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2021 Audi e-tron GT leaked

The Audi E-Tron GT has been leaked ahead of its production debut and it's stayed extremely faithful to the concept.

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William Stopford
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Audi’s Porsche Taycan cousin has been leaked ahead of its reveal this week.

Leaked photos of the production-spec Audi E-Tron GT have appeared on Cochespias.

The photos show a car that looks almost identical to the concept that debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show.

The full reveal is set for February 9 with production for the Europe and US set to begin mid-year.

The most noticeable changes are around the grille, where the lower panel that featured an E-Tron badge on the concept has been removed to make way for sensors for the car’s driver assist features.

The grille insert in the production-spec photos is finished in white, unlike the metal-look of the concept, though it still has a distinctive texture.

Otherwise, the details are largely unchanged, including the LED daytime running light signatures, the vertical air intakes, and the gloss material surrounding the headlights.

Down back, there’s a slight tweak to the rear bumper/diffuser that sees the concept’s E-Tron badge removed. Instead, a more conventional badge can be found on the tailgate.

Inside, the centre console now has cupholders while a pair of air vents sit at the base of the centre stack.

Some of the materials, such as the metal trim on the dashboard, have also changed for a less concept-chic appearance.

Underpinned by the same J1 platform used in the Porsche Taycan, the E-Tron GT will pack 475kW (440kW without overboost) of power and 830Nm of torque, good for a 100km/h sprint in less than 3.5 seconds.

Audi has also confirmed there’ll be a spicier RS version.

Like the Porsche, the E-Tron GT will feature a launch control system capable of repeated full-bore launches.

That makes it slightly less powerful than the Porsche Taycan Turbo and its 500kW powertrain, and down 20Nm of torque.

Under the skin is a 93.4kWh battery pack, the same size as the larger option in the Taycan.

Although Audi hasn’t revealed a range claim for the car, expect upwards of 400km based on the Taycan’s figures. There’s 270kW ultra-fast charging on public DC chargers.

The GT will tip the scales at 2300kg despite lightweight options such as a carbon fibre roof, though it will have 50:50 weight distribution.

Under the skin is a three-chamber air suspension system, similar to that of the Taycan, though the Audi will have a more languid tune in Comfort mode.

The E-Tron GT will also offer rear-wheel steering.

While Audi currently offers the E-Tron crossover, the E-Tron GT will be the first model from the Ingolstadt brand to be built on a dedicated electric vehicle platform.

The E-Tron uses a modified version of the Audi Q7’s MLB Evo platform.

Audi will also introduce a smaller Q4 E-Tron this year, based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric architecture.

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William Stopford
William Stopford

William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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