The Audi e-tron GT, the brand’s first electric sedan, will be officially launched in the near future. To prepare for this model, Audi had to revamp the production line of the R8, where the sedan will be assembled and teased some of the details of this electric vehicle.
When it goes on sale, it will be the company’s first electric vehicle to be assembled in Germany (the e-tron electric SUV is assembled in Belgium), on the Bollinger Hofe line in Neckarsulm later this year. This assembly line used to handle only one model, the R8, and to accommodate the needs of a larger volume production vehicle, it has been upgraded.
Audi’s newly refurbished line in Neckarsulm will feature the smartest electronics and technology on the market. To complete an e-tron GT, Audi costs 36 assembly stations instead of just 16 assembly stations like the R8 super sports car. Each car will be moved from one station to another by unmanned electric trams on the track on the floor. After completing the assembly process, the e-tron GT will be tested for 40 km including highways and urban roads to ensure they operate smoothly and meet the standards and capabilities. operation that the company introduced to the customer.
“With the presence of both the Audi R8 and the Audi e-tron GT, it’s a unique combination of assembly capabilities and smart technologies to bring these cars to the world at the Bollinger Hofe”, Head of production, Mr. Wolfgang Schanz said. “I’m especially proud of the passion and spirit of my team.”
As an electric car, the Audi e-tron GT will not get the same thrill when it comes to the throttle as traditional motor cars. Along with that, regulations in major markets that required electric cars to make a sound to ensure safety for people around had prompted Audi engineers to develop their own sound. The German automaker calls this system AVAS – Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System with standard equipment including a speaker located at the front of the car. When ordering with the upgraded audio package, customers will get an additional speaker in the rear as well as in the cockpit for a more realistic sound. The sound will be fine-tuned by two controls located in the trunk, giving 32 different sound patterns depending on the selected driving style and driving mode.
Through the latest images released by Audi, it can be seen that this sports sedan will have a fastback design and will most likely share the same platform with Porsche Taycan. In the front, the front of the car owns two large air cavities, placed under the slim headlights. Moving on to the rear, we can easily see that the connected rear lights have a design quite similar to the new Audi e-tron or A7. The charging port position is located just behind the front wheel, similar to Taycan. There are still no images of the cockpit of the car.
The Audi e-tron GT will be launched in the near future and will begin production by the end of 2020 before being delivered to customers early next year.
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