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Audi e-tron GT teased as Tesla S rival

Audi e-tron GT teased as Tesla S rival”

"We interpret sportiness very progressively with our fully electric e-Tron GT, and this is how we will take our high-performance brand Audi Sport into the future", Stadler says while revealing an image of the new Audi model on a video wall.

Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG said, "In 2017, we demonstrated entrepreneurial strength and above all formulated a determined master plan for the coming years".

Production on the E-Tron GT will begin early next decade at Audi's Böllinger Höfe facility near Neckarsulm, Germany.

This Audi e-tron GT will be built on the same EV platform as the Porsche Mission E, called the J1 platform, something that Stadler claims significantly reduces cost.

Now, the Germans are teasing their plans for further electric cars aimed at Tesla, with the Audi Sport e-tron GT the latest to be announced. As a sporty spearhead, the premium manufacturer announced at its annual press conference a highly dynamic, four-door Gran Turismo with purely electric drive.

The Audi factory at Neckarsulm
The new Audi Prototype e-tron GT shown in this shadowy teaser The Audi factory at Neckarsulm

Confirmation from Audi Sport via its Twitter that the e-tron GT is set to see production in 2020 places it one year ahead of the first planned model to use the PPE platform.

INGOLSTADT, Germany, March 15 (Reuters) - Audi said it is bracing for a hard year on Thursday as the effects of its biggest-ever model overhaul and the emissions scandal keep Volkswagen's main earner from catching up with German rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW. An E-Tron Sportback is due next year and will also make Brussels its home for production. For comparison, the newly revealed Jaguar I-Pace all-electric crossover starts at €77,850 in Europe and is priced from $69,500 in the United States.

First came the Tesla Model S, followed by the Model X.

The model overhaul, also introducing the new Q8 SUV, is expected to have a "sustained positive impact" on deliveries and earnings from 2019, Audi said.

With stable-mate Porsche backing up Audi in a new joint EV venture, the Stuttgart automaker will launch 20 electrified models by 2025, with more than half being fully electric vehicles. Once it arrives, the GT will be Audi's e-tron flagship vehicle.

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