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Audi has finally unveiled their electric 4 door sedan that will rival Porsche's Taycan. It will be building upon the same platform, with an 800 volt system and Audi has estimated its power output to be around 582hp. They didn't give any specifics in relation to price or range, but we will learn more details as its 2020 production date grows closer. Looks fantastic imo.
 

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Finally something that has no obligation to feel refined or driver focused in the way any Porsche has to, I always felt that held back some Porsche models.
 

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That is one sleek looking concept, and a good step forward for Audi's design. Some of the articles going around suggest a 248 mile range, but I'd wait until we get something official from Audi themselves.
 

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Interesting that a vehicle based upon the same platform has been rated at a lower range. I wonder if these specs are similar to what we can expect from the base model Taycan. 250 miles does seem to be the new standard for Ev's.
 

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Until we get a confirmation on the E-Trons price point and the hierarchy structure of the Taycan, we don't really know how they'll compare. The estimated specs still make it more than practical as a daily driver.
 

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Audi isn't going to have their flagship R8 in the lineup after next year either, so odds are we could see an electric model replacing it. There were rumors of an R6 for years, but it doesn't look like Audi has any interest in producing it.
 

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All high end performance models seem to be transition to hybrid/electric powerplants, even though the NSX hasn't really seen all that much interest. Acura is going to have to make some improvements to that platform if they hope to stay competitive.
 

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The hybrid setup that Acura has been using in their flagship model hasn't really done all that much to improve efficiency. But it that really something that someone in the market for a high performance car cares about?
 

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Once these move to the used market, sure, but definitely not with people owning these from new. Keeping the EPA happy is a challenge though.
 

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A usable pure electric range could be a huge motivator for purchase. This would basically allow owners to run their super cars for free within city limits.
 

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This new report sheds more light on what to expect from the E-Tron GT and more on Audi's electric line up.

The biggest takeaway is how similar its platform will be to the MEB

The platform has been designed with a rear-mounted motor as standard, with the possibility to add a second electric motor on the front axle offering all-wheel drive. The architecture can also accept systems such as torque vectoring and all-wheel steering that don’t feature on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, on which Audi is also developing models.

Audi hasn’t given performance details of the new PPE platform, but says it is “generally similar to that of the MEB”.

The new four-door coupé previewed by the firm is roughly A4-sized, with styling similar to the swooping A7 Sportback, and a front grille and bumper design that echoes the E-tron GT.

Audi wouldn’t confirm that it would reach production in this form with the PPE platform, though designer Parys Cybulski said the brief was for it to be a “statement”.

He added that the model was still in the early design stages, and that it “could be the most important car on this platform”, because it would help show the direction future models could take.

The company said PPE cars would start to be produced from early in the next decade with the Sportback model set to be a showcase for the architecture, which has been developed to cover the “upper medium-size class to the luxury class”. It will be used as the basis for crossovers, SUVs, Sportback models and estates. That suggests it will eventually be used for EV equivalents of higher-level models such as the A6 Avant, A7 Sportback, A8, Q7 and Q8.

The PPE models will be joined by cars built on three other EV platforms. The already launched E-tron uses a modified version of the MLB Evo platform. An E-tron Sportback will be launched soon, and Audi has hinted a third variant could follow, although they were tight-lipped on what form it would take.

The forthcoming E-tron GT will be a sister car to the Porsche Taycan, using that firm’s J1 architecture designed for high-performance models.

Audi will also develop high-volume models on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, which is also being used by VW, Seat and Skoda. Audi’s first MEB model, due in 2020, will be the Q4 E-tron.
 
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