Audi e-tron Sportback Four-Door Gran Turismo Concept Stuns Crowds at the Auto Shanghai

Audi is always pushing the envelope and innovating at the edge, and recently at the Auto Shanghai auto show, one such innovation was on display front and center: the Audi e-tron Sportback Concept vehicle, a four-door Gran Turismo style all-electric concept. Innovation on the inside comes from the powertrain, but the design language—while still undeniably Audi—is pretty futuristic, too.

 

 

The Audi e-tron Sportback is all-electric, but still all-Audi. It offers an incredible drive, with one electric motor powering the front axle and two powering the rear, sending power to all four wheels for Audi quattro® all-wheel drive. With a top power of 370-kilowatts when Boost mode is engaged, the Audi e-tron Sportback has a sprint speed from 0 -62.1 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds. This drivetrain is expected to underpin other electric vehicles from Audi in the future.

The Audi e-tron Sportback marks a directional shift for Audi, a signpost along the path to electric mobility. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, confirmed: “Our Audi e-tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first electric car in its competitive field that is fit for everyday use. With a range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) and the special electric driving experience, we will make this sporty SUV the must-have product of the next decade. Following close on its heels, in 2019, comes the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback – an emotional coupe version that is thrillingly identifiable as an electric car at the very first glance.”—from an April 18, 2017 Audi Press Release

We still have a bit of time to wait for this stunner to reach the production floor, with production expected to begin in 2019. If you don’t have the kind of patience and you’re in need of a luxury ride in the here and now, the current Audi lineup holds many wonderful cars, crossovers, and SUVs that will get your motor going.

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