New Gran Turismo Audi e-tron sportback concept

Audi unveiled an innovative electric concept car at Auto Shanghai recently.

Sporting Audi’s signature design and cutting-edge technology in the guise of a coupé, the four-door Gran Turismo Audi e-tron sportback concept comes with a 429BHP electric drive.

Audi says many of its classic elements combine with an array of trendsetting details, including a powerful yet emotive stance on the road, tailored to complement the technology and package of the electric drive.

The German carmaker claims the e-tron sportback represents an important milestone for Audi along the road to electric mobility.

Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management, AUDI AG, confirmed the Audi e-tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first electric car in its competitive field that is fit for everyday use.

"With a range of over 500 kilometres and the special electric driving experience, we will make this sporty SUV the must-have product of the next decade," he says. "Following close on its heels, in 2019, comes the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback – a striking coupé version that is thrillingly identifiable as an electric car at very first glance."

Audi say the e-tron Sportback uses a configuration that will also be adopted in future production Audi models with all-electric drive; one electric motor on the front axle and two on the rear power all four wheels, transforming the high-performance coupé into a quattro in typical Audi style.

Power of 429bhp which can even reach 496bhp in the boost mode, provides a fitting level of propulsion, with a sprint from zero to 100km/h achieved in just 4.5 seconds. With the battery’s energy content of 95 kilowatt-hours, its range is in excess of 500 kilometres (NEDC ).

Similar to the e-tron quattro concept, Audi’s e-tron sportback concept car incorporates a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, which is positioned between the axles below the passenger compartment. This installation position provides for a low centre of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution of 52:48 (front/rear ).

Audi says this gives the sporty SUV outstanding driving dynamics and driving safety compared with other vehicles in the segment. The battery can be charged by the ‘Combined Charging System’ with dual connections for alternating current (AC ) and direct current (DC ).

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