2022 Audi e-tron GT and RS GT Make Us Overlook They’re EVs


Someplace between Los Angeles and the desert-like canyon nation north of the town, the Audi e-tron GT Quattro ceased to be an electrical automotive. Not actually, in fact. Its 83.7-kWh battery pack saved sending electrons to the motors on every axle, which mix to provide 496 horsepower (522 in overboost mode) and 464 pound-feet of torque (472 throughout overboost). However whereas cruising at extra-legal speeds, we had been struck by how this Audi’s goodness as a automotive overshadowed its technique of propulsion.

In typical vehicles, the tall high gears of recent computerized transmissions largely silence the combustion occasions taking place underneath the hood. So, when an EV hushes alongside at 85 mph or so and unfurls the lonesome two-lane expanses of the West, the truth that it is motivated by electrical energy as an alternative of gasoline would not appear terribly related. It does develop into a bit extra essential if the battery is depleted and also you lack a stable recharging plan. In case you’re vary anxious about discovering someplace to recharge, the e-tron GT is rated for 238 miles and the 590-hp (637 in overboost) RS e-tron GT mannequin is nice for 232 miles, each of that are far in need of the Tesla Mannequin S’s EPA vary.

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Stand on the GT’s accelerator and also you’re immediately reminded that there are electrical motors at play. The torque supply is akin to the sensation you get while you maintain a daily automotive in gear proper at its engine’s torque peak. Hit it, and increase, immediate shove. An upshift from the rear-mounted two-speed gearbox occurs at about 60 mph, which is able to remind some readers of an previous three-speed computerized’s one-two shift. Audi claims a 3.9-second run to 60 mph for the GT and three.1 seconds for the RS GT. As with the Audi’s platform-mate, the Porsche Taycan, these acceleration occasions are repeatable, supplied you already know the launch-control code—Dynamic mode, laborious on the brake, accelerator to the ground. A whoosh accompanies the shove into the leather-based seat. (A vinyl- and microsuede-covered inside, marketed as being leather-based free, is normal.)

The mass of the battery ideas the GT’s curb weight previous 5000 kilos, however because the pack is within the flooring, the middle of gravity is low. Think about a 4947-pound Audi RS7 with a keel and also you get the thought. At 55.0-inches tall, the largely aluminum-bodied e-tron GT is low for a contemporary sedan and almost two inches decrease than the RS7. With out gears to decide on, the GT and RS twins stay on the prepared for regardless of the Angeles Crest and Forest highways throw at them.

Go for the RS model and also you get summer season tires, however even on the e-tron GT’s all-season rubber, the usual three-chamber air springs preserve the physique flat and the dealing with safe with out being boring. Though the steering is correct and will get the nostril pointed with unerring precision—and the numerous drive modes can modify the hassle—not numerous suggestions comes via the wheel. Positive, the common GT’s all-seasons howl in protest once they start to understeer however add energy and the system sends torque rearward and divides it as essential to the left or proper wheels to cancel the gentle push in corners. What you’re feeling, moreover confidence, is a return to your supposed path round an apex. The RS performs the identical trick, however its summer season tires present extra grip with a bit much less squeal.

Supplied you shut off the steadiness management, the rear finish’s potential to ship energy to the left and proper will even indulge the aggressive driver by organising an easy-to-control, power-on drift. Being (largely) prudent adults, we saved such experimentation to the airstrip that Audi rented for us to securely expertise the RS’s zero-to-100-mph acceleration. Hauling these Audis down from velocity are 14.2-inch entrance brake rotors on the common GT and 16.1-inch tungsten carbide-coated items on the RS. Ought to that not be sufficient, the RS provides 16.5-inch carbon-ceramic jobs up entrance. Sturdy and fade-free, a few downhill sections within the canyons required a more durable push on the brake pedal, a reminder that rapidly decelerating 5000 kilos requires numerous power.

Utilizing the brakes within the GT and RS GT is one thing you may do quite a bit. In contrast to some rivals, Audi would not supply a one-pedal driving mode. The utmost regeneration mode (activated by the left “shift” paddle on the steering column) would not sluggish the automotive down a lot. Audi proffers that coasting is extra environment friendly than maximizing regeneration. The web impact is that you simply drive the 2 e-tron sedans extra like a traditional gas-powered automotive, one more reason it is simple to disregard what’s propelling you while you’re behind the wheel.

Designers put numerous thought into profiting from Audi’s (and Porsche’s) EV platform. Not solely is the roofline low, however the cockpit and greenhouse are narrower than the physique. It is a visible trick utilized by the Porsche 911 that leads to a stability of class and aggression. Vast rear fenders circulate rearward to A7-like taillights. Wheel sizes begin at 20 inches; RS fashions supply a 21-inch possibility.

The comparatively slim cockpit is clear while you’re inside. Entrance-seat house is beneficiant, however the roof looms shut and the glass space is small for a sedan. The view out the again is restricted, however after a number of miles you modify to it. In case you’re pondering it is as dangerous as a Chevrolet Camaro, it isn’t. Rear-seat house is also in brief provide, and the smallish door openings and low physique make getting out and in a bit of harder than it’s in an RS7.

An RS7 additionally sounds significantly higher than each the e-tron GT and RS. Audi engineers did attempt varied gadgets—together with a didgeridoo—to offer their electrical sedans a soundtrack. Underneath laborious acceleration there is a hushed roar and the amount will increase in essentially the most aggressive Dynamic mode, but it surely pales subsequent to how the roar of the RS7’s twin-turbo V-8 fires the synapses in your lizard mind.

Selecting between Audi’s new electrical sedans and its 591-hp RS7 is made much more troublesome by how the pricing sandwiches the $115,545 fuel automotive between the 2. Earlier than any incentives or tax credit, the e-tron GT begins at $100,945 and the RS opens at $140,945. Although the e-tron GT is so good that we briefly forgot it was an electrical, as new internal-combustion automobiles develop into rarer sights we’re nonetheless going to select them till we will not. So far as evaluating it to the ridiculously fast, 1020-hp Mannequin S Plaid, we might like to reply that nagging query too. As quickly as we get a Plaid to check, we’ll let you already know.

Specs

Specs

2022 Audi e-tron GT

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

PRICE

Base: GT, $100,945; RS GT, $140,945

POWERTRAIN

Entrance Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 235 hp, 221 lb-ft

Rear Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 429 or 450 hp, 251 or 406 lb-ft

Mixed Energy: 522 or 637 hp

Mixed Torque: 472 or 612 lb-ft

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

Onboard Charger: 9.6 kW

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

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 114.1–114.2 in

Size: 196.4 in

Width: 77.3 in

Peak: 55.0 in

Passenger Quantity: 91 ft3

Trunk Quantity: 11 ft3

Curb Weight (C/D est): 5100–5200 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)

60 mph: 3.0–3.6 sec

100 mph: 6.6–8.2 sec

1/4-Mile: 11.1–12.0 sec

Prime Pace: 152–155 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 81–82/79–81/82–83 MPGe

Vary: 232–238 mi

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