If the e-tron SUV has already started the new electric adventure at Audi, the GT represents a new stage. If the e-tron is produced in Brussels, the GT is assembled in the second largest German factory of Audi, in Neckarsulm, where a certain R8 is produced. Suffice to say that it will be the big gap for specialized workers, who have an asset: being able to "learn" the new assembly methods of the e-tron GT with a virtual reality headset and specific software.
Despite the abundance of robots in the factory (modified for the occasion), human intervention remains preponderant: whether in quality control, with this very simple tool (a gauge) to measure the gap between the parts bodywork, but also initially, for certain welds on the structure of the GT, which combines steel (floor), aluminum and carbon on the roof.
You may already know it, but manufacturers are only assemblers: they make a puzzle of parts supplied by specialized companies (equipment manufacturers). Obviously, the structure and other parts are Audi specific, but that's about it. The German manufacturer pointed out, during his conference, the complexity of the assembly of the R8 V10: if the methods change, the production of the e-tron GT, is not simpler. We asked Audi, and it turns out that the two cars have a similar number of parts. Astonishing, whereas electric mobility is supposed to simplify things in factories (ten times fewer parts in an electric motor compared to a heat engine on average).
The problem of the GT is to have a song at the height of the plumage and the ramage. It is recalled that the GT has 600 hp and first-rate performance. A kind of RS7 of the future which will have to try to make the usual Audi Sport customers forget the noise of the V8 4.0 biturbo in favor of a much more artificial slab. The manufacturer made us listen to the theme chosen for accelerations, and it must be said that it is rather successful … but far from the thrills of endangered thermal engines. So let's live with our time, and get used to these vocalizations, we will have to get used to it anyway.
From a technological point of view, Audi has implemented 4 major speakers on the GT: 2 on the outside, 2 on the inside. The engineers responsible for sound development have confirmed that the driver will be able to choose from 3 different themes. So why not imagine a correlation between the "Drive Mode" and the sound theme: a softer vocalization in comfort mode, and more aggressive and "punchy" in dynamic mode.
Audi has confirmed the arrival of the GT in the spring in all European dealerships. It will be relatively slow production, however, with a niche market placing it in an almost non-existent category, halfway between Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. We are therefore still waiting for Audi on more compact and "mainstream" electrics.