Audi’s journey in electric mobility has taken another step forward with the unveiling of the four-door e-tron GT coupe, an electric grand tourer that Audi feels is ‘powerful, sporty, confident, and emotive’. Audi first showed the e-tron GT Concept Prototype in 2018, which subsequently made an appearance in the movie Avengers: Engame. After two further years of development, the e-tron GT went into production in December 2020 at Audi’s principal plant in Neckarsulm, Germany.
Underpinning the e-tron GT is the J1 Performance Platform, which Audi co-developed with Porsche, and used for the Porsche Taycan. But while the Taycan is an electric sports car with sleek lines, the e-tron GT was created as a grand tourer, a sporty touring car with exciting performance and excellent dynamic handling, and this is reflected in its muscular lines over a long wheelbase, wide track and large wheels, with distinctive quattro blisters and arches. Aerodynamic efficiency is a critical factor in the range of an electric vehicle, and in the e-tron GT, Audi achieved 0.24 drag coefficient through the use of active aerodynamics like a multi-positional rear spoiler and closable brake and radiator inlets.
The Audi e-tron GT will be available in Singapore in the 3rd quarter of 2021 in two models, both of which use the same 800-volt high voltage 85 kWh battery system used in the Porsche Taycan, which is capable of using 270 kW DC rapid-charging to achieve about 100 km of charge in just 5 minutes, with range up to 487 km. The battery pack sits between the two wheel axles for a perfect 50/50 balance, and is aluminium reinforced for added safety.
The e-tron GT quattro has a total power output of 350 kW (476 PS) from its two permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) motors, one for each axle, while the RS e-tron GT has a more powerful rear motor for a total power output of 440 kW (598 PS). Both models also have a launch control mode that will boost output in the e-tron GT quattro to 390 kW (530 PS) and the RS e-tron GT to (475 kW) (646 PS), for a maximum of 2.5 seconds, which enables the cars to go from 0–100 km/h in 4.1 or 3.3 seconds, respectively.
Road handling is assured, with the suspension a balance of dynamism and comfort, thanks to technologies such as Audi drive select, all-wheel steering, controlled damping, an adaptive three-chamber air suspension and electric all-wheel drive, as well as optional carbon fibre brake disks.
The interior of the e-tron GT is that of a classic gran turismo, with the front seats installed in a sporty low position and separated by a wide center console, while the rear seats provide sufficient space even for adults. Connectivity is extensive, and includes online services from Audi Connect, state-of-the-art driver assist systems such as adaptive cruise assist; and a full infotainment system that can include a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system.