If you're a fan of the "Transporter" movies and TV series, then you would know that Audi car models have played a key part in the film. You would have also been impressed by the pretty good acceleration and pickup of the Audi A8 and the Audi S8, as they rolled hard on both paved and unpaved roads all over Europe. But many would dismiss these Audi cars as passé, with Audi's latest addition to its budding range of fully electric cars: the 2022 Audi e-tron GT.
Launched recently, the sleek four-door Audi e-tron GT performance sedan is beautifully elegant, with coupe-like contours and a low roofline. Its design is one of the most striking ones that the German luxury car manufacturer has come up with in years. Not surprising, especially since the Audi e-tron GT sits alongside the top cars in Audi's model hierarchy, in terms of comfort, performance, tech features and pricing.
The 2022 e-tron GT is built to balance high performance with everyday usability, which aims to rival the likes of the Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Model S. Interestingly, this electric sports performance sedan sits on the high-end J1 Performance Platform designed by Porsche for the VW Group. So, the Audi e-tron GT is actually sharing underpinnings with the Porsche Taycan.
Reportedly Audi's most aerodynamic car, the 2022 e-tron GT boasts a drag coefficient of only 0.24 Cd. The GT, or Gran Turismo, influence is clearly evident, as the car dons sporty features such as a long wheelbase, a relatively flat and squat stance, a new lighting design at the rear and the wide rear-wheel arches referred to as "Quattro Blisters"—a feature that's seen in the original Audi Quattro rally car.
Intended as a cross-continent traveler, the 2022 e-tron GT highlights practicality despite its sportscar orientation. It offers ample headroom, can comfortably seat four occupants and has a trunk capacity of 405 liters. If mor space is needed, there's an extra 85L up front. The roominess of the cabin is achieved by the combined cut-out battery and flat battery floor, and the driver-angled central console and dashboard that take on Audi's "lightweight" design philosophy.
The electric performance sedan is available in two models: the regular e-tron GT Quattro and the high-performance RS e-tron GT. Both variants sport a dual-motor all-electric setup that incorporates Audi's new 800-volt electrical architecture for an even-faster charge speed—replenishing the battery from 5% to 80% in just 22.5 minutes. This means, only 5 minutes is needed to charge for 100km range. The 86kWh battery can cover a range of 488km.
The mill is paired with a 2-speed transmission that aids performance, and there's a 2.5-second overboost function. With this powertrain, the base model e-tron GT Quattro European spec can churn up to 476hp of power output and 630Nm of peak torque; the North American spec 469hp and 630Nm (522hp SAE and 640Nm with overboost). The RS e-tron GT can generate as high as 598hp and 830Nm for the European-bound model and 590hp and 830Nm (637hp SAE and 830Nm with overboost) for the North American-bound model.
The e-tron GT Quattro can accelerate to 96.6km in only 3.9 seconds and can reach 245kmph top speed. The e-tron GT RS can do the same in 3.1 sec (or to 100km in 3.3 secs) and run at 255kmph maximum speed.
The GT Quattro utilizes a double-wishbone setup, with lots of aluminum components, as standard, while the GT RS is equipped with adaptive suspension. The 3-chamber air suspension system works in sync with the sports sedan's electronic dampers and is adjustable. These controlled dampers work in tandem with the Audi Drive Select dynamic handling system. With four modes—Comfort, Efficiency, Dynamic, and Individual— to choose from, the Audi e-tron GT's mechanicals all work together to offer excellent driving quality.
The 2022 Audi e-tron GT has an electro-mechanical steering system that maintains a sporty and direct feel without being too abrupt. It comes with an optional all-wheel steering system.
The 2022 Audi e-tron GT is targeted to go on sale in North America some time in June this year, with production taking place in Audi Böllinger Höfe at Neckarsulm, Germany. The e-tron GT Quattro will be offered in two versions— the GT Quattro Premium Plus (USD 99,900, or around PHP 4.8M), the GT Quattro Prestige (USD 107,100 or approx. PHP 5.2M). The performance trim RS GT will sell for USD 139,900 (around PHP 6.8M).
Audi expects strong sales for the 2022 Audi e-tron GT, citing good demand from U.S. and European consumers.