued in 2018, Audi said of the E-Tron GT: “The technology for this automobile was developed in close collaboration with Porsche. Design and character are packed full of unmistakable Audi DNA.”
Audi added that the lightweight body of the four-door coupe has a roof section made from carbon fibre, while the rest of the car incorporates “numerous aluminum components and supporting elements made from high-strength steel”.
Audi describes the E-Tron GT as being “flat, wide and with a long wheelbase” and revealed some of its key dimensions: 4.96 metres in length, 1.96 metres wide, and just 1.38 metres tall.
Production of the Audi E-Tron is due to commence in Europe at the end of 2020 with overseas showroom arrivals due in the first half of 2021. Australian deliveries are forecast in the second half of next year.
Prices are yet to be announced, but as a guide the Porsche Taycan twin is expected to cost from about $200,000.