Audi’s e-tron GT is a quick, handsome electric four-door that plays so handsomely to the brand’s peerless, and totally effortless strengths.
Some may say that this e-tron GT is the most exciting electric Audi yet. That’s difficult to argue. Great looking and eye-catching, it has an electric twist that never failed to attract extreme attention wherever we drove it. Low and wide in subtly metallic white, all that black trim, splendid face machined black wheels and matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light each side of a dark Audi trademark mouth, come together splendidly. A full-width taillight around the back does a disco dance every time it switches on or off.
Audi e-tron GT is wrapped in an extremely sharp suit
The Porsche Taycan’s sister car is based on the same VW Group J1 platform. It offers most of the same technology its Stuttgart sibling does. Albeit wrapped in an extremely sharp Audi suit. It’s assembled alongside the R8 at Audi’s Neckarsulm factory, which limits the number that can be built and guarantees exclusivity. It’s also a fraction longer, a little narrower and a bit taller than the Porsche.
Swing open the door to reveal superb plum leather and carbon fiber clad, chunky metal adorned high-quality cabin. It has so many delightful and special little features in there, from that touch-friendly enough, space-age gear button to the cool e-tron logo that shines through the passenger side facia. Never mind, it’s packed full of all the very latest in Audi high tech. Yet this e-tron GT combines haptic touch screen controls with just enough knobs and buttons to keep us from crying foul.
A 12.3-inch virtual cockpit shines your choice of classic, sport and e-tron screens at you behind the wheel. The last mentioned is even something of a range anxiety elixir. Add 10.1-inch center dash touch screen above an array of oh-so-welcome knobs and dials for the air-con, heated seats, drive modes and the rest. See, we can still do the future with buttons. Incredible! Rear visibility could be better but backing up is eased by crisp and clear rear-facing and 360-degree cameras.
Practical for Four Adults. And More, Too
There’s more than enough space in the rear for a couple of adults, whose feet fall into a neat notch cut into the underfloor battery. And there’s enough space in the 405-liter (14.3 cubic feet) trunk. Albeit our tester was smothered by a full-size spare wheel tied in there like a leather parachute. Nor is the long flat trunk a hatchback. You must make do with a narrow lid. That stolen boor space is partially recovered by another 81 liters (2.86 cubic feet) of baggage space in the nose. If you remove all the charging cables and paraphernalia, that is.
The Audi e-tron GT hums when you turn on. To warn pedestrians, cyclists and horsemen of your presence. With a motor at the front and another on the rear axle for all-wheel drive, e-tron GT has a two-speed gearbox on the rear axle to maximize acceleration off the line. And improve efficiency. Something of a fast granturismo, this ‘entry-level’ GT produces 470 HP, or 522 HP for 2.5 seconds when you select launch control. Audi says that’s enough for 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 152mph.
It blasts off the line with great energy and thrusts you back in the seat thanks to that instantaneous electric torque. Acceleration is impressive and quicker than Audi’s claims as it goes through a quaint little transformation phase as the rear motor unit finds that second cog. After which there’s constant, endless and abundant power underfoot. Your GT pipes in Star Wars pod tones through its sport sound gadget, distantly gurgling and grunting as it progresses. And there’s always that effortless surge at your disposal.
Effortless. That’s the Real e-tron GT Catchword
That’s the big call word here. Effortless. Steering is quick and honest, if a touch leaden. Not unlike, say an A7. The most impressive aspect of this electric GT’s driving manner however is its agility and obedience. It totally defies its 2.3-ton bulk. Audi reminds us that this e-tron GT’s center of gravity is lower than an R8. They really don’t need to. This one makes a mockery of its heft.
Supporting a 93-kWh battery and 800V architecture, you can charge e-tron GT at up to 270 kW if you can find a point capable of delivering that. At peak speeds in optimum conditions, you can add 62 miles of range in just five minutes. Or charge up 80 percent in just over 20 minutes. A full charge will give you 303 miles of range. If you can resist your urges to floor it and revel in those 522 horses, that is. So, range anxiety is still real and certainly takes a little getting used to.
In a world where we have experienced that the likes of the BMW iX will go 400 miles with a little discipline, and where some Teslas even manage 500 on a charge, this Audi’s 300-mile range is a limiting factor, whether you need travel far or not. It would be so much more complete with an extra 100 or so mile driving range, like some rivals now manage. Which means the etron GT fails to ease range anxiety as well as say and iX does. You still need to plot your longer routes around rapid charging stations.
Perfect as an Everyday Driver Around Town
But it’s perfect for the everyday short haul. You can adapt the regeneration to your liking via the flappy paddles behind the steering wheel. Three tugs to the left make this GT almost fully single paddle drivable. Initial regen mode deceleration is up to 3Gs, so you only really need use the brake pedal in case of emergency or avoidance. All of which, unless you are going to use it on a trackday, makes the carbon brake option futile. Driven diligently, you may never even us the clamps. We hardly did.
So, there you have it. The Audi e-tron GT is tech leader as much as it is a hugely impressive car. Way beyond just a comfy daily driver, it’s a practical enough four-door but with sharp, long, and low good looks that grab gob-smacked attention wherever you take it. So yes, it is exciting. But this e-tron GT’s real strength is that it’s not trying to be a car of the future. It’s simply a quick, efficient, and handsome electric four-door that plays so handsomely to Audi’s peerless, and totally effortless strengths.
ROAD TESTED: Audi e-tron GT quattro
Motors: 2x electric, 522 HP 472 lb.-ft combined
Drive: Direct AWD
Battery: 100 kWh lithium-ion
0-40 mph: 2.16 sec
0-60 mph: 3.91 sec
0-80 mph: 5.18 sec
0-100 mph: 8.34 sec
¼-mile: 11.9 sec @ 117 mph
50-75 mph: 2.20 sec
75-100 mph: 3.15 sec
VMax: 152 mph
Energy Consumption: 37.2 kWh/100 miles
CO2: 0 g/km local
LIST PRICE $102,400 MSRP
Photos: Michle Lupini
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