2022 Audi e-tron GT Feels Like a Sports Sedan Should

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Audi’s e-tron GT sedan follows the same path because the e-tron mid-size SUV. The four-ring model got down to make this EV appear and feel identical to the Audi sports activities sedans we all know and love, in the identical manner the e-tron apes Audi’s standard gas-powered crossovers. However a sports activities sedan is an entire lot extra thrilling than a luxurious SUV, and the 522-hp e-tron GT is well as satisfying as the very best V-8-powered Audi four-doors, just like the RS7 and RS6, each when it comes to efficiency and driving really feel.

This time round, we examined the bottom model, which is hardly plebian. Lining up neatly with the Porsche Taycan’s 4S configuration, the e-tron GT begins at $103,895 and comes normal with entrance and rear electrical motors producing a complete of 522 horsepower. It shares its platform, two-speed gearbox, and battery pack with the Porsche, though its low-slung physique and extra conventional inside are each uniquely Audi.

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

HIGHS: Pleasing driving demeanor, acquainted Audi inside, putting appears to be like.

You’ll be able to spend an additional $40,000 for the much more highly effective RS model of the e-tron GT, which has 637 horsepower and a few chassis tweaks. However we most likely would not. Although the RS e-tron GT impressively broke the three.0-second barrier to 60 mph in our testing, the non-RS remains to be a lot fast and achieved a 3.6-second end in the identical check. A sub-12.0-second quarter-mile run cannot be thought-about sluggish in any universe, and the e-tron GT managed 11.9 seconds at a lure pace of 119 mph.

Even higher is the best way the e-tron GT rewards the motive force. The steering is gentle, correct, and progressive, and the damping is expertly tuned. It has fairly a distinct driving character than the Taycan, which has heavier steering and a firmer suspension. Many people most popular the e-tron’s extra delicate demeanor and compliant journey, however the Audi’s leads to our dealing with and braking exams did path the Porsche’s. Sporting much less aggressive Pirelli Cinturato tires in contrast with the Taycan 4S’s Pirelli P Zero rubber, the Audi gripped to the tune of 0.90 g across the skidpad and stopped from 70 mph in 159 toes. These are completely respectable numbers however path the Taycan’s 1.03 g’s and 147 toes.

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

EPA scores solely present a small distinction in estimated vary between the e-tron GT RS and non-RS fashions, as each have the identical battery pack. That performed out in our testing, the place the e-tron GT achieved 240 miles of vary, the identical outcome because the RS on our 75-mph real-world freeway check. That makes the Audi the uncommon EV that beats its EPA-estimated vary, which is 238 miles for the bottom automobile and 232 miles for the RS.

LOWS: Efficiency trails the Taycan, however it’s priced almost the identical.

Whereas Porsche packs the Taycan’s cockpit filled with screens to create a futuristic atmosphere, the e-tron GT truly has fewer screens assaulting your eyeballs than lots of Audi’s non-electric fashions do. A digital gauge cluster and 10.1-inch touchscreen are acquainted from the A6 and A7, however as an alternative of the haptic display decrease down on the sprint that controls HVAC features, the e-tron GT has a easy array of toggle switches and arduous buttons. We admire Audi’s restraint right here, and the one mark of weirdness is the bar-shaped shifter that slides forwards and backwards to activate reverse, impartial, and drive.

Michael SimariAutomobile and Driver

In any other case, the e-tron GT is refreshingly single-minded in its pursuit of sports-sedan greatness with out overemphasizing its variations from a traditional gasoline automobile. It’s no less than as compelling because the Porsche Taycan with which it shares its platform, powertrain, and electrical structure. And it had higher be, as a result of it is almost as costly, too, which can shock many consumers who assume that Porsches reside in a better echelon than Audis. Then once more, Audi’s obtainable choices are far much less quite a few than Porsche’s, that means that our almost absolutely loaded e-tron GT with Status and Efficiency packages stickered for $121,690, whereas the Taycan 4S we beforehand examined rang in at $143,690 with an extended record of extras.

Both manner, there isn’t any denying that e-tron GT is a expensive proposition. However it’s also one in all our favourite EVs to drive—and maybe one in all our favourite sports activities sedans, interval.

Specs

Specs

2022 Audi e-tron GT quattro

Automobile Kind: front- and rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $103,895/$121,690

Choices: Status bundle – contains adaptive cruise management w/lane steering, Bang & Olufsen premium sound, head-up show, top-view digicam, twin pane acoustic aspect glass, heated rear seats, multi-colored inside ambient lighting, $7200; Efficiency bundle – contains dynamic steering, rear-wheel steering, e-torque vectoring plus, HD matrix LED headlights, Black Optic exterior trim, $6000; Full leather-based inside – additionally contains 18-way energy seats w/therapeutic massage, ventilated entrance RS sport seats, heated multifunction steering wheel w/flat backside, $4000; Suzuka Grey metallic paint, $595

POWERTRAIN

Entrance Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC

Rear Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC

Mixed Energy: 522 hp

Mixed Torque: 472 lb-ft

Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 83.7 kWh

Onboard Charger: 11.0 kW

Transmissions, F/R: direct-drive/2-speed computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: management arms/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 14.2-in vented disc/14.1-in vented disc

Tires: Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue ELECT

F: 245/45R-20 103Y Additional Load NF0

R: 285/40R-20 108Y Additional Load NF0

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 114.1 in

Size: 196.4 in

Width: 77.3 in

Top: 55.6 in

Passenger Quantity: 91 ft3

Trunk Quantity, F/R: 2/9 ft3

Curb Weight: 5148 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 3.6 sec

100 mph: 8.5 sec

1/4-Mile: 11.9 sec @ 119 mph

130 mph: 14.4 sec
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 4.0 sec

High Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.8 sec

High Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.2 sec

High Pace (gov): 152 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 159 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 326 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.90 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

75-mph Freeway Vary: 240 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 82/81/83 MPGe

Vary: 238 mi

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED


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