The Audi e-tron shares its platform with the Porsche Taycan, and that is a very, very good thing. As a result it benefits from a state of the art 800V architecture, and massive performance.
On the technical side, you get to play with an 86 kWh battery which feeds two electric motors, one powering the front axle and one for the rear. The rear motor gets a twin speed gearbox which enables that 0-62 time but also boosts efficiency in sustained high speed running. The combined power output is north of 500 bhp which provides predictably ballistic performance.
Officially the e-tron GT will cover 296 miles between charges, and when you do need to stop that 800V architecture comes into its own allowing 270 kW Ultra Rapid charging which translates into 5% – 80% top up in under 23 minutes. Nothing will get you on the road again quicker. AC charging is handled by a standard 11 kW onboard charger, whilst a 22 kW charger is optional.
All of this tech is wrapped in a typically chiseled Audi body which manages to look futuristic and reassuringly familiar all at the same time. That design process is also evident inside where the mix of physical buttons and slick display screens delivers ease of use and the wow factor. It is very well thought out and feels very well screwed together.
Any downsides? Well whilst it looks like it was chiseled from granite, we have a sneaking suspicion that might actually be the case as the GT pummels the scales at over 2.3 tonnes. That weight is very well distributed (50:50) and a lot of it is very low down so it handles much better than you would think but it is always present. The biggest issue is efficiency, yes the GT can be reasonably efficient but with all that weight and all that performance, you do need to be disciplined to get the best from it.
The e-tron GT nails the brief, the key here being GT. It blends mind bending performance with, Ultra Rapid charge capability, supreme refinement, surprising comfort, a very well sorted chassis and great looks. Its biggest competition comes in the form of the Taycan, and we have to say that whilst the Porsche does offer an extra few percent of driver involvement, the Audi is a more accomplished GT. There we have said it, Audi beats Porsche. However you can’t go far wrong by picking either.
Estimated real world range: 220 – 296 miles
Official range: 296 miles
Official electricity consumption: 203 Wh/km
Battery pack: 93.4 kWh (gross) 86 kWh (net) lithium ion; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty
Recharge time: 7 kW charge approx 13 hours; 11 kW charge approx 9 hours; Rapid CCS 50 kW approx 1 hour 15 minutes (5 – 80%); Ultra Rapid CCS 270 kW 23 minutes (5 – 80%)