Audi have been making big moves into the world of electric power, and their new duo to be released in spring-time is the Audi e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT. Promising around 280-295 miles of range, how good will these all-electric performance Audis be?
"Audi has signalled its intent to play a pivotal role in the evolution of sustainable mobility in the premium sector, and after opening our account with the e-tron SUV, which is notable as the best-selling German premium BEV globally, we are stepping up the pace again to further that aim," says Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi UK.
The looks of these models is as close to a work of art on a car as you can just about get I think, we know how lovely Audi's are to look at but these have a more futuristic look about them, I'm half expecting the wheels to fold in and it start flying! Apparently the styling does help with the aerodynamics of the car and with keeping the car sticking to the road.
Standing less than a 1.5m high and 2m in width, the new Audi's have more grand-tourer dimensions than a saloon car. At its front, the inverted colour scheme of the Singleframe bearing the Audi rings provides a clue to the unorthodox powertrain at its heart. The radiator grille, which changes up the classic honeycomb pattern, is optionally available in body colour for the first time in an Audi model. In RS versions, the grille and lateral air inlets are framed by a black mask.
The cabin is draped in luxuries such as Alcantara leather, mood lighting and soft touch materials help to remind you this is an Audi. If you have the pleasure of buying the RS model, the front seats get upgraded to sportier options, with a massage function and full Nappa leather upholstery!
The concept of premium sustainable mobility as defined by Audi naturally extends beyond the powertrain to features such as the optional leather-free design package for the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT. It includes upholstery in a combination of artificial leather and the new material Cascade, which is produced using a proportion of recycled materials such as polyester fibres made from old plastic bottles, textiles, or residual fibres from selvages. Very green Audi, I am impressed! Shame its optional...
In terms of controls and displays, the e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT follow the current Audi concept: All information appears on two large displays. The driver operates the Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3 inches) via the multifunction steering wheel and controls the central MMI touch screen (10.1 inches) via touch surprisingly enough!
The fully electric gran turismo from Audi promises exhilaration regardless of version: The e-tron GT accelerates from rest to 62mph in 4.1 seconds, while the RS model needs 3.3 seconds (in boost mode in each case). Top speeds are governed at 152mph and 155mph respectively. To further enrich the driving experience, a unique ‘soundscape’ is also available for all e-tron GT models. The e-tron sport sound, which is standard equipment for RS e-tron models and optionally available for the e-tron GT quattro variants, but to be honest, I would enjoy the silence more!
So, all good news so far for the new Audis, but now is the downfall for many of us... the price tag! Yes, the standard e-tron GT quattro is more affordable, it still costs just short of £80K, while the top of the range RS e-tron GT Carbon Vorsprung will set you back over £130K!
With all the additions in tech plus the added bonus of not having to ever pay for fuel in an Audi RS car, you may come to think its well worth the price tag they commands, but we will have to see when they get here!Posted 10/02/2021 Back to Blog