The Audi e-tron GT has supercar speed with EV ease
What’s more, the slightly softer ride on the less full-on 469bhp quattro makes for a preferable drive, especially over long distances. If performance really is a concern, however, both cars have a boost mode, unlocking 523bhp in the quattro and 637bhp in the RS, though this increase only lasts for 2.5 seconds.
And, speaking of distance, range is one of the few potential downsides of the GT. EV converts now expect more than 300 miles on a single charge, and the GT just about gets there with a claimed WLTP range of 303 miles for the quattro and 293 miles for the RS (stats that are ever so slightly better than its sister Taycan). But drive in anything other than a reserved manner and you will not get near these figures. We didn’t.
Still, the 800V architecture means DC charging at up to 270kW is possible, which in theory means 62 miles of range in just five minutes, or an 80 per cent top up in less than 23 minutes. Finding a charging point capable of doing this is another matter, of course, and going forward this will be the major barrier to entry for EVs, rather than range anxiety.
The exterior design is stylish, and, despite being remarkably close to the original concept car, it manages that neat trick of conveying inherent performance without having to shout about it. You can see the e-Tron DNA, too, with the GT’s front and rear light clusters displaying the same intricate patterns as Audi’s first EV.
You have to pay extra for the matrix LED headlights with Audi’s laser light tech, but if you do the system can project arrows on the road in front of you, helping you stay in lane, as well as other info. It is even capable, if you hack it, of projecting movies (in black and white) onto walls. Audi has done this, but sadly an option of creating impromptu drive-in movies won’t be offered.
Inside the understated theme continues. No multiple touchscreens here, just the one running a sensible if not entirely obvious UI, and thankfully a decent amount of switchgear. We are now beyond the days where thinking that just because everything is capable of being controlled via a screen that it should be.
Some might argue the interior is not “EV” enough, with no sweeping screen running the entire length of the dash. But this is Audi’s choice again of making this a GT that happens to be electric. But the sooner brands depart from the familiar internal layout, including transmission tunnels where there is no longer any transmission, the better.
Published at Mon, 31 May 2021 05:00:00 +0000