That the bottom Audi E-Tron GT is a complete banger is in no way a shock. Yeah, it is a detuned model of its 637-horsepower RS counterpart, however with stable structure constructing a basis for nice on-road manners, I promise, the usual GT is something however a snoozefest.
RS or not, each E-Tron GT has the identical powertrain — one which’s shared with the Porsche Taycan. A 93.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack sends energy to a pair of electrical motors, managed by a two-speed transmission. Due to the E-Tron GT’s 800-volt car structure, it could settle for charging speeds of as much as 270 kilowatts, which means you possibly can deliver the battery from flat to an 80% state of cost in about 20 minutes.
As for the numbers, the bottom E-Tron GT delivers a most of 522 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque on overboost, leading to a 3.9-second 0-to-60-mph time. Is the RS E-Tron GT faster? You betcha. And when you’ll positively discover the 0.8-second disparity in case you’re activating launch management and cannonballing down a runway, in each day driving, you will by no means lack for fast, unrelenting thrust. The GTs’ vary estimates aren’t too far aside, both, with the bottom E-Tron rated at 238 miles and the RS coming in simply behind it at 232.
On the subject of the E-Tron GT’s experience and dealing with, each the bottom and RS fashions supply a equally nice expertise. All E-Tron GTs have a three-chamber air suspension with Consolation and Dynamic settings, and although the distinction between these modes is not large, the GT nonetheless strikes a near-perfect stability of supple consolation and taut stability. The digital energy steering will get faster in Dynamic mode, too, however the E-Tron GT positively takes a backseat to the Taycan on this division. Porsche is thought for its fast, communicative steering and it is a key attribute that units these German siblings aside.
Efficiency-enhancing applied sciences like torque vectoring and rear-axle steering actually amp up the expertise, making the E-Tron GT extremely agile. These goodies are customary on the RS, however can be found for the bottom E-Tron GT by the use of a $6,000 choice pack that additionally consists of 20-inch wheels, laser headlights, carbon fiber inside bits and blacked-out exterior trim. Bigger 21-inch wheels are additionally obtainable, if that is your jam.
The cabin is high-tech if a bit busy.
Just like the Porsche Taycan, the E-Tron GT does not supply a lot in the way in which of regenerative braking. You possibly can dial in just a little little bit of regen by the paddles on the steering wheel, but it surely makes a negligible distinction in how the automobile drives and the consumer expertise is type of backwards, since you utilize the would-be downshift paddle so as to add regen. Audi insists it is extra environment friendly for an EV to coast as an alternative of immediately recuperate and the corporate says its clients want a extra pure braking really feel, however I counter by saying one-pedal driving is an expertise that is wholly distinctive to EVs and a cool one at that. Why not simply make it an on/off change like Ford does on the Mustang Mach-E?
Funnily sufficient, if you hit the brake pedal, the E-Tron GT really does use regen to initially sluggish the automobile down, till you enter sufficient power to activate the mechanical stoppers. The usual E-Tron GT makes use of metal brakes and the transition between vitality recuperation and caliper touching rotor is imperceptible. The RS E-Tron GT comes customary with Audi’s (and Porsche’s) surface-coated brakes, however you possibly can choice extra highly effective carbon ceramics as a part of an RS-exclusive 12 months One bundle that comes with a bunch of upholstery and design upgrades however prices — gulp — $20,350.
Talking of upholstery, you may get the E-Tron GT with a sustainable (and vegan) leather-free inside, although superbly stitched cow hides are non-compulsory in case you’re not as eco-minded. The GT’s cockpit is so much busier than the Taycan’s, with much more buttons and knobs and a bizarre little round pad of audio controls positioned to the proper of the cup holders. Besides, the general cabin high quality is strictly what you’d count on from an Audi, with impeccable match and end and nice consideration to element. The rear seats are capable of accommodate average-sized adults with out difficulty, although just like the Taycan, the E-Tron GT shouldn’t be a hatchback, so beware the considerably small trunk opening. Base E-Tron GTs are solely obtainable with a glass roof that may’t be opened and is not tinted sufficient to dam out the solar and glare, which is silly. If you need the stable carbon fiber roof, it’s a must to purchase the RS.
Nonetheless not bought on the design, personally, however Ascari Blue positive seems good.
Each E-Tron GT fashions get Audi’s glorious Digital Cockpit digital gauge cluster, in addition to a ten.1-inch central infotainment display operating the corporate’s easy-to-use MIB3 software program, full with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto. A full suite of driver-assistance goodies are included, too, although lane-keeping help and adaptive cruise management are bundled as a $2,250 choice on the entry-level E-Tron GT Premium Plus trim.
You may want $100,995 to get into the Premium Plus E-Tron GT, a quantity that features $1,095 for vacation spot however excludes any potential federal or native tax credit. All in, you are taking a look at proper round $120,000 for a completely loaded E-Tron GT Status, which undercuts the extra highly effective RS E-Tron by about $20,000. Contemplating these two E-Trons are so dang related in the way in which they appear and drive, I would skip the RS improve, personally. However with an EV this well-rounded and entertaining, both approach, you possibly can’t go mistaken.