Audi to launch Tesla rivalling e-tron GT

Audi E Tron GT Prototype Teaser

With more than 20 new launches in 2018, Audi plans to manage what it's calling the "biggest model initiative in its history". We intend to play a leading role in the tremendous upheaval facing our industry. We've all seen the performance potential of electric vehicles, with cars like the Tesla Model S breaking 0-60 miles per hour records, so something fast, sleek and entirely electric from Audi is very enticing.

Audi plans to invest 40 billion euros ($49 billion) over the next five years as the luxury-car brand expands its lineup and accelerates a shift into electric vehicles in a bid to regain lost ground against BMW and Mercedes-Benz. This has already allowed us to decide four additional new models and derivatives with an unchanged budget.

Audi has been busy promoting its first proper electric vehicle - the Audi e-tron quattro SUV - at Geneva this week, doing all it can to throw a bit of shade at the new Jaguar i-Pace. For the electric mobility of tomorrow, the brand is collaborating closely with Porsche and Volkswagen. As a sporty spearhead, the premium manufacturer announced at its annual press conference a highly dynamic, four-door Gran Turismo with purely electric drive. One of the 20 electrified models introduced by 2025 will be an E-Tron GT version that will be produced alongside the E-Tron crossover we've seen up to now. Production will start early in the coming decade at the Bollinger Hofe site near Neckarsulm.

Audi Q8 Concept Front Right Quarter
Audi plans to officially unveil the Q8 SUV sometime this year

The first electric auto from VW Group's premium brand will be the 2019 Audi e-tron electric crossover utility vehicle, to be launched later this year and in dealers before December 31.

The Audi chairman confirms the e-Tron Quattro will be revealed at an event at the company's factory in Brussels, Belgium, where it will be produced, in mid-2018. That means that while Audi Sport's e-tron GT might share the Mission E platform, it could use different drivetrain components.

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