Production Audi e-tron GT Leaks Early

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If you want to see the production version, just look at the concept.

Tesla’s efforts to fast-forward the advent of the electric car cannot be understated, and one of the methods the automaker used to get customers to buy electric cars in the first place was to make them look good. It sounds like a no-brainer, but no company had really done that until Tesla came along. That’s when the design pens started flying.

Eventually, Porsche hit the reveal stage with what we now know as the Taycan while Audi responded with the e-tron GT. And just how Porsche will keep the Taycan as close to the Mission-E Concept as possible, we now have evidence that the production version of the e-tron GT will hardly stray from its own concept. That evidence comes in the form of patent images submitted to CSIPO, the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office, and found by e-tron Forum.

While the images depict the Chinese market e-tron GT, it’s very likely that the car will land in North America in the same form. In the pictures we see the same front end as the concept, including the lowered hood and cab-forward design indicative of no internal combustion engine, a three-layer grille with what looks to be an intake on the top and bottom and fake mesh in the middle, and thin headlights, which sit above dual air intakes on the side, themselves flanking three stripes on each side of the car’s chin.

The side features high arches that can accommodate large wheels, while the back ends with a fastback-style rear end.

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The e-tron GT Concept’s curiosities also make it to these patent images, like the two charging ports, one behind each front wheel, and the opening for the back doors of the "four-door coupe” residing in the center of the rear wheel arches. We can forgive these oddities in large part to the e-tron GT’s proposed specs. These include an 800-volt battery system that can charge from 0-80% in just 20 minutes, wireless charging compatibility, a battery larger than 90 kWh offering over 250 miles of range, torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive offered through a dual motor setup, and a total system output of 590 horsepower, enabling 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and 0-120 mph in 12 seconds.

We’ll have to wait until the end of this year to see the production version come to light, but if these patent images hold true, then we may only have to look at the concept to see what’s coming.

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