Audi e-tron GT (2021) Review
Audi e-tron GT (2021) At A Glance
Capable of travelling ‘in excess’ of 295 miles between charges, the e-tron GT shares a platform, electric motors and battery pack with the Porsche Taycan. That means it has a 93kWh battery powering a motor on each axle, producing a combined 476PS under normal driving. A boost mode function increases this up to 530PS for up to 2.5 seconds via launch control. Total torque is 630Nm.
As such, the Audi e-tron GT can cover 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, while there’s a faster RS e-tron GT model available if you’re after something even quicker. Top speed for the e-tron GT is limited to 152mph.
This performance is helped by the e-tron GT’s impressive aerodynamics. Its long wheelbase, wide track, large wheels and low-lying silhouette contribute to a low drag coefficient of 0.24, which also boosts efficiency and therefore driving range.
All-wheel drive is standard, although the e-tron GT will prioritise power to the front motor when the driver selects ‘efficiency’ mode. In slippery conditions or during high-speed cornering, the electric motor for rear-wheel drive is activated five times quicker than with a mechanical quattro drivetrain.
The entry-level e-tron GT features double wishbone suspension with electronic adaptive damping. The e-tron GT Vorsprung builds on this with adaptive air suspension, which is also optionally available for the e-tron GT. Its three-chamber system can lower the body from its standard setting by up to 22 millimetres and raise it by up to 20 millimetres.
Charging ports can be found behind both front wheels in the e-tron GT models. Both sides feature connections for alternating current (AC) and there is also a connection for direct current (DC) on the right-hand side.
Two charging cables are included as standard: one Type 2, Mode 3 for use at AC charging points including a home wallbox, and the compact e-tron charging system, consisting of a control unit and Type 2, Mode 2 cable with a domestic and industrial plug. The intelligent charging system “connect” will also be available as an option, and enables both charging control via the myAudi app and function updates
The e-tron GT can charge with up to 11kW AC as standard, meaning an empty battery can be replenished overnight. An optional onboard charger which increases charging capability to up to 22kW will be available shortly after launch. At a sufficiently powerful DC terminal, the e-tron GT can achieve a peak charging capacity of up to 270kW, allowing it to take on board enough charge for a journey of up to 62 miles in just over five minutes. Charging from 5 to 80 percent takes less than 23 minutes in ideal conditions.
In the NEDC cycle, the Audi e-tron GT quattro consumes 19.6–18.8 kWh of energy per 62 miles travelled on average. This results in an anticipated average range in excess of 295 miles.
Inside, the e-tron GT is pretty standard Audi fare. There’s a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit in place of conventional dials, while a 10.1-inch central touchscreen display is also standard across the range. GT Vorsprung models feature ambient lighting.
Refreshingly, the e-tron GT’s interior doesn’t rely heavily on touch inputs for controlling the media and climate control systems. There’s a myriad of buttons on the dash, as well as a voice control function. RS e-tron GT models come with a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Prices start from £79,900 for the Audi e-tron GT quattro while the Vorsprung model costs from £106,000.
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