If you have been watching their news feed closely, you will have seen the reveal of the bloody marvelous Audi e-tron GT. Filled with pre-recorded celebrity videos, like top bloke Tom Hardy, Stella McCartney, and Nico Rosberg, as well as a performance by Janelle Monae. However, Tom tuned in LIVE for a Q&A and then introduced the all-new Audi e-tron which was led by another performance by Monae. The car on stage was the RS version, and my God it looks nuts! It is the most powerful Audi built to date – it launches from zero to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. This vehicle is a fantastic balance of performance, efficiency, class, beauty, luxury, and on and on and on. This is the start of a new era, the gran turismo of the future. In my honest opinion, even though the Tesla Model S Plaid+ is quicker and gives more range, it doesn’t come close to the Audi. They most likely will be similarly priced in the region, so ask yourself which would you choose?
The exterior of the e-tron GT is a beautiful piece of art. If you could dream up of an Audi car that is fully electric, this would be it. The body line is extremely aerodynamic, and the drag coefficient is just 0.24. The interior also corresponds to that of a classic gran turismo: The driver and front passenger seats are installed in a sporty low position and separated by a wide center console, and the rear seats provide sufficient space even for adults. The luxurious and classy interior matches the car’s character perfectly.
Depending on the model, its electric motors output 350 kW or 440 kW, thereby allowing dynamic bursts. The range of up to 487 kilometers is all thanks to the battery that has a net capacity of 85 kWh. Its 800-volt technology enables fast DC charging with an output of up to 270 kW.
The suspension is also based in the balance of dynamism and comfort, thanks to technologies such as Audi drive select, all-wheel steering, controlled damping, three-chamber air suspension, electric all-wheel drive, and the rear-axle differential lock. The car’s massive 21 inches just give it the meanest look and provide a window to the brake disks – which are also available in carbon-fiber ceramic as an option.
Like all Audi models, the e-tron GT it is well connected. The infotainment, the online services from Audi connect, and the assist systems are next to none. Here’s a kicker, Audi composed a unique sound for the e-tron GT. Yep, that stunt was not just a stunt, the normally silent EV has sound. Sorry e-tron Sportback, but Audi’s need that sound.
Here’s the car broken down:
Exterior design, aerodynamics, and body
- Gran turismo design further developed under the flag of electric mobility: Sportiness and comfort meet sustainability
- Sporty proportions: large wheels, wide track, flat silhouette, long wheelbase
- Flowing design language as the new design feature: Aesthetics arise from efficiency
- Sculptural design: a low inverted Single frame grille in vehicle color; highly distinctive quattro blisters; a flat greenhouse with a sloping roof line; rear end with extreme indentations
- Low drag coefficient of just 0.24 enables high efficiency and a long range; active aerodynamics with switchable air inlets for brakes and radiators, as well as a rear spoiler that extends in multiple stages; closed underbody and wide diffuser
- High rigidity and crash safety thanks to ultra-high strength steel in the passenger cell and a reinforcing battery housing; aluminum outer skin
- Length: 4.99 meters; width: 1.96 meters; height: just 1.41 meters; flat body line; luggage compartment with a volume of 405 liters in the rear (366 liters in the RS model)
Headlights and lights
- Matrix headlights are standard in the RS e-tron GT and available as an option with the e-tron GT quattro
- Matrix headlights with Audi laser light are available as an option for both models; they double the range of the high beam
- Rear lights with a light band; dynamic coming home and leaving home animations in combination with the top-of-the-range headlights
Interior design and interior
- Instrument panel with driver orientation and “monoposto character,” open feeling of space
- Low seat position and wide center console; rear seat bench is also suitable for adults
- Sustainability meets sportiness and comfort: leather-free interiors, upholstery made with a high percentage of recycled material
- There are three seat variants and a choice of multiple design packages
Battery and thermal management
- Lithium-ion battery with a net energy content of 85 kWh (93 kWh gross) and a voltage level of 800 volts; 396 pouch cells in 33 modules
- AC charging with an output of 11 kW as standard and, shortly after market launch, optionally with 22 kW; DC charging with an output of up to 270 kW as standard
- Range of up to 487 km with one charge in the WLTP (Audi e-tron GT quattro); very short charging times: just five minutes for a distance of roughly 100 km.
- Sophisticated thermal management with four cooling circuits, efficient heat pump as standard; Preconditioning for fast DC charging on the road
Driver assist systems
- Audi pre sense safety systems as standard; optional “Tour,” “City,” and “Park” packages; adaptive cruise assist, and (remote) park assist plus as highlights
e-tron sport sound
- Standard AVAS sound is already more sonorous than legally prescribed
- e-tron sport sound available upon request for additional exterior and interior sound (standard in the RS e-tron GT), adjusted depending on the Audi drive select setting
Controls and displays
- Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3 inches) and MMI touch display (10.1 inches) as standard, plus natural voice control with online connection; head-up display optional; personalization as standard
Infotainment and Audi connect
- MMI navigation plus with Wi-Fi hotspot as standard, intelligent navigation with e-tron specific functions
- Extensive portfolio of Audi connect services; e-tron route planner for calculating the fastest route with the shortest possible charging stops
- Audi phone box and Bang & Olufsen premium sound system (standard in the RS model**) available as an option