Luxurious, expertise and a complete lot of flash usually go hand in hand. Within the age of space-faring billionaires, all of us count on the newest wiz-bang gadget to seem like one thing from the long run, proper?
Not in Audi’s view. The 2022 Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT are a pair of all-electric grand touring halo automobiles that don’t seem like one thing from 2060. They give the impression of being identical to smooth gasoline-powered GTs, however beneath the pores and skin, there’s a complete lot extra energy, technological pop and panache than the design implies at first look.
The 2022 Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT get a low-slung roofline, huge monitor and lengthy wheelbase like these grand tourers of the previous, with the addition of some design thrives to convey it consistent with Audi’s refined, but luxurious aesthetic. Whereas the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT have been each produced alongside the Audi R8 (its roofline is decrease than the R8) and borrow a number of issues from that iconic design, these electrical grand tourers are a pair of beasts all their very own.
Nuts and bolts
Primarily based on the identical 800-volt structure because the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT makes 469 mixed horsepower (as much as 522 hp with overboost) from a pair of twin, permanent-magnet motors powering the entrance and rear wheels. The RS e-tron GT makes 590 (637 hp with overboost) horsepower from those self same motors and Audi says it may well do 0-60 in 3.1 seconds.
Each autos are succesful, assured and fast and don’t tarry on mountain roads or lengthy freeway stretches. Acceleration is nearly seamless, as it’s in most electrical autos.
Because of Audi’s electrical quattro all-wheel drive with torque vectoring system, each autos are sure-footed and nicely sorted, even when the wheels begin to squeal. This technique permits a variable quantity of energy to be despatched to wheels that slip when cornering exhausting, making a sudden lane change, or driving in slippery situations.
The autos I drove have been outfitted with summer season tires, and I obtained to check a little bit of this out on a closed slalom course with a sudden lane change on the finish on the Agua Dulce Airpark about 50 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. I ran the RS e-tron GT via the cones three consecutive instances to get a really feel for the system and every time the automotive felt safe, planted and beneath management.
Steering, pace and vary
Each the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT additionally get non-obligatory rear-wheel steering. Underneath 30 mph, the rear wheels can flip as much as 2.8 levels in the wrong way to the entrance wheels to assist make the turning radius of the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT smaller. Above 30 mph the rear wheels flip in the identical path because the entrance. This technique is analogous (with fewer levels of rotation) to that within the Porsche Taycan.
Whereas I didn’t get to check out overboost in both automobile on the sleek tarmac on the airpark, I did run a sequence of back-to-back 0 to 100 mph accelerations utilizing launch management within the RS e-tron GT. Amongst the cohort of journalists there, I got here in second, doing 0-60 in 3.24 seconds and 0-100 in 7.29 seconds. In 102-degree warmth, on chilly tires, these numbers are a lot spectacular. By the tip of the runway, I noticed speeds approaching 120 mph, 32 mph in need of the electronically restricted 155 mph, (152 mph within the e-tron GT) earlier than hitting the brakes. After three back-to-back runs, the totally charged RS e-tron GT had solely misplaced 20 miles of vary.
The EPA-estimated vary for the RS e-tron GT is 232 miles whereas the e-tron GT is estimated to get 239 miles of vary.
These estimated EPA ranges are a results of the low-slung 93 kWh battery pack (the identical in each autos) that Audi says can cost as much as 80% in 23 minutes on 270-volt chargers (DC quick charging).
The e-tron GT begins at $99,900 and the RS e-tron GT pops to a better $139,900 (each excluding the $1,045 vacation spot cost). That price ticket does include one-time restricted profit.
Audi paired up with Electrify America to supply free, limitless public charging for 3 years (with out time restrictions). In addition they provide at-home charging stations arrange via Qmerit. Each the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT include normal twin charging ports and a 9.6 kW charging system with 240-volt functionality in order that homeowners can cost wherever. Electrify America was launched by the Volkswagen Group, which owns Audi, following the Dieselgate scandal.
