Audi has announced the E-Tron GT, an expensive, high-performance electric sedan based on technology developed for Porsche’s first EV, the Taycan.
Launching in Europe in the spring, the E-Tron GT starts at € 99,800 and the top-specification RS version starts at € 138,200. The state will then be in the summer, with the base GT starting at $ 99,900 and the RS starting at $ 139,900.
For that much money, customers are getting the most performance Audi has ever pushed out of an electric car. The standard E-Tron GT can deliver 350 kW, or roughly 470 horsepower, while the RS version boasts 440 kW or 590 horsepower. In overboost mode, these numbers jump to 522 and 637 horsepower, respectively. With overload and start control, the E-Tron GT can run at 100 km / h in 4.1 seconds, while the RS version runs in 3.3 seconds. Not bad for a car of a weight about £ 5,100.
Both models achieve this performance with a twin-engine, all-wheel-drive layout powered by a 93 kWh battery (85 kWh of useful energy). The battery pack also uses 800-volt technology, which not only allows the GT to perform at a high level, but also allows for faster charging. Audi says it will cover a distance of 100 kilometers in just five minutes if connected to a high-speed charging network like the Volkswagen Electrify America.
If these numbers seem familiar, it’s because they have exactly the same setting as the Porsche Taycan. This was the plan from the sequel when GT first debuted as a concept car at the 2018 LA Motor Show, and even the Avengers endgame. Much like the larger Volkswagen Group will share the German carmaker’s mass-market MEB electric car platform, the powertrain developed for Porsche’s first EV has been made available to Audi for the GT, which will exist as a fully electric halogen vehicle. E-Tron brand. (Still, it even builds on the same treadmill as the R8 sports car.)
According to Audi, the base E-Tron GT must cover a range of “more than 488 km” (or 298 miles) at full charge, although this is done according to the European WLTP testing standard. In its U.S. press release, Audi mentions a range of 238 miles for the standard GT and 232 miles for the RS, although these are unofficial EPA range estimates.
Despite being such an expensive car, the price tag of the basic E-Tron GT rises even higher for buyers who want the most advanced technology from the German carmaker. Audi Matrix LED headlights, which have an intricate mirror system and are able to shape light in a very specific way, are an option (though only in Europe). There is also an optional heads-up display that can project information onto the windshield. All-wheel steering is available, but only as an option. Bang & Olufsen sound system? Optional.
The more expensive RS model includes some of these features, although the price may jump, depending on which wheels are fitted or if the buyer chooses a carbon fiber-reinforced roof instead of the standard glass option. Noise-insulating glass from the side and rear windows is also available, as are massage seats.
Both E-Tron GTs feature two displays – a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch touchscreen – powered by the latest version of Audi’s entertainment system. That means there’s an LTE Advanced chip for on-board Wi-Fi, navigation powered by Here maps, an additional smartphone app to control door locks and other features, and wireless CarPlay and Android Auto.
Overall, the E-Tron GT is the best-charged electric Audi to date. It’s the kind of thing that can (in some ways) compete properly with Tesla’s new, updated Model S, offering deep-pocket customers the opportunity for Porsche Taycan-level performance in another package.
Audi has already delivered tens of thousands of E-Tron SUVs and Sportbacks, and its first electric models have emerged in the wake of the Volkswagen Group’s Dieselgate scandal. But the extra capability provided by Porsche’s technology could help the automaker kidnap luxury car buyers who were previously deterred by the incomplete selection of the original E-Tron (or its most direct competitor, Mercedes-Benz EQC). In addition, the E-Tron GT now serves as the standard contractor for pushing Audi into electric vehicles, the car for which all other Audi EVs will be measured, as most customers will inevitably be satisfied with something more affordable.