Audi has announced that it will start series production of the e-tron GT at the Böllinger Höfe site "in the next few days". The Ingolstadt company's most powerful electric model to date is to be built in the Neckarsulm plant, which is part of the Neckarsulm plant, in a balance sheet-neutral manner.
By the way, since the e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUV models are built in Brussels, the e-tron GT is the first electric Audi to be manufactured in Germany. In addition, in the Audi press release, plant manager Helmut Stettner emphasizes that series production is starting on schedule despite the Corona pandemic, which is " the result of bundled competencies and strong teamwork."
The development of the e-tron GT was also a team effort: The vehicle is based on the J1 platform of the Porsche Taycan. During a first test drive, however, we were already able to see for ourselves that there are also a lot of differences between the Audi and the Porsche. For example, Audi has clearly designed the e-tron GT as a gran turismo with a high level of travel comfort, while the Taycan repeatedly underlines its claims as a sports car - its own travel suitability notwithstanding.
Back to production at the facility located in Heilbronn but belonging to the nearby Neckarsulm plant: the on-time start despite the pandemic was also made possible because a lot of work had already been initiated or carried out in 2019. A separate, highly automated body shop was set up for the e-tron GT, while the R8 sports car, which is also built at Böllinger Höfe, will continue to be produced in small numbers in a kind of manufactory.