Audi e-tron Prototype to Show off Towing Capabilities at Wörthersee Meet
And guess what's hitching a ride? The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept car.
Scenes of the all-electric SUV Audi e-tron prototype demonstrating its towing capabilities have been shared by the brand with the four rings. As a prelude to what's to happen at the 37th GTI Meet at Lake Wörthersee, which will be held May 9-12, Audi has released pictures of the sporty Audi e-tron prototype towing a trailer carrying the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo.
Originally, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept car was developed exclusively for virtual races on the PlayStation 4, but Audi is making the electric Formula E-inspired race car concept a reality. The Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo has been used as a race taxi for the electric racing series.
Unfortunately, Audi didn’t confirm the actual towing capacity of the SUV but is certainly something to look forward to, giving us the opportunity to compare it to its nearest competitor, the Tesla Model X which is claimed tow up to 5,000 pounds on 20-inch wheels and 3,500 pounds when configured with larger 22-inch wheels. The Audi e-tron quattro, although dimensionally challenged in comparison, is driven by three electric motors backed by a powerful 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack and is capable of DC fast-charging up to 150 kW, shortening the recharging time to 30 minutes. It is expected to be both quick off the blocks and have competitive hauling capabilities.
Audi has announced that the production vehicle based on the e-tron quattro prototype will be available later this year, with a starting price of $95,820 USD in Germany. And soon enough there will be more electric vehicles joining the e-tron quattro, as per Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management of Audi AG, who stated, “In 2020 we will have three all-electric vehicles in our product range, with a four-door Gran Turismo—the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback concept—and a model in the compact segment joining the sporty SUV. We will be launching more than 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2025—spread across all segments and concepts.”