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2022 Audi e-tron GT review: Our expert's take
Competes with: Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S
Looks like: An A7 from the future
Powertrain: Two electric motors and a 93.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack paired with a two-speed transmission; combined output is 469 horsepower or 590 hp in uplevel RS versions
Hits dealerships: Summer 2021
Audi revealed an all-new electric sedan that it said will “shape the future of premium mobility.” The 2022 E-Tron GT resembles the concept revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, retaining its forebear’s sleek silhouette, huge wheels, dynamic face and muscular proportions.
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The E-Tron GT will be available in regular and amped-up RS versions when it goes on sale this summer.
Outside, the E-Tron GT is long and lean with a low-slung roof and aerodynamic profile augmented by a chiseled body, muscular rear haunches and an aggressive face. Design highlights include an inverted version of Audi’s single-frame grille with a honeycomb design along with available HD Matrix-design headlights with Audi’s laser technology. The E-Tron GT rides on standard 20-inch alloy wheels with gray accents and five double spokes apiece.
RS models wear a lightweight, high-strength roof made from five layers of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic; Audi says it’s a first for the automaker as well as a class-exclusive feature. The RS model comes with standard 20-inch five-spoke Aero wheels or available 21-inch wheels.
The sedan seats four occupants, and the focus inside is on sustainability. The standard leather-free interior uses recycled materials for the seats and surfaces; Nappa leather is available.
Other cabin features include Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit and a version of the automaker’s 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen multimedia system; it’s angled toward the driver for more of a cockpit-like feel.
Engine and Transmission
All-wheel drive is standard, and power comes from two electric motors paired with a two-speed transmission; the motors draw power off a 93.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Combined output is 469 horsepower or, with a launch-control overboost feature, 522 hp for 2.5 seconds. Audi says the E-Tron GT sprints from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 152 mph.
RS models have a stronger rear motor and a combined 590 hp rating, or 637 hp with the temporary boost. The E-Tron RS scoots from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
The E-Tron GT can charge at up to 270 kilowatts using a DC fast charger, which can charge the battery pack to 80% from 5% in about 22 minutes. Audi estimates regular models are good for 238 miles of range and RS versions can get 232 miles, but EPA estimates have not been published as of this writing. That’s higher than competitor Porsche Taycan 4’s 199-mile range but short of Tesla’s forthcoming Model S refresh, which can go as high as a Tesla-claimed 520 miles (current versions are EPA-rated between 334 and 387 miles).
The E-Tron GT in base Premium Plus trim will start at $99,900 and Prestige models start at $107,100. The E-Tron RS starts at $139,900. That’s in line with the Taycan’s $103,000 starting price and in line with the Model S (about $80,000 to $140,000 as of Jan. 28 — though, like all things Tesla, that’s subject to change). All E-Tron prices exclude destination as well as the available $7,500 electric vehicle federal tax incentive.
Up next is the Audi Q4 E-Tron; Audi says it will join the lineup this year.
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