Order books will be opening soon.
Although it has yet to officially debut in production form, the all-new Audi e-tron GT will be arriving in dealerships in the not so distant future. How do we know this? Because the German automaker has just announced series production for the all-electric luxury performance sedan has begun at the Bollinger Hofe facility in Neckarsulm, Germany. Audi managed to get production started on time despite the many difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Audi has readied the e-tron GT - its most powerful EV to date - for series production in record time. This factory already manufactures the R8 supercar and hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Audi A6, A7, and A8, so adding the zero-emissions e-tron GT is a natural step forward. It was expanded and heavily upgraded last year specifically for the e-tron GT.
"With the Audi e-tron GT, we are producing the brand's first fully electric car to be built at a German production site and are thus taking another giant step toward the future," says plant manager Helmut Stettner. The entire production process is also net carbon neutral after the facility switched to eco-electricity earlier this year.
Audi is also recycling raw materials at the factory. One process is called "Aluminum Closed Loop" where excess aluminum produced for the e-tron GT's shoulders and wheel arches are returned to the supplier for recycling and will later be reused by Audi. Even polymer waste from A6 and A7 assembly is sorted and chopped up and then processed into special fibers.
Along with its eco-friendly production process, the e-tron GT is a seriously powerful performance machine. Zero to 60 mph will supposedly happen in 3.5 seconds. An 800-volt charging system will take about 20 minutes to get the 90-kWh battery up to an 80 percent charge. Audi also recently announced the even more extreme RS e-tron GT will have a dual motor setup with up to 640 horsepower - 29 ponies more than the R8 Performance.
Audi e-tron GT order books will open early next year immediately after its official global debut.