Fast but not furious.
That’s some headline. It relates to the fact that the e-tron GT is just that – a GT car, or Grand Tourer, rather than a pure sportscar. With up to 637hp available, it seems pretty sporty to us.
It wasn’t that long ago that the absolute pinnacle of motorsport (Formula One) were seeing figures of around 650hp from their engines, and that took a massive effort to achieve, with a life-cycle of around 600 miles.
Today, manufacturers pull those sorts of figures with some ease, and of course, warranty them for tens of thousands of miles. And now we don’t even need petrol.
e-tron GT from Audi
The e-tron GT is the sister car to the Porsche Taycan – it uses the same platform as the pure electric sportscar, and much of the same technology, only the Audi is clothed in a four-door suit that looks so very purposeful.
It’s Audi’s first go at an all-electric sporty car, and in typical Audi style, they haven’t just rushed to get something to the market, but made a product that will lead the market, and no doubt have the competition looking to up their game.
Being an all-electric car, the weight should affect the ride quality, as it does for so many of the competition, but the e-tron is supple, agile, and with enough grip to make you feel like you’ve been transported to a theme park roller coaster – it sticks. Audi say that the centre of gravity is lower than the ultra-performance R8.
More Than Green Energy
The e-tron GT Quattro is available with 469hp, with a 523hp overboost (available for 2.5 seconds), which does the 0-62mph sprint in 4.1 seconds, and has a top speed of 152mph, but for that little extra, there’s the 590hp RS version, with a 637hp overboost, and 3.3 second 0-62mph time, and a top speed of 155mph.
Of course, having a motor on each axle means there’s full four-wheel drive also. (And depending on the spec chosen, you can have four-wheel steer, air suspension, carbon ceramic brakes and electronically controlled rear differential).
But it isn’t just the performance that’s green – there’s an option for leather-free interiors using artificial hides, and then we have fabrics made from recycled plastics, and carpets made from old fishing nets. Audi really have thought about the buying and owning experience. Few manufacturers go to such lengths.
Thanks to the technology fitted, including the 800v architecture, it’s possible to charge the e-tron at up to 270kW (if you can find such an outlet on your route), and this means that a 0-80% recharge can happen in less than 23 minutes, and give you a quick 62 mile boost in around five minutes.
With ‘normal’ driving (and let’s be honest, you’ll be revelling in the dynamic performance for quite some time), Audi claim a WLTP range of up to 303 miles. Is there anything that the e-tron can’t do well?
It even has 405 litres of boot space (with a further 81 litres upfront) – that’s exactly what a Grand Tourer is all about, and Audi have nailed it.
If you’d like to find out for yourself just what makes the e-tron GT such a fantastic Grand Tourer, with handling and performance to shade all but the most sportiest of sportscars, then contact one of our professionals and they’ll be able to make the arrangements for you.