The Audi e-tron GT serves because the poster automotive of Ingolstadt’s electrical automobile (EV) collection and was first revealed manner again in February 2021, earlier than ultimately reaching our shores in the midst of 2023. Obtainable in three variants, the e-tron GT vary begins with the quattro and is adopted by the quattro with the Dynamic Bundle, whereas on the very high sits the RS variant.
On the time of scripting this overview, Audi Malaysia lists the e-tron GT quattro Dynamic Bundle with a retail value of RM677,790 OTR with out insurance coverage, or RM690,790 with the Audi Assurance Bundle (AAP). The latter extends the producer guarantee to 5 years (from two years) and provides a three-year, 45,000-km upkeep bundle. Step as much as the RS e-tron GT and the asking value rises to RM804,790, or RM819,790 with AAP – the usual quattro seems to be lacking for now.
These figures are “engaging” due to ongoing EV incentives supplied by the federal government, so is the e-tron GT price contemplating? Properly, Audi Malaysia introduced us the possibility to take the EV on a highway journey to Ipoh and we have been even supplied the chance to drive it on the Sepang Worldwide Circuit (SIC) within the days after. Listed below are our ideas.
What’s the e-tron GT?
It’s what Iron Man drove in Avengers: Endgame! That’s already a fairly good place to begin for a pitch however we will’t simply go together with that. As talked about in the beginning, the e-tron GT is the halo mannequin of Audi’s e-tron vary, which initially began when the e-tron SUV first made its debut again in 2018 – this has since been renamed to the Q8 e-tron to make the line-up simpler to know for patrons.
The e-tron GT shares the J1 platform with the Porsche Taycan, so it will get the identical goodies like a 2,900-mm wheelbase in addition to an 800-volt electrical structure to allow fast DC charging. On all variants, the e-tron GT helps DC charging at a max of 270 kW, which will get the 93.4-kWh lithium-ion battery (internet determine; gross is 83.7 kWh) from a 5-80% state of cost in simply 22.5 minutes. There’s additionally AC charging at as much as 11 kW, however a full cost with that takes 9 hours – you may get 22 kW with the Dynamic Bundle that drops the cost time to 4 hours.
The battery powers a pair of electrical motors, with the common quattro variant serving up a complete system output of 476 PS (469 hp or 350 kW) and 630 Nm of torque. That is good for a 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 seconds and a high pace of 245 km/h. There’s additionally an obtainable enhance mode that briefly bumps the output to 530 PS (523 hp or 390 kW) and 640 Nm to additional scale back the century dash time to only 4.1 seconds.
The RS model will get even larger outputs of 598 PS (590 hp or 440 kW) and 830 Nm. As with the quattro, there’s a lift mode that will increase peak energy briefly to 646 PS (637 hp or 475 kW) so you may get from 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. Vary takes successful consequently, with the RS offering 447 km in comparison with the quattro with 458 km – each are following the WLTP customary.
What’s it like to love with as a each day?
As a begin, the e-tron GT attracts fairly a little bit of consideration from onlookers who’ve turn into “accustomed” to seeing Taycans roaming round. After all, design is a subjective matter, however I choose the look of the e-tron GT over the Taycan, and a few of my colleagues and pals share this opinion as effectively.
It’s actually not “OTT” nor does it scream “I’m a sporty EV,” however the low-slung stance and comely profile do effectively to draw the eyeballs, with one standout cue for me being the chiseled sections above the rear wheel arches. With the Dynamic Bundle, there’s additionally a carbon-fibre roof, matrix LED headlamps and tungsten carbide-coated brake discs (with painted calipers) that add some glitz to a comparatively delicate design.
At simply 1,414 mm tall, getting out and in generally is a little bit of a problem for these with troubled knees/ankles, however fortunately the sills aren’t overly prolonged that it’s good to “climb” over them. As for the opposite dimensions, the EV occupies a moderately massive footprint with a size of 4,989 mm and width of 1,964 mm.