Discovering any charger is on the market via the infotainment system, often known as the MMI, and the ten.1-inch touchscreen within the middle console. Head to navigation after which hit the icon marked with a plug and a listing of chargers close to you’ll populate.
Whereas I didn’t get the chance to attempt to discover chargers on the one-day drive, Audi says that discovering EA chargers and their standing and availability is simple via each Audi’s MyAudi app (obtainable by way of smartphone and desktop), and thru the MMI. Audi says that drivers can type by their most well-liked charging stage (Stage 1 via DC quick chargers) and navigate to the charger all with out leaving Audi’s in-vehicle interface.
Drivers may carry out the search on their cellphone via EA’s app or via the MyAudi app and ship instructions to the automotive both by way of wi-fi CarPlay, which is at the moment obtainable or wi-fi Android Auto, which is approaching manufacturing fashions, although it wasn’t obtainable within the e-tron GT or the RS e-tron GT that I drove. Drivers may join their smartphone via a USB-C port situated within the middle armrest.
I didn’t get to attempt the MyAudi app since I’m not an proprietor (it requires tying the automobile’s VIN to the app to make sure that privateness is maintained), however Audi says that drivers can plan a route on their MyAudi app, and the system will robotically embrace cost stops alongside the best way to make sure that they arrive with loads of battery in reserve.
For these luxurious consumers who desire a bit extra assist to make a seamless transition to an all-electric luxurious automotive, Audi is launching what they name Audi Take care of EVs with the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT. At taking part sellers, homeowners will pay a further $999 plus tax to get automobile servicing for 4 years that features high-wear objects like wipers and brake pads, obtainable valet pick-up and drop-off for service appointments, cell service (tire modifications, fundamental upkeep) and, if an proprietor wants it, as much as 10 free tows to an Audi middle per yr. Audi can also be providing seven free days of leases from Audi by Silvercar with the acquisition of an e-tron GT or a RS e-tron.
That digital cockpit, although
The e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT mix options from each the e-tron (the SUV) and the Audi R8, and each GTs get twin screens that supply tons of options for drivers and passengers. The 12.3-inch digital cockpit in entrance of the driving force is very customizable, like it’s on most trendy Audis right now, providing every part from map views to battery standing entry with few easy inputs on the steering wheel.
The system makes navigating a breeze and drivers or passengers can use voice management to set locations by merely urgent the button on the steering wheel and giving the automotive an handle, focal point or metropolis.
The voice system is surprisingly strong and whereas it was a bit laggy once I used it, it acknowledges pure language inputs and verbally prompts the speaker to make use of particular phrases when selecting between two choices — say canceling a route and placing in a brand new vacation spot versus making a stopover. By no means as soon as did I’ve to attempt a number of instances to get the system to acknowledge what I needed to do.
The ten.1-inch infotainment system within the middle console provides every part from drive mode choice to particular Audi apps, navigation choices, non-obligatory therapeutic massage, warmth and cooled seats, and far more.
The Audi MMI middle display is contact capacitive and customers can drag and drop icons round, permitting homeowners and their passengers to customise the house display in any method. The seat heater, cooler and the therapeutic massage can all be run on the similar time, ought to somebody so want (and have the best tools), all from the MMI.
Perhaps just a bit flash?
Each GTs are pushing $100,000, and for that, some consumers might want just a bit bit extra razzle dazzle.
For the launch yr, Audi is providing one expensive, however particular choice on the RS e-tron GT: the 12 months One package deal. For $20,350, homeowners get the “carbon efficiency” package deal with options like carbon-fiber trim, illuminated door sills, black badges and rear-wheel steering, together with particular 21-inch wheels, crimson ceramic brake calipers, crimson seatbelts and crimson stitching inside.
For many who need the status, energy and superior expertise of a luxurious model, in an electrical halo grand tourer that doesn’t (essentially) include all of the flash, the 2022 Audi e-tron GT and Audi RS e-tron GT match the invoice. Each are on sale now.