Audi e-tron GT electric motor, drive & performance
The e-tron GT makes for a very impressive performance car, but with more of a focus on long-distance comfort than its Porsche Taycan cousin
|Model||0-62mph||Top speed||Driven wheels||Power|
|e-tron GT quattro||4.1s||152mph||Four||469bhp|
|RS e-tron GT||3.3s||155mph||Four||590bhp|
Explosively quick acceleration, great long-distance cruising ability and assured handling on a twisty road: the e-tron GT really ticks every box in this area, whether in standard quattro or hardcore RS form.
Audi e-tron GT 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
The e-tron GT looks very fast on paper and feels it from behind the wheel. The standard e-tron GT can go from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, bettering most hot hatches and a few supercars, while the more powerful RS e-tron GT takes that down to 3.3 seconds (or a truly mind-warping 2.5 seconds in 'Dynamic' mode).
Both models have fairly high top speeds for electric cars, at 152 and 155mph respectively, but hitting those numbers on a German autobahn for any length of time will see the batteries depleted rapidly. Both also have the unusual feature for an electric car of two forward gears: a shorter one handles initial acceleration, while a longer one kicks in at speed. And even in that longer second gear, acceleration doesn’t seem to fall off a cliff, with instant torque delivery from standstill.
A range of driving modes gives you multiple options to make the most of the e-tron GT's performance. These modes – called 'Efficiency', 'Comfort' and 'Dynamic' – make changes to the way the throttle, suspension and stability control react.
Comfort is the default setting when you pull away and is actually where the car is at its most impressive, balancing a comfortable ride on rough roads with still-responsive handling, precise steering and an almost complete lack of body lean in the twisty bits. You'll want to shell out for the air suspension for the greatest comfort, but even on standard springs this is a smooth car.
Four-wheel steering both ups the agility when driving at speed and makes the five-metre-long e-tron GT much easier to manage than you might expect in tight car parks or driveways. Dynamic mode doesn't make a huge difference to proceedings: the suspension is that bit firmer, but overall the car feels quite similar to Comfort.
One slight downside is that we felt the e-tron GT's regenerative braking system could be much stronger; there are only two weak regeneration levels, so true 'one-pedal' driving around town – as offered by much cheaper mainstream electric cars like the Nissan Leaf – isn't possible.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi e-tron GT is an extremely impressive entry into the high-end electric sports saloon class from the German brand
- 2Range, battery & chargingWith an official range approaching 300 miles and very fast charging speeds, the e-tron GT can live up to its 'Grand Tourer' billing
- 3Running costsInsurance will be pricey, but in other respects the e-tron GT is extremely cheap to run for such a high-end car
- 4Electric motor, drive & performance - currently readingThe e-tron GT makes for a very impressive performance car, but with more of a focus on long-distance comfort than its Porsche Taycan cousin
- 5Interior & comfortThe e-tron GT has a typically luxurious and well designed Audi interior
- 6Practicality & boot spaceAlthough not massively spacious, the e-tron GT still offers a reasonable amount of passenger and luggage room
- 7Reliability & safetyThe e-tron GT should match its Porsche sister model's strong crash-test scores and signs look good for reliability