The Audi E-Tron GT is the next EV car to be released by the German manufacturer that can be defined by its duality between two driving experiences, a high-performance car whilst being extremely easy to drive for leisure. The key features that Audi highlight with the new Audi E-Tron GT are the fully electric propulsion systems, the three chamber air suspension, all wheel steering and a two speed transmission.
Both models of the GT (RS and Standard) are equipped with permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) at the front and rear axles of the vehicle. These motors are optimal for both models of the car as they can deliver instant torque from a complete standstill. For the standard model of the E-Tron GT, the motor’s combined output is approximately 469 BHP, or up to 522 BHP with overboost for 2.5 seconds with launch control. Audi also claim that the E-Tron GT’s front motors produce 235 BHP alone and the rear produces an impressive 429 BHP. The overall torque for the E-Tron GT come to around 464 lb-ft of torque or 472 lb-ft with overboost. This results in a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds, on the way to the E-Tron GT’s top speed of 152mph. However, even though the RS variant has the same motors, they do come packed with more power. The front motors are shared between the variants, producing the same amount of BHP, however, the rear motors on the RS E-Tron GT are capable of producing 450 BHP, that’s a 21 BHP difference between the standard and RS variant. This then results in the RS E-Tron GT being able to produce a net 590 BHP or 637 BHP with overboost. The torque for the RS E-Tron GT comes in at 612 Ib-ft and a 0-60mph time of 3.1 seconds with a 155mph top speed. This means that the RS E-Tron GT is on par with the V10 powered Audi R8 and other supercars that are similar.
*Net combined horsepower and torque ratings according to SAE calculations.
The Audi E-Tron GT also comes equipped with a three-chamber air suspension system with 60% more capacity compared to the suspension found in other E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback models. This allows duality in performance to shine further for those who would like a pleasurable driving experience or for those who take the E-Tron GT to the track. Each suspension chamber can be activated and deactivated individually to suit the driving situation, and they work closely together with the controlled dampers and are able to raise or lower the car’s height by 22mm downwards and/or 20mm upwards. Audi’s all wheel steering capability found on the E-Tron GT can turn a maximum of 2.8 degrees in the rear in the opposite direction up to a top speed of 30mph. This results in low speed agility being increased and more easier to work with.
All Audi E-Tron GT models within the United States will be fitted with a 93.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a unique integrated cooling structure underneath the battery pack. Audi’s new cooling system on the E-Tron GT’s battery pulls the heat generated by it away from the battery so it can be housed in an aluminium frame. This is so structural rigidity can be improved and the occupants of the vehicle are protected further. Using DC fast chargers, Audi claim that the battery has the ability to charge at a speed of up to 270 kW and the manufacturer’s range estimates, based on EPA test cycles on a full charge, are 238 miles for the standard E-Tron GT variant and 232 miles for the RS E-Tron GT.
* EPA estimates not yet available at this time.
Audi E-Tron GT Exterior
The Audi E-Tron GT boasts a classic body style for a Gran Turismo car – flat, wide and comprising of a long wheel base. The car itself has been manufactured with multiple materials to keep the E-Tron GT strong and rigid, but lightweight at the same time. For example, the roof is constructed from carbon along with numerous aluminium components. Coming towards the back, the roofline slopes downwards and extends into the rear areas of the car to make the sport side of the car shine through the body. A light strip runs across the entire width of the rear. This strip dissipates at the outer edges, in the actual lighting units, into individual wedge-shaped LED segments. This not only makes the rear end look more futuristic and aggressive, but makes the E-Tron GT more recognisable as an Audi EV. The E-Tron GT sits rather low to the ground, which is unusual for an electric car, however, Audi has purposely done this to create an extremely low centre of gravity so the car can be driven more dynamically at higher speeds. Coming to the front of the car, Audi has adopted an arrow-shaped design to emphasise the new matrix LED headlights that feature a high laser beam to make a statement with the more dynamic side of the E-Tron GT. The lights also play a sequence to welcome the driver whenever they enter the vehicle to give them a more pleasurable driving experience even before turning the car on.
Audi E-Tron GT Interior
Upon entering the vehicle, an occupant is presented with a large dose of everyday usability, coupled featuring a superb quality feel. Starting at the front, the centre console features a large touchscreen positioned perfectly incorporate the driver ergonomically with the controls and the infotainment. Both the screen of the central instrument and the touchscreen above the centre console come with a black-panel look finish. A number of layouts and functions are available with these touchscreen monitors/control areas depending on what the driver would like to be displayed, this can include virtual instrument dials, easy-to-read navigation maps with information on the range, or various infotainment function menus.
Coming to the cockpit’s overall design, the colours for the interior are a lot lighter in the front then gradually begin to get darker when getting closer to the floor of the E-Tron GT. This is done on purpose by designers at Audi to create the impression of a clear width within the vehicle. The seats for the E-Tron GT are inspired by motor racing for both rows (front and back) and provide optimum lateral support when one is driving more dynamically around corners. Materials wise, you will not find a single layer of animal based products in the E-Tron GT. In fact, the concept for the Audi E-Tron GT incorporates a full vegan-friendly interior. For example, sophisticated, synthetic leather is used on the seats and other trim surfaces. Fabrics made from recycled fibers are used on the seat cushions as well as the armrests and on the center console. With two luggage compartments, the Audi e-tron GT concept offers a great many options for a Gran Turismo. Here it makes full use of its concept advantage as an electric automobile with compact drive units. The rear with its large tailgate offers up to 450 liters (15.9 cu ft) of luggage capacity. Under the hood there is an extra 100 liters (3.5 cu ft) of capacity.