Reports have been popping up all over the internet that a trademark filing shows the e-tron GT in production guise. But, they’re more than likely to simply more images of the concept that we’ve already seen at the LA Auto Show.
The images, first published by e-tronforum.com,show 3D, black and white renderings of an e-tron GT filed with the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (CSIPO). The forum claims that these are of the production version, which Audi has promised will hit the streets by 2021.
Unfortunately, since these images show a car unendowed with door handles, they are unlikely to be of a production car. Further, the application was filed with the CSIPO in January of this year and it references a European filing from October 2018.
That filing would have been made just before the LA Auto Show, where the e-tron GT concept debuted. Since the concept starred in Avengers: Endgame, it’s also likely that Audi wanted to square away the car’s international rights before it was featured in the most widely seen movie of all time in April.
While this is unlikely to be exactly what the production version of the e-tron GT looks like, Audi has promised that something looking a lot like this will arrive someday. And there’s reason to believe them.
That’s roughly the same line Volkswagen has been pulling with its EVs, and as it pulls more and more layers of camo off the ID.3, the car has maintained striking fidelity to its concept–but with, you know, door handles and junk.
Meanwhile and in case you’ve forgotten, the e-tron GT is a 590 hp AWD, twin-motor EV that gets to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 150 mph. It’s good for a range of about 400 km and can extend its range by up to 30% thanks to its sophisticated regenerative braking technology.
additional reporting by Dennis Chung