The whole world is looking EV cars as the new market. Audi has always been fond of EV's, But now they have just raised the benchmarks with the unveiling of the E-Tron GT and RS E-Tron GT.
In terms of the design, the latest Etron resembles to the 2018 concept, with almost same dimensions, stance, roofline and low bonnet.
There is also a reframing of Audi's single frame grille on the GT where the honeycomb pattern grille is painted in the body colour with a black surround. Rather than cooling, the grille’s main purpose is to hide a number of sensors used by the car’s assist systems. Other design details include LED headlights and tail-lights with animations for the ‘coming and leaving home’ function. Wheel sizes range from 19-inch to 21-inch.
The standard E-tron GT quattro features a 238hp electric motor powering the front axle and a 435hp motor at the rear axle providing an all-wheel-drive layout. Both motors produce a total system output of 475hp and 630Nm. However, a boost mode takes peak power to 530hp for 2.5sec when using launch control. The top speed is 245kph, with 0-100kph achievable in 4.1sec.
It uses a 2-speed transmission for the rear motor, with a short-ratio first gear for acceleration and a long-ratio second gear for greater efficiency and high-speed performance.
The battery is an 85kWh (93kWh total) unit mounted low in the car, allowing for a close to 50:50 weight distribution. The official WLTP range has yet to be set, but Audi’s predicted figure is 488km for the base GT.
The E-tron GT’s dashboard is a driver-focused version of the one seen in current Audi sedans. The central stack is tilted towards the driver, while the central tunnel houses a space-saving gear selector switch. Audi has also elected to return to a more traditional, single 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system layout with physical button for the climate control. Other features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, connected car technology and a wide variety of driver assistance and safety systems.
Audi also offers a leather-free design package that uses sustainable materials like Econyl, man-made ‘leather’ and wool-like Kaskade upholstery to name a few. Customers can also opt for a 16-speaker, 710W Bang & Olufsen sound system.
On the outside, barring the RS-specific badging, the design does not differ drastically from the standard model. Audi also offers the Matrix LED headlights with “more dynamic” light animations and larger wheel options of 20-inch and 21-inch.
The main focus has been on upgrading performance. Total system output rises to 598hp and 830Nm of torque, thanks to a more powerful rear electric motor. In boost mode, power rises to 646hp, and the RS E-tron GT is capable of 0-100kph in 3.3sec, with a top speed of 250kph. The estimated range reduces slightly over the standard car, to 472km.
Air suspension is standard on the RS, as are the cast-iron discs with a tungsten carbide coating, mated to 10-piston fixed front calipers.
The Audi E-tron GT is slated to be launched in India towards late-2021, in regular, S and RS trims. Audi is expected to price the E-tron GT on the higher side, with prices likely to start around the Rs 1.6 crore (ex-showroom) mark for the regular model. Once launched, the E-tron GT will compete with the Porsche Taycan. The German carmaker will also launch the E-tron SUV as its first EV in India.
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