Audi has unveiled its eagerly anticipated e-tron GT – a sleek new EV that sits at the top of the brand’s electric car range.
Joining the e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUVs in Audi’s electric line-up, the new GT shares its underpinnings with the brilliant Porsche Taycan and aims to deliver a balance of usability and performance as it rivals the Tesla Model S.
The standard e-tron GT produces 469bhp, though this can be increased to 523bhp with a boost mode. The RS, which is the first electric model from the firm to wear the legendary performance badging, serves up 590bhp, though like the regular version, has a boost mode which takes the total up to 637bhp for short bursts. Each car comes with quattro all-wheel-drive and has a top speed limited to 155mph.
Both models also use an 86kWh battery (90kWh) battery, which allows for a claimed electric range of 295 miles for the e-tron GT and 280 miles for the RS. They also come with 270kW rapid charging capability meaning the battery can be charged from five to 80 per cent in just 23 minutes with the quickest chargers.
The GT retains much of the design of the 2018 concept car, with a sleek profile, intricate LED lighting and also the option to have a body-coloured grille – the latter being a first for an Audi.
Inside, the models each feature a large touchscreen system along with the brand’s Virtual Cockpit Plus digital dials, while a low seating position promises to deliver that ‘sporty’ feel. Despite the sleek profile, Audi says the rear seats offer ‘sufficient space’ for adults, while the models also come with a 405-litre boot, along with an additional 81-litre storage compartment under the bonnet.
Elsewhere, Audi is focusing on sustainability, and along with carbon-neutral production of the e-tron GT, the model is also available with an optional ‘leather-free’ package, while recycled plastics are used throughout the cabin.
To add to the RS GT’s performance, Audi has also engineered a ‘sport sound’ to the model, which is a digital sound that aims to enhance its character, though it can be turned off if drivers prefer the usual refinement and peace you get from EVs.
Along with the extra performance, RS models are separated by a revised grille and a black styling package, along with additional standard kit – such as a Bang & Olufsen sound system, adaptive air suspension and a rear differential lock that maximises handling and traction.
Prices for the e-tron GT start from £79,900, with a high-spec Vorsprung model available for £106,000. As for the RS model, the range kicks off from £110,950, and rises to £133,340 for the top-spec Carbon Vorsprung version.Enquire on a new Audi e-tron GT