Audi e-tron GT

This is the Audi e-tron GT, the sibling vehicle to the Porsche Taycan– based upon the very same VW Group J1 system as well as having much of the exact same modern technology– albeit wrapped in an exceptionally sharp match. It’s not the very first pure-electric Audi obviously, that title goes to its ever-growing line-up of e-tron SUVs, however it’s absolutely the most amazing.

There will certainly be 2 variations of e-tron GT, at first a minimum of: the ‘entry-level’ e-tron GT quattro and also the full-fat RS e-tron GT. Yea, this is also the initial electric Audi to wear the RS badge. Both have an electric motor at either end for four-wheel drive, both have the very same two-speed gearbox as the Taycan on the back axle to maximise velocity off the line, yet additionally boost effectiveness at higher speeds, and both feature a 93kWh battery as typical– no much shorter range 79kWh, or rear-wheel drive alternative like the Taycan below.

The ‘quattro’ produces 469bhp, or 523bhp for a 2.5 2nd boost when you involve launch control– enough for 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds and a full throttle of 152mph. Also reduce? The RS obtains 590bhp or 637bhp on overboost making it the most effective RS design to date, albeit briefly bursts, capable of 0-62mph in 3.3 secs (half a second slower than the Taycan Turbo S, and 1.3 secs slower than the brand-new Tesla Design S Plaid) and also a full throttle of 155mph. Rib-crushingly fast, then, just not quite as sadistic as the Porsche.

So, the Audi is being pitched as even more of a fast GT than a four-door sports car. Fast, however not as rapid as the Porsche. That concept is true when you obtain the measuring tape out, also. The Audi is a portion much longer, a little narrower and also a couple of cm taller than the Taycan, there’s a little bit of added boot room as well– 405-litres in the back, another 81 in the nose. Yet in isolation you won’t see the difference, this is a low, long, vast and lean looking four-door that hoovers up attention wherever you enter it.

In spite of sharing its bones and gizzards with the Taycan, both cars and trucks won’t be integrated in the exact same location. The e-tron GT will certainly be assembled together with the R8 at Audi’s Neckarsulm factory, which places a little a cap on the number it can develop, at first at least. Audi thinks “something in the high four figures” a year is attainable– so approximately a 10,000-unit ceiling– contrasted to the 20,000-odd Taycans Porsche flogged in 2020.

” A handsome four-door GT that plays to Audi’s toughness, with a blistering turn of pace”
The e-tron GT’s actual strength is it’s not attempting too hard to be an auto from the future. It’s just a good-looking four-door GT that plays to Audi’s strengths– specifically a top quality inside, convenience and also useability and a belting turn of speed that’s more than worthwhile of the RS badge. An electric powertrain fits the brand’s desires as a tech-leader, as well, which suggests there will not be virtually as much hassle as when Porsche took the wraps off the Taycan.

In a world where Tesla is claiming a 400, also 500-mile range on the most up to date Tesla Version S, the Audi’s 300-mile array will still be a limiting factor for some, whether they require to cover big distances consistently or not. But it should not be, because in every division this is a hugely outstanding automobile: comfortable adequate to be a daily vehicle driver, however with face-melting acceleration in its storage locker; a practical four-door automobile, however with carved excellent appearances– if the one sacrifice for accessing all that skill is intending your trip courses very carefully to include some quick charging, then it’s a small sacrifice to make.

Now for some trouble. There are no plans to offer an easier, rear-wheel drive variation like the Taycan (our current choice of the electrical Porsche range), and no plans to adhere to the Taycan Cross Turismo with an Avant version of the e-tron GT. Disappointing, provided Audi is the rapid estate business, yet there’s lots of time to alter its mind.

Is it much better than a Taycan? It uses a portion more convenience and also room and also a smidge much less rate, but really the differences are minute. It’ll boil down to which brand name you prefer as well as which body you’re attracted to– and also on that basis the e-tron GT remains in with a yell of ruffling some feathers in Stuttgart.