With the Audi e-Tron GT Quattro and RS e-Tron GT, which will arrive this spring with prices of 104,500 and 143,500 euros, respectively, Audi has arguably begun the move from passionate driving to the ecologically and politically correct terrain of electric cars. And although he does so with some delay regarding the Porsche Taycan, with which it shares a platform, no one would give for thinking that arrives late to a segment where competition is largely limited to the aforementioned Taycan and the Tesla Model S.

At 4.99 meters long, 1.96 meters wide, and only 1.41 meters high, the thee-Tron GT Quattro (and the RS e-Tron GT differ only in their mechanical performance and some equipment details) It is a long car that does not look clumsy, but rather like a sprinter both on the straight and on the curve. No less than 9.2 million hours of computer design have contributed to drawing its shapes, which have made possible a drag coefficient of just 0.24. The extendable rear spoiler (with two positions, depending on speed), the active aerodynamics (to cool front brakes and radiators), and the flat bottom have been vital in this regard.

NO LESS THAN 9.2 MILLION COMPUTER HOURS HAVE BEEN INVESTED IN THE DESIGN OF THE E-TRON GT

But if there is something about his aesthetics that strongly attracts attention, it is his muscle. And especially the image it projects from behind, which seems to be the one that its designers are most proud of. The protagonist in this sense is very marked shoulders that arise in the rear doors and extend to the pilots, linked together by a band of light from side to side and with dynamic welcome and farewell animations.

But it would be unfair to downplay the gap between the front wings and the doors, which was a condition demanded by aerodynamicists in their search for the least air resistance. And much less to the ‘radiator grill’, which is closed although it has open sections in its six corners, for the first time in the brand it is painted and hides several sensors to give the car greater safety and autonomous capacity. As for the headlights, you can choose between LEDs with dynamic indicators (standard one-Tron GT Quattro), Matrix Led (standard on RS e-Tron GT and optional one-Tron GT Quattro), and HD Matrix Led with laser, which according to the brand doubles the range of the light beam and works only on the road from 70 km / h.

There will be 19 standard one-Tron GT Quattro, 20 (standard on RS), and 21 wheels optional for both, and we are left with the desire to see the RS version dressed in such bold colors such as Turbo Blue or Kyalami Green since as Parys Cybulski, responsible for exterior design under the mandate of Marc Lichte, Audi head of design, wanted to give their aesthetics a differentiated personality compared to the range that is currently available It sells and this line is the new Tactical Green tone, which completes a palette of nine colors. What surprises us that they are not going to mount two such technological models are the Audi Virtual Mirrors, and perhaps the reason for this absence is that in thee-Tron SUV they have shown that they require time to adapt on the part of their driver.

And, contemplating the whole of its image, and given that Audi has a tradition in family versions, we wonder if the firm with the four rings is studying the possibility of creating a shooting brake, or stylized family.

So we asked their German representatives, but they told us that it would be discussed in due course interior of the Audi e-Tron GT will ring to youThe interior has the unmistakable stamp of Audi, with the Audi virtual cockpit plus display behind the wheel and the MMI touch system in the center, slightly lower than the clock frame and slightly oriented towards the driver. There is a central console, although there is no gearbox under the driver’s right arm and in this sense, Cybulski himself acknowledged that at no time did they consider leaving this space between the seats unoccupied since they consider it very important to locate various controls (for example, the gear selector).

It is appreciated that Audi has kept physical buttons for the climate control of three zones (optional of four), and to give more space for the driver contributes the flattened lower part of the steering wheel. Width, of course, is no problem in a car like thee-Tron GT Quattro, which even if it is a Gran Turismo has five seats. And here behind it has been achieved that the fall of the coupe-type roof does not pose a problem to drivers of 1.80 meters and even somewhat higher.

The key is that the battery leaves behind two wide free holes in the ground, one in each of the areas for the feet of these occupants. Thus it has been possible to place the rear bench a little lower without reducing the comfort of the occupants and allowing them not to mess up with the roof. The roof, by the way, is offered in a heat-insulating glass as standard, so that if we want it closed the only possibility is in a carbon package to be made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP).

the signature of the four rings they have taken the opportunity to include other packages that satisfy the most ecological. It can of course be ordered with natural leather upholstery, but also with a leather-free package that includes artificial leather produced with polyester fibers extracted from plastic bottles textile materials, and other residual vibes a Dinamica microfiber reminiscent of Alcantara and a material called Kaskade with a wool-like feel.

All this is combined with a finish in graphite gray palladium silver (for the RS) open-pore walnut, or carbon in a matte finish. As for the trunk, the rear volume offers 405 liters, which is enough although somewhat fair for the normal luggage of four or five passengers, and to this is added an 85-liter front compartment, although this, with the large suitcase flexible where the charger cable is stored, it is already largely occupied.

