Audi has introduced the E-Tron GT, an costly new high-performance electrical sedan constructed on expertise developed for Porsche’s first EV, the Taycan.
Due out this spring in Europe, the E-Tron GT will begin at €99,800 with a top-spec RS model beginning at €138,200. It should then come stateside in the summertime, with the bottom GT beginning at $99,900 and the RS starting at $139,900.
For all of that cash, patrons will get probably the most efficiency that Audi has squeezed out of an electrical automotive up to now. The usual E-Tron GT can output 350kW of energy, or roughly 470 horsepower, whereas the RS model boasts 440kW, or about 590 horsepower. In overboost mode, these numbers bounce to 522 horsepower and 637 horsepower, respectively. With overboost and launch management, the E-Tron GT can dash to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.1 seconds, and the RS model makes that run in 3.3 seconds. Not unhealthy for a automotive that weighs about 5,100 kilos.
Each fashions obtain that efficiency with a dual-motor, all-wheel drive setup that’s powered by a 93kWh battery pack (with 85kWh of usable vitality). The battery pack makes use of 800-volt expertise, too, which not solely lets the GT carry out at excessive ranges however may even allow quicker charging. Audi says simply 5 minutes will recuperate 100 kilometers, or 62 miles, of vary when hooked as much as a high-speed charging community like Volkswagen’s Electrify America.
If these numbers sound acquainted, it’s as a result of it’s the very same setup because the Porsche Taycan. That was the plan from the bounce when the GT was first revealed as an idea automotive at the 2018 LA Auto Show and even made an appearance in Avengers: Endgame. Very similar to how the bigger Volkswagen Group will share the German automaker’s mass-market MEB electric car platform, the powertrain that was developed for Porsche’s first EV was made obtainable to Audi for the GT, which can exist as a halo automobile of its all-electric E-Tron model. (To wit, it should even be constructed on the identical meeting line because the R8 sports activities automotive.)
Audi says the bottom E-Tron GT ought to get “greater than 488km” (or 298 miles) of vary on a full cost, although that’s in keeping with the European WLTP testing customary. In its US press launch, Audi cites a 238-mile vary for the usual GT and a 232-mile vary for the RS, although these usually are not official EPA vary estimates.
Regardless of being such a dear automotive, the bottom E-Tron GT’s price ticket will climb even larger for patrons who need the German automaker’s most superior tech. Audi’s Matrix LED headlights, which have a complex mirror system that can shape the light in highly specific ways, are an possibility (although solely in Europe). There’s additionally an non-obligatory heads-up show that may challenge info onto the windshield. All-wheel steering is obtainable, however solely as an possibility. Bang & Olufsen sound system? Non-obligatory.
The pricier RS mannequin contains a few of these options, although its value may also bounce relying on which wheels are fitted or if the customer opts for a carbon-fiber bolstered roof over the usual glass possibility. Noise-insulating glass on the aspect and rear home windows are additionally an possibility, as are therapeutic massage seats.
Each E-Tron GTs come fitted with two shows — a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a ten.1-inch touchscreen — which can be powered by the newest model of Audi’s infotainment system. Which means there’s an LTE Superior chip for onboard Wi-Fi connectivity, navigation powered by Right here maps, a companion smartphone app for controlling door locks and different capabilities, and wi-fi CarPlay and Android Auto.
In whole, the E-Tron GT is probably the most loaded up electrical Audi up to now. It’s the form of factor that would correctly compete (in some respects) with Tesla’s new refreshed Mannequin S, and it provides deep-pocketed clients the choice of Porsche Taycan-level efficiency in a special bundle.
Audi has already shipped tens of hundreds of E-Tron SUVs and Sportbacks, its first electrical fashions launched within the wake of the Volkswagen Group’s Dieselgate scandal. However the additional functionality afforded by Porsche’s expertise might assist the automaker steal away luxurious automotive patrons who have been beforehand postpone by the missing vary of the unique E-Tron (or its most direct competitors, the Mercedes-Benz EQC). Past that, the E-Tron GT will now function the usual bearer for Audi’s push into electrical autos, the automotive that every one different Audi EVs can be measured towards as most clients inevitably accept one thing extra attainable.