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Welcome to our Audi e-tron GT EV profile!
The Audi e-tron GT is a battery-electric four-door sedan based on the J1 platform, which it shares with the Porsche Taycan. It’s the third fully electric vehicle (EV) in the e-tron sub-brand, after the e-tron and e-tron Sportback.
Audi e-tron GT Overview
Audi unveiled its prototype of the e-tron GT at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The e-tron GT went on sale in the spring of 2021 for the 2021 model year.
The GT has a sporty appearance, advanced technology and extremely high acceleration, especially for a production car. Some limitations include its limited range and narrow cockpit, especially when combined with its low roofline, which can make it difficult for rear passengers to enter and exit the vehicle.
Audi e-tron GT EVU Hot Take
- Brilliant acceleration
- One of the most stunning Audis outside of an R8
- Interior on par or better than rivals
- Range is on the shorter side
- Interior can feel tight to some
- Lack of one-pedal driving
Audi e-tron GT Versions
The 2022 e-tron GT is available in three trims. These include the Premium Plus, Prestige and RS. Starting prices are around $106,395, $112,795 and $145,395, respectively. 19-inch tires are standard on the Premium Plus trim.
The Prestige options package costs about $7,200 over the “base” Premium Plus model and includes a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, adaptive cruise control with lane guidance, heads-up display (HUD), top-view camera, heated rear seats, dual-pane acoustic side glass and multi-colored interior ambient lighting.
The RS variant has various features that improve its performance, primarily stronger motors. This performance package costs an additional $6,000 and includes Audi’s e-torque Vectoring Plus feature, rear-wheel steering and dynamic steering. It also adds HD matrix LED headlights and Black Optic exterior trim.
The RS option for a full leather interior costs $4,000 and includes powered sport seats in the front with 18 positions, massage capability and ventilation. A heated multifunction steering wheel with a flat bottom is also part of this package. The standard tires for the RS e-tron GT are 21-inch 265/35Z Goodyear Eagle Asymmetric 5 tires. Additional choices for paint include metallic colors for an addition $600.
The significant increase in horsepower will make the RS preferable for performance enthusiasts, but most buyers might consider the mid-level Prestige for its mixture of features and value.
Audi e-tron GT Interior
The front seats of the e-tron GT sit low to the ground, resulting in a sporty driving position. The rear seats have an outboard style with plenty of leg room, but the head room is more restrictive. The middle seat is more perfunctory than functional. The GT has luggage space behind the rear seats and under the hood, commonly known as a frunk.
The standard interior of the Audi e-tron GT combines decorative and functional elements. For example, its angular dashboard includes multiple digital displays and upscale trim.
It has options for a leather interior with many choices of colors, in addition to a leather-free interior that uses recycled materials. Luxury interior options of the e-tron GT include heated and cooled front seats with massage functions, ambient interior lighting and a head-up display (HUD).
Audi e-tron GT Exterior
The production Audi e-tron GT has a significantly different exterior from the concept version. It now has the silhouette of a sports coupe, although it’s actually a four-door sedan. For example, the GT has a gently sloping roofline and one-piece taillights connected by a luminous strip. The production version also has visible door handles, which the concept e-tron GT lacks.
The dimensions of the GT clearly show it to be a full-size sedan, with its 196.4-inch length, 77.3-inch width, 54.9-inch height and 114.2-inch wheelbase. Its interior volume is similarly spacious, with a passenger volume of 92 cubic feet (ft) and trunk volume of 12 cf. The GT has a curb weight of 5,171 pounds (lbs.), much of which is due to the batteries.
The suspension system consists of control arms in the front and a multilink system in the rear. The brakes for both the front and rear wheels are vented, cross-drilled carbon-ceramic discs, 16.5 inches in the front and 16.1 inches in the rear.
Audi e-tron GT Infotainment
The infotainment system of the e-tron GT is visually appealing and includes plenty of popular content, although it places less emphasis on touchscreens than the e-tron SUV and A7 sedan. Drivers can operate the 10.1-inch central touchscreen with controls on the steering wheel and voice commands.
Additional features of the GT’s infotainment system include a premium 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, wireless charging and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot.
Audi e-tron GT: Coming Soon in 2023
The base trim of the Audi e-tron GT will have options for features that were previously available only on higher trims, including the 21-inch tires and Bang & Olufsen sound system from the RS trim. The Executive package for the base trim will now include heated rear seats and LED interior lighting.
