Audi E-Tron Sedan to Rival Tesla Model S P100D

Audi has confirmed an interesting fact about its upcoming E-Tron GT sedan. The company says the sedan will be more performance-focused than the E-Tron SUV.

In an interview with Autocar, the automaker’s Head of Development for Electric Drives, Siegfried Pint said that the E-Tron GT sedan is being planned with acceleration speed in mind, especially to match the likes of the Tesla Model S P100D.

The sedan’s performance will be raised to that expected level. But it will reportedly also be designed to be as effiient as the E-Tron SUV, which offers a 248-mile range.

For Audi to reach the speed target, it has to give the E-Tron GT sedan the capability to hit 60 mph in no more than 2.5 seconds, which would make it one of the quickest cars in the German’s lineup. Such an achievement, however, could upset the owners of the R8 sports car. As a comparison, the E-Tron SUV can run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.

Pint didn’t explain exactly how the E-Tron GT sedan will be able to get the high performance. One thing for sure is that it will require bigger and more potent motors. Previously, Audi’s head of technical development, Ulrich Widmann said that the new sedan will also get some Porsche genes injected into it, which will most likely contribute to raising its performance.

Just like the Porsche Taycan, the E-Tron GT sedan will ride on the J1 platform, which has the potential to give it performance like that of the top-of-the-line Tesla Model S. According to Audi, the new sedan will have its batteries sitting lower in the floor than other E-Trons.

It’s also worth noting that the vehicle will be the company’s first model to support 350 kW fast charging, meaning that it will take just 12 minutes to charge to 80 percent.

If you want to see the Audi E-Tron GT sedan with much more clarity, be patient to wait until the end of next month. It will appear at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in the form of a concept.

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