Audi Sport's e-tron GT will be based on Porsche's Mission E

Audi e-tron Gran Turismo- teaser

We intend to play a leading role in the tremendous upheaval facing our industry.

Stadler says the new zero-emission Audi model will line-up alongside the e-tron quattro SUV unveiled in prototype form wearing light disguise at the recent Geneva motor show as well a production version of the e-tron Sportback (pictured below) first revealed in concept auto form at the 2017 Shanghai motor show.

Seitz said, "We are implementing our program of measures quickly and systematically, we are becoming more efficient and we are investing freed-up resources in new, profitable growth".

Other titbits from Audi's press conference included the revelations that 2017 was a "very challenging year" for the company as it continued to deal with the fallout of dieselgate, while the switch to the new WLTP fuel economy test also proved "extremely challenging". The new flagship model Q8 will hit showrooms this year.

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Audi has not revealed anything else, so it remains to be seen how the e-tron GT will turn out and whether it will be a worthy rival to the Tesla Model S. For the electric mobility of tomorrow, the brand is collaborating closely with Porsche and Volkswagen. One of the largest changes that is nearing release is the e-tron, Audi's newest electric SUV that it plans on launching in the near future. Production will start early in the coming decade at the Bollinger Hofe site near Neckarsulm.

Audi will also present new products in six of its core model series and successively start their production.

Perhaps what's most interesting about Audi's conversion to the electric cause is a focus on what will be special "Audi Sport" performance models. Previewed at the Geneva Motor Show, the new electric SUV will be compatible with 150kW fast chargers, "making it ready for long-distance use again in less than half an hour". Audi will stage the world premiere of the battery-electric vehicle this summer in Brussels.

Audi hasn't delivered any detail on the e-tron GT, beyond a single photo, but it's not too much of a stretch to expect it to be closely related to the Porsche Mission E, which could mean a range of power levels up to and beyond 600bhp.

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