All versions of the GT will have a charging port on each of the front fenders, rather than just one port on the driver’s side fender. The front grille that was grayed out on 2022 models will have the same color as the body in 2023. A few other minor updates will also appear on the 2023 e-tron GT, including stronger wheel arches, bolder styling on the headlights and a hexagonal radiator grille.
Audi e-tron GT Powertrain
The Audi e-tron GT power train is fully electric, with a dual-motor all-wheel-design (AWD) design that provides each axle with its own permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor. This configuration results in an electrical version of the Audi Quattro’s AWD system.
The maximum sustained output of the e-tron GT is 469 horsepower (hp), but it can temporarily boost its output to 522 hp. The RS e-tron GT has a maximum sustained output of 590 hp and torque of 612 pound-feet (lb-ft), and a short-term boost to 637 hp. The RS also provides a smooth ride and stable handling during performance driving.
The e-tron GT uses an innovative direct-drive transmission with two speeds to convert the motors’ power to acceleration. The first gear is for rapid acceleration at launch, while the second gear optimizes energy efficiency.
Audi e-tron GT Battery
All versions of the Audi e-tron GT have a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery with a maximum capacity of 93.4 kilowatt-hours (kWh), of which 84 kWh is usable. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) official estimate of the base model’s range is 238 miles, while the RS model has an EPA-estimated range of 232 miles.
Real-world testing on a highway showed an actual range of 240 miles for both versions, somewhat outperforming the EPA’s official numbers. This EV range is well short of other cars in the GT class, including the Model S and Lucid Air.
However, the e-Tron GT is one of the fastest charging EVs currently available, due to its 270-kW DC fast charger. Audi claims that it can recharge the battery 5 to 80 percent of its capacity in 23 minutes. This model also has an 11.0-kW onboard charger.
Audi e-tron GT Efficiency
The EPA has assigned a figure of 33.7 kWh to the energy content of a typical gallon of fuel, allowing it to compare the energy efficiency between EV and vehicles with internal combustion engines.
The base Audi e-tron GT has a Miles Per Gallon equivalent (MPGe) efficiency of 79 in the city and 82 on the highway, for a combined efficiency of 81 MPGe. Real-world testing at 75 mph shows an actual energy efficiency of 83 MPGe for the RS on the highway, and a combined efficiency of 81 MPGe.
Audi e-tron GT Performance
The e-tron GT accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while the RS e-tron GT does so in 3.1 seconds, according to Audi. However, real-world testing by Car and Driver with the RS e-tron GT shows a 0 to 60-mph time of 2.9 seconds and 0 to 100-mph time of 6.9 seconds. The time for the standing quarter mile was 11.0 seconds with a finishing speed of 127 mph. The maximum lateral acceleration on a 300-ft skidpad was 0.93 g.
The top speed of the e-tron GT isn’t limited by a governor, as it is for many EVs. The top speed for the base model is 152 mph, while the RS e-tron GT tops out at 155 mph. The RS version brakes to a stop from 70 mph in 157 ft, and takes 311 ft to stop from 100 mph.
The GT’s advanced cooling system keeps the battery pack at its optimum operating temperature, allowing it to make repeated runs without the heat-related performance degradation common in many EVs.
Audi e-tron GT Braking
Regenerative braking is a standard feature of the e-tron line, as it is for most current EVs. This feature diverts power from the motors when you ease off the accelerator, and uses it to recharge the batteries. Controls on the steering wheel paddles allow you to change the settings for regenerative braking, which primarily determines how aggressively the car decelerates during this process.
EV makers are increasingly likely to provide only one pedal for both acceleration and braking, but the sporty RS has the traditional two pedals for cars with automatic transmission. This feature gives the RS a more natural feel when braking, especially for drivers not used to one-pedal driving.
Audi e-tron GT Safety
The e-tron GT has many types of driver-assistance technology, including adaptive cruise control. It also has remote self-parking assistance, which allows you to park the car with a smartphone app. Additional safety features of the e-tron GT include the following:
- Automated emergency braking
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Forward-collision warning
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-keeping assistance
- Rear cross-traffic alert
Audi e-tron GT Warranties
Audi provides a warranty package that’s competitive with other luxury EVs. For example, the limited warranty covers the first four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The powertrain has its own warranty for eight years or 100,000 miles. The electrical components are also covered for eight years or 100,000 miles.