TWO VERSIONS: E-TRON GT

And RS e-Tron GTThe Audi e-Tron GT Quattro has a 238 hp front engine and a rear 435 hp engine. Together, both engines release 476 hp, although if we activate the Launch Control we have a power of 530 hp and a maximum torque of 630 Nm for a maximum of two seconds.

The RS e-Tron GT, for its part, mounts the same engine on the front axle, but the rear is capable of developing 456 hp so that the combined power rises continuously to 598 hp if we do not activate the Launch Control, at which point the force shoots up to 646 hp. The performance allows the passage from 0 to 100 in 4.1 seconds for the e-Tron GT Quattro and 3.3 seconds for the RS e-Tron GT, along with top speeds of 245 and 250 km / h, respectively.

Along with the rear engine (both the front and rear take up very little space) is a gearbox with two speeds. Thee-Tron GTs almost always start directly with the second gear, and it is only when we are looking for really dizzying accelerations that the first is engaged. The paddles located behind the wheel are not to choose between one ratio or another, but to choose between two different levels of recovery (you can also select the automatic mode so that the car chooses the most appropriate when we have selected the mode Dynamic.

The deceleration can reach 0.3 G, so in most cases offered by normal driving, it will not be necessary to press the brakes. If on the other hand, we have not selected this passionate driving program the normal thing is that when you take your foot off the accelerator the car activates the driving mode by inertia. In any case, the car has the Predictive Efficiency Assistant, which uses navigation data and information from outdoor sensors to switch between inertia and energy recovery as appropriate.

IN AUDI, THEY SAY THAT THEE-TRON GT WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER A RANGE OF MORE THAN 488 KM, ALTHOUGH THIS DATA IS STILL PENDING APPROVAL.

Attached to the bodywork utilizing 28 screws, the 396-cell battery grouped into 33 modules offers a gross power of 93 kWh 86 kWh net. Audi assures that it will be able to offer a range of more than 488 km although this data is pending homologation and in any case, the consumption also provisional, differs for the two models with 22.6-19.9 kWh / 100 km for the basic model and 22.7-20.6 for the most powerful.

This battery has four independent cooling circuits that can be interconnected according to the battery’s cooling needs, and an 11 kW charger is offered to charge it, although the option of another 22 kW will be added later that will allow charges of up to 270 kW, which would be enough to recharge the battery from 5% to 80% in 23 minutes or to guarantee us 100 more km of travel in just over five minutes. In this sense, Audi recommends using the e-Tron route planner since if the car knows that we are going to stop to recharge at a certain point it begins to cool the battery half an hour earlier so that the recharge is faster.

With a very low center of gravity and 50% weight distribution for each axle, the steering, suspension, and braking work only promise more emphasis to a spirit that is already announced sporty. As for the steering, which Audi assures that is quite direct, the prominence falls on its optional steering system on the rear axle, which rotates up to a maximum of 2.8 degrees and improves stability in curves at high speed orienting itself to the same side as the front wheels but allowing a better turning angle at tight angles facing the opposite side.

The suspensions, meanwhile, are made of superimposed triangles, with almost all their components made of forged or cast aluminum to save weight. Optionally it can be adaptive (standard on the RS), so that it goes down to 22 mm and rises to 20 mm, and through Audi drive select we can vary its response depending on whether we choose the Comfort, Efficiency, Dynamic modes o Individual. In Efficiency mode the body crouches to offer less drag and speed is limited to 140 km / h, while in Dynamic the power delivery to the rear axle is predominant.

And concerning the brakes, in the RS version, the discs with tungsten carbide coating are fitted as standard on request in the e-Tron GT Quattro, which in addition to improving braking performance makes them more resistant and prevents Corrosion, a problem that stalks many electric discs given the little use made of the brakes. Still, carb ceramic discs are available on both models. Added to this is a rear differential lock with pre-set values ​​for both advance and hold, so it makes minor interventions on the brakes to improve traction and stability. But this element standard on the most powerful is optional on the e-Tron GT Quattro.

AN ELECTRIC THAT SOUNDS

Audi has also explained to us the very creative process by which they create artificial sounds in this case to give thee-Tron GT acoustic presence. They use any element, record it and manipulate it until they find what they are looking for. There are three sounds available the Comfort profile cutting edge that of the Dynamic, which they claim reveals greater power, and the one offered by the optional e-Tron sport sound, which transmits greater aggressiveness both to the exterior and interior.

Thee-Tron GT in its two variants is already being manufactured at the German plant in Neckarsulm, where the R8 also comes from. It is expected that more or less half of the units produced will go to the North American market the USA and Canada. The UK is also confident that it is a country with high demand while in Europe Norway will be the country that predictably reaches the highest sales.