It’s been three years since Audi first revealed the e-Tron GT as a concept. A year later, the EV even made its way to the big screen in Avengers: Endgame as Tony Stark’s ride in 2019. Nearly two years after its big movie debut, the production version of Audi’s flagship EV is finally here. And from the looks of it, it is nearly unchanged from the prototype Audi revealed back in 2018.
Audi launched the EV in two variants – e-Tron GT Quattro and its more performance-oriented sibling, the RS e-Tron GT. Underneath the skin, it shares a lot of components with the Porsche Taycan and rides on the same J1 electric vehicle platform. It uses a dual-motor setup forming an all-wheel-drive system. In the standard e-Tron GT Quattro, power output is rated at 476 PS and 630 Nm torque, while the GT produces 598 PS and 830 Nm torque. With launch control activated, power figures rise to 530 PS and 646 PS, respectively, and can be delivered for a maximum of 2.5 seconds.
The motors are powered by an 85-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, standard for both e-Tron GT models. According to Audi, the battery gives the electric grand tourer a range of 487 kilometers in the standard e-Tron GT and 472 kilometers in the RS. It’s also capable of 270kWh fast charging, from 5 to 80 percent in just 22 minutes.
Handling-wise, controlled dampers, and rear-axle differential lock are standard on the e-Tron GT. However, only the RS variant gets a “controlled” lock with a multi-plate clutch that allows for fully variable operation. Air suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, and all-wheel steering are also available as options.
Despite using the same platform, the e-Tron GT is more than just a reskinned Taycan with an Audi badge at the front and rear. The design of the vehicle is very much Audi. With an aggressive front end, pumped fenders, and wide rear, the e-Tron GT has a very distinct look. All of Audi’s signature design cues can be found here too. The signature grille design has now been reshaped to block off airflow. At the rear, it looks like any other Audi model with a full-width LED taillight. Wheel options vary from 19- up to 21-inch units.
Inside, it’s all Audi too. In front of the driver is a digital screen with a large infotainment system on the center of the dash. In line with its environmentally friendly theme, the cabin is entirely leather-free.
Interestingly, the e-Tron GT and the Taycan aren’t built in the same place. Instead, the EV is built alongside the R8 at Audi’s Neckarsulm factory.
Will we see the e-Tron GT in the Philippines? Hopefully. We already have the Porsche Taycan here, so the Audi’s EV grand tourer would make for a good match.