It looks almost exactly like the concept - not that we're complaining.
While Audi has been busy expanding its high-performance RS range with hot new models such as the RS6 Avant, RS Q8, and RS7, testing of the e-tron GT has reached a new stage as the electric sedan has been unleashed onto the Nurburgring to put it through its paces. This will be Audi's third fully electric model following the e-tron and e-tron Sportback.
Sadly, the two prototypes tearing up the 'Ring are still fully camouflaged, but we can see the design will share a lot in common with the sleek and sporty concept that debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. There are now traditional door handles, but the prototype's design looks almost exactly like the original concept.
The Audi e-tron GT will be based on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, so it will most likely share the same battery technology. A pair of electric motors mounted to the front and rear axles produced 590 horsepower in the e-tron GT concept, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds and top out at 149 mph.
As for the range, the concept was capable of lasting 248.5 miles on a single charge thanks to its 90-kWh lithium-ion battery, but this is based on Europe's WLTP cycle so the US EPA rating will likely be lower. There's a good chance the production model will be offered in multiple configurations like the Taycan.
For reference, the Taycan produces up to 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque in the entry-level 4S and up to 750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque in the range-topping Turbo S. Spy shots have also shown Porsche is developing a Cross Turismo wagon version of the Taycan, so we would love to see a shooting brake version of the e-tron GT join the lineup.
Originally, the Audi e-tron GT was expected to debut in spring 2020, but the global pandemic has delayed Audi's plans. Potentially, it could debut at the 2020 LA Auto Show in November, two years after the original e-tron GT concept was unveiled. Unlike other motor shows, the LA Auto Show is yet to be canceled. The production version of the e-tron GT is expected to go on sale late next year.