Does the new Audi e-tron GT spell the death of the R8 Supercar?

Officianados of big, mid-engined supercars may not be so excited to hear the news about the new Audi e-tron supercar coupe announced this week. Launching in 2020 the e-tron GT will employ the 95kW/h lithium-ion battery pack, giving it a range of around 300 miles. Built and sold by the Audi Sport high audi e-tron coupeperformance brand it will be the third BEV model and heralds a new era.

Audi Chairman Stadler said this week-

“This highly emotive spearhead from Audi Sport is to be produced at our Böllinger Höfe plant near Neckarsulm as of 2020. This prototype gives you a preview of the world premiere in Brussels this summer.

 “It proves that electric drive can also deliver high performance. I am sure this very sporty four-door will certainly have many fans and customers. We will lead our high-performance brand Audi Sport into the electric future with models like this.”

It will be similar in size to the A8 flagship Audi, but is expected to cost even more and be considerably faster to 62mph. Stadler confirmed the e-tron GT would be the flagship of a full lineup of full BEV Audis, which will start from an electrified A3 e-tron and also include a full-sized SUV, even larger than the lead-out e-tron.

He also confirmed that the e-tron SUV (which is about where a Q6 Audi could be expected to fit in size) will cost €80,000 in Europe, or just over €2000 more than the Jaguar i-Pace and a huge undercut beneath the Tesla Model X.

“In some markets, demand for the e-tron has already started: Lots of customers have already reserved this SUV,” Stadler said.

“By 2025, we will have approximately 20 electrified models in our product offering across the entire portfolio. More than half of them will be fully electric; the others will be plug-in hybrids.

“Furthermore, we will equip all core model series at least with mild hybrids. We already offer cars with electrified drive systems in half of our core model series.”

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