27 Oct 2021
Audi’s latest offering, the Audi e-tron GT, has the brand’s most progressive technology in every aspect — from its high-powered performance right down to its emotive design. Use our E-T-R-O-N-G-T guide to get you up to speed with this gran turismo’s most distinctive features.
Audi’s quattro technology, pioneered more than 40 years ago, is one of the hallmarks of the brand. The launch of the Audi e-tron range signaled a new chapter in Audi’s four-wheel drive technology as it goes fully electric.
The Audi e-tron GT uses electrified quattro technology that has an even faster reaction time than the traditional Audi quattro technology. It takes just about 30 milliseconds for the system to monitor and assess how much front axle traction is needed, then engaging the front axle — around four times faster than the traditional quattro.
Audi’s standard quattro technology gives the car superior traction control system, but its electric iteration takes it up a notch by enabling faster conversion of energy. As it doesn’t require a mechanical clutch to be engaged, the Audi e-tron GT only needs a fraction of a second to achieve full quattro performance.
Torque is a unit of measurement to determine how well a vehicle can perform — the higher the torque, the greater the car is able to perform. The Audi e-tron has an electrical torque output of 540 Nm while the Audi e-tron GT has 630 Nm (the Audi RS e-tron GT has 830 Nm). In addition, the Audi e-tron GT’s intelligent control enables the car to attain up to 265 kW — or 30% — of its range through brake recuperation.
The Audi e-tron GT comes with both AC and DC charging, which means it can support slow and fast charging. Depending on the type of charger in use, charging for 5 minutes via fast DC charging can give you enough up to 80% power for about 100 km, and it only takes around 22 minutes.
When charging, electric vehicles produce waste heat which reduces charging efficiency. To make charging as efficient as possible, every model in the Audi e-tron range has a phase charger with an integrated low-temperature cooling circuit.
The car comes with a 93.4kWh battery which can store enough power to clock around 479km at full charge (465km for the RS model).
The Audi e-tron GT has a number of design signatures such as the new special daytime running lights but nothing stands out as much as its sleek roofline and panoramic gloss black glass sunroof that gives the car’s interior a generous sense of space. The sunroof is made of heat-insulating glass that helps prevent the interior from heating up. For the RS model, a carbon fibre roof is an option.
While the car has a lowered sporty position for the driver and passenger seats, it has a recess in the floor in the back to give rear passengers more head and legroom for a comfortable ride. Don’t be fooled by the gran turismo’s sporty appearance — it boasts a roomy 405 litres of boot space and an additional 81 litres of space under the front hood.
The Audi e-tron GT is a car made with increased use of sustainable materials. Both the interior and exterior of the car use resource-efficient materials in production: the carpet and floor mats are made of Econyl, a material that consists of 100% recycled nylon fibres, and one of its wheel model variants is made of aluminum manufactured in a low-carbon production process.
Sustainable is the new premium when it comes to the Audi e-tron GT’s design packages. The black leather-free design option has covers predominantly made of materials such as polyester fibres that were made from recycled PET bottles, textiles, or residual fibres. For example, each set of Kaskade covers is made of 119 recycled plastic bottles, and the Dinamica design combination features a breathable microfibre material made from recycled polyester fibres and recycled PET.
The Audi e-tron GT is the brand’s first all-electric gran turismo. Its exterior features a sporty silhouette that strikes a harmonious balance between form and function: muscular, low-slung body with expressive lines. The Audi e-tron GT also has advanced aerodynamics that reduce energy consumption (less drag) on long drives, effectively increasing the car’s range.
Under the hood, the fully electric sports car can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds (3.3 seconds for the Audi RS e-tron GT), with a top speed of 245km/h (250km/h for the Audi RS e-tron GT). The unique Audi e-tron digital sport sound is a standard feature on both the RS and non-RS versions.
The Audi e-tron GT’s infotainment system comes with the standard Audi MMI Navigation plus Audi connect services such as the Audi smartphone connectivity, navigation, and emergency call service like the e-tron remote services.
The Audi e-tron GT also has a personalisation feature that can store up to six profiles — five fixed and one guest — that saves hundreds of preferred settings ranging from seat position, air conditioning settings and frequently selected navigation destinations. The sports car has the brand’s latest third-generation modular infotainment toolkit which offers extremely high processing power to execute connectivity tasks at high speeds, and comes with an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot.