The brand new Audi e-tron GT, an electrical four-door coupé thought-about the Gran Turismo of the longer term, has now arrived in Eire.
Whereas an much more highly effective RS e-tron will quickly comply with within the GT’s tyre tracks, I used to be fairly excited to be invited to drive this highly effective, quick, dynamic zero emissions GT mannequin.
Sitting into the supportive driving seat (so snug a resting place I’d break stones with my elbow for one more likelihood to spend time in it), I questioned what the old-time mechanics I as soon as labored with would make of at the moment’s technology-laden automobiles.
I’d give any cash to see their faces once they realised an electrical automotive may relay inside combustion engine sounds to the automotive’s inside. It could sound a bit spooky however, sure, I skilled the ‘lovely noise’ in all of the automotive’s 4 driving modes. Created scientifically reasonably than mechanically, it introduced a way of realism to my acquaintance with the GT.
Claiming the e-tron GT demonstrates the carmaker’s total plans for shaping the way forward for mobility, the four-door coupé – a automotive that shares the identical platform and powertrain because the Porsche Taycan – had its fair proportion of admirers over the interval I drove it.
It’s truthful to say the outside type of the Audi e-tron GT is a dynamic murals (the rationale for all of the head-turners). From the headlights to the massive diffuser on the rear, the superbly crafted particulars create a sculpture that appears prefer it was formed by the wind.
The physique line is extraordinarily aerodynamic, and the drag coefficient is simply 0.24. When pushed in effectivity mode, the suspension even lowers the automotive’s physique with the intention to take advantage of the aerodynamics.
The inside matches a traditional Gran Turismo design: the driving force and entrance passenger seats are put in in a sporty, low place and separated by a large centre console, and the rear seats present ample house, even for adults.
I admired the calm magnificence of the inside design as a result of, in contrast to a few of at the moment’s new automobiles, Audi makes use of a wise, undistracting 12.3” digital cockpit and 10.1” MMI contact show reasonably than having a full-size TV display on the sprint.
Together with the electrical drive system, the totally variable quattro drive distributes energy intelligently to the person wheels. When ample traction is obtainable, it sends energy primarily to the entrance axle.
As I discovered, the highly effective electrical motor supplied assured electrical all-wheel drive and beautiful highway efficiency to the authorized restrict and past, in the event you had been silly sufficient.
Able to producing 469bhp and accelerating from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds (RS model: 589bhp, 0-100km in 3.3 seconds), the 86kWh high-voltage battery permits a variety of as much as 479 kilometres (in accordance with WLTP). The automotive’s superior quick DC charging can obtain a 100km cost in 5 minutes.
Though I principally drove on well-surfaced roads, the automotive’s suspension system (air suspension, ceramic brakes and rear axle steering elective) confirmed a pleasant stability of dynamism and luxury. Because of applied sciences comparable to Audi drive choose, managed damping and the rear-axle differential lock, this Audi demonstrated its nice capabilities over the brief drive.
The e-tron, as a result of it’s extra sporty than most EVs, regenerates energy by way of braking reasonably than when releasing your foot off the accelerator; this additionally offers the automotive a greater feeling that’s extra akin to a petrol-powered sports activities automotive. An elective carbon fibre rooftop will be ordered to interchange the heavier glass unit.
The seats are provided with a variety of luxurious however leather-free design packages. Specification highlights embrace 19” alloys, quattro with e-torque vectoring, a panoramic glass sunroof and entrance & rear parking sensors.
The usual tools on the e-tron GT features a warmth pump that heats the inside with the waste warmth from the high-voltage parts. This will scale back the lack of vary attributable to local weather management considerably, particularly in winter when it replaces the thermoelectric heating ingredient.
Prospects can handle pre-entry local weather management of the inside and charging through their smartphones utilizing the myAudi app. Like all Audi fashions, the e-tron GT is totally linked.