Nevertheless, whenever you’re inside, the e-tron GT feels “smaller” than the numbers recommend and is moderately simple to manoeuvre and place – reward to Audi for maintaining bodily buttons that present fast entry to the high-res 360-degree digital camera, which was useful when navigating tighter automotive parks.
On that point out, the matter of maintaining bodily controls is up for rivalry. Some might discover them archaic and like to have as many automobile capabilities nestled in a touchscreen to maintain the inside “clear,” which is the case with the Taycan.
However, there are some (me included) preferring having some buttons round for issues used usually, which is the case within the e-tron GT that retains bodily controls for the air-conditioning and different capabilities for straightforward entry – choose a facet within the feedback beneath.
This method of not overloading a driver’s sensory enter additionally sees delicate ambient lighting being utilized and simply two shows contained in the cabin. Infotainment is supplied by the MMI Navigation plus with MMI contact system, the latter within the type of a ten.1-inch touchscreen with help for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Audi’s 12.3-inch digital cockpit is the opposite show, and it continues to offer an honest stage of configurability with crisp graphics and textual content.
Legroom and headroom are considerable on the entrance, however tall individuals (over 170 cm) within the rear would possibly discover it a little bit of squeeze, which isn’t helped by the brief seat base and moderately upright seatback. The fastback form additionally limits the peak of things that may go within the boot, however lengthy, flat-packed furnishings shouldn’t be a lot of a problem with the rear seat bench folded down.
What’s the e-tron GT wish to drive on public roads?
There’s greater than sufficient energy to pin unsuspecting passengers to their seats whatever the variant you go together with. This novelty does put on off after some time – there are restricted areas to do that safely – and when simply trudging round city, the e-tron GT delivers a nice driving expertise. Throttle response is easy, progressive and predictable that you just don’t by accident overdo issues and see excessive triple digits.
In contrast to some EVs, the e-tron GT offers a extra pure really feel that’s extra easing for these coming from a petrol-powered automotive. There’s not even a one-pedal driving mode, with the regenerative braking approaching subtly and harking back to engine braking, even in the event you pull the left paddle to max out regen. Audi says the regen braking is as much as a restrict of 0.3 g, following which hydraulic braking takes over, including the brake pedal is what variates the quantity of regen strain utilized.
To go together with the well-calibrated electrical drivetrain, the e-tron GT additionally offers a moderately snug journey with good compliance over major bumps and decently over secondaries. The odd pothole does unsettle issues momentarily but it surely isn’t jarring and the EV with its well-tuned dampers maintains its composure nearly all the time.
The RS model comes customary with adaptive three-chamber air suspension, which might increase the physique by 20 mm to assist clear larger bumps, or drop by 22 mm for higher effectivity. This technique additionally helps to handle physique lean higher, which is welcomed for such a heavy automotive, with out the overly pillowy really feel. It’s additionally price noting the RS will get rear-wheel steering that does assist scale back the turning radius, useful when navigating a automotive this lengthy.
Driving the usual quattro and RS again to again, there’s a discernible distinction with journey consolation, with the latter offering a extra supple journey because it soaks bumps simply that a lot better. Even so, the non-RS variants are nonetheless spectacular in their very own proper with metal springs, because the adaptive dampers are arrange good.
Heading up north in the direction of Ipoh, the EV covers floor rapidly and is snug to be in (no matter variant), which makes it deserving of the ‘GT’ in its identify. As a each day driver, the e-tron GT’s surprisingly cozy driving expertise betrays the sporty persona that many are led to imagine at first look.
On the matter of potential vary anxiousness, the e-tron GT made all of it the best way to Ipoh with out requiring a recharge alongside the best way, arriving with just below 30% remaining. That is inclusive of a brief stint to reveal its acceleration prowess on a closed part of highway close to Proton Metropolis in Tanjung Malim.
