Audi E-Tron GT has been in for a while now, but Audi on Tuesday finally revealed its battery-electric super sedan, the E-tron and the RS E-Tron.
Available in two models, regular and the extreme performance RS in the US from launch, It’s one of Audi’s most powerful production cars. All models feature a dual-motor all-electric set-up with a two-speed transmission to aid performance. It incorporates Audi’s new 800V electrical architecture which allows even faster charge speeds, while the 86 kWh battery is good for 298 miles (488 km) predicted WLTP range in European spec.
Audi’s presentation focused on the e-tron GT’s duality, emphasizing their intention to provide a blend of luxury, with a sporty driving experience as well as an increased refocusing on sustainability. Particular attention has been applied to the suspension and steering settings, to ensure that they provide the adaptability for both, while the car features some interesting quirks in the shape of ethical material choices.
The entry-level Audi e-tron GT quattro has a combined power output of 476 PS (476 hp / 350 kW ) and 630 Nm (464.7 lb-ft) of torque, while the RS e-tron GT has a higher output, producing a total figure of 598 PS (589 hp / 440 kW) 830 Nm (612.2 lb-ft) of torque. Audi said that these power outputs are rated for European models.
In North America, the GT is rated for 469hp SAE and 464 lb-ft of peak torque (522hp SAE and 472 lb-ft with overboost), and the RS at 590 hp SAE and 612 lb-ft (637 hp SAE and same torque with overboost).
Both the e-tron GT Quattro and the RS e-tron GT feature a twin motor setup, with one motor for each axle. The 175Kwh front motor is shared across the two, whereas the rear motor’s output is higher for the RS — 335 Kwh vs. the Quattro’s 320 Kwh.
Speaking of the interior, the E-Tron GT comes with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch screen serving as the infotainment hub. Thankfully, Audi has also included multiple physical buttons for frequently used items. No one wants to tap on more screens after tapping away on a phone the whole day. Audi also includes a flat-bottom steering wheel and some Alcantara trim as standard.
The Audi e-tron GT features the option of leather-free interiors, as well as the ability to specify seats that have been sustainably produced with recycled PET bottles. “As a team, we created a Gran Turismo that combines performance and comfort,” says Markus Däsch, member of the team responsible for interior design on the e-tron GT.
To achieve Audi’s goal of creating a sportscar-like experience, the seating position is kept low, with a cut-out battery and flat battery floor combining to lower the cabin. The central screen is angled towards the driver, while the “lightweight” design philosophy influences the central console and dashboard, to create a spacious feeling.
The air suspension is also able to raise and lower the car. From its normal ride height, the suspension drops 0.4 inches in Dynamic mode, and 0.87 inches in Efficiency mode. The car also raises 0.8 inches in Comfort mode.
Audi has also added rear-axle steering that makes the car turn sharper at speeds less than 31-37 mph, depending on the driving mode, by turning the rear wheels up to 3 degrees opposite of the fronts. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn with the fronts to improve stability.
The standard wheels are 20 inches but a 21-inch set is available. The standard brakes are steel but carbon-ceramic brakes are available. A rear-locking differential is also fitted as standard and buyers can upgrade to a multi-plate clutch unit with a locking range that extends from 0-100% (standard on RS E-Tron GT).
The e-tron GT features two charging ports on either side, located on the fenders, behind the front wheels. Both charge ports allow for AC charging, while the passenger side supports DC fast charging. For homing charging, The e-tron GT can be juiced-up with 11 kW AC as standard, which allows it to recharge an empty battery overnight. An optional 22 kW charger for home-use will be offered as well.
It’s due at dealerships this summer as a 2022 model, and there’s both a standard model and extra-spicy RS E-Tron GT coming. The standard model is priced to start at $99,900 and the RS E-Tron GT at $139,900. Both figures exclude the destination charge.