Following the convoy to and from Ipoh, I used to be assured in bringing an e-tron GT quattro tester up Genting Highlands after a fast cost on the Audi showroom in Glenmarie. With the 180 kW DC charger, I bought the battery from 60% to 85% with 14 minutes of charging earlier than making the journey up. On the best way down, cautious use of the brakes to maximise vitality recuperation helped acquire again 5-8% and I used to be residence in Subang Jaya with just below 50% to spare.
What’s the e-tron GT wish to drive on a observe?
Our time with the e-tron GT at SIC was primarily spent with the RS variant, and one of many actions deliberate included an easy acceleration check. Unsurprisingly, the EV is extremely quick off the road, with the 0-100 km/h occasions being very near what was claimed.
Our solely different exercise was a half-track tour of SIC that serves to showcase the dynamic capabilities of the e-tron GT. On the straights, the EV was fast to realize pace as we’ve already recognized, however approaching and taking corners was met with a good bit of warning.
With a kerb weight effectively over two tonnes, there’s no defying physics in relation to slowing the e-tron GT down. It’s a heavy automotive, and the instructors available have been ever able to remind us to get on the brakes early for our security and to make sure we don’t overshoot a nook.
With regards to the twisty bits, there’s some mechanical trickery within the type of a rear differential lock (RS solely) to make sure energy is distributed to wheels with traction, helped additional by the e-torque vectoring and rear-wheel steering (additionally RS solely). It’s a little bit surreal but confidence-inspiring that one thing this huge can take corners at fairly some tempo, however there’s a restrict when the pronounced weight switch begins to really feel unsettling.
The air suspension does its finest to handle physique roll, however there’s solely a lot heft it could possibly put up with earlier than issues begin to really feel a little bit uncontrolled. So as to add, the steering is comparatively gentle and missing in really feel, which makes small changes mid-corner a little bit difficult. That is undoubtedly extra snug doing grand touring issues moderately than the “sports activities automotive in disguise” factor.
Must you purchase the e-tron GT?
There’s no operating away from the truth that these contemplating the e-tron GT will in all probability cross-shop with the Taycan. Each provide formidable efficiency, however there’s a distinction in philosophy in relation to every thing else.
The e-tron GT expertise is extra about ease of use and familiarity. In the event you’ve been in latest Audi fashions, the inside retains to standard controls moderately than burying them beneath layers of menus on a display.
By comparability, the Taycan’s inside goals to be extra futuristic with a bevy of screens and much much less bodily controls, which does contribute to the showroom wow issue. Nevertheless, not everybody desires to dig by means of menus to get to a automobile operate; living proof, adjusting the place the air vents are pointed is finished by means of the central touchscreen.
Moreover, the place the Taycan is geared extra in the direction of being sharper to drive to fulfil the “electrical automobile turns into a sports activities automotive and a sports activities automotive turns into a Porsche.” advertising and marketing tagline, the Audi is extra comfort-oriented whereas offering a extra pure really feel behind the wheel.
If you’d like a snug GT that can be totally electrical, the e-tron GT is the one to have. The query then turns into whether or not to stay with the quattro, step as much as the Dynamic Bundle, or go all out and splurge on the RS. The RS prices RM127k (or RM129k with AAP) greater than the quattro Dynamic Bundle, which is a good bit of cash to commit – the package listing is moderately similar between each.
The RS’ larger outputs are nice in a recreation of high trumps, however in the true world, are you going to be utilizing all that efficiency all the time, safely? The follow-up is whether or not you want the RS-exclusive rear diff lock, rear-wheel steering, air springs and bigger 21-inch wheels.
For me, the quattro with the Dynamic Bundle could be the one to go for. The efficiency is greater than ample and the center floor possibility is succesful in phrases dynamics and journey consolation. You don’t get the carbon-heavy aesthetics of the RS, however there are welcomed enhancements such because the ‘carbid’ brakes, the nicer Nappa leather-based upholstery, the aurally-pleasing Bang & Olufsen sound system, and extra importantly, sooner AC charging at 22 kW (nice information if in case you have a suitable residence charger). I’ll have one in both purple or white.
GALLERY: Audi e-tron GT quattro with Dynamic Bundle
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