Audi e-tron GT: Unveiling the future, today

Audi’s fully-electric halo model, the performance-themed e-tron GT, has been officially unveiled internationally and will be available in New Zealand from mid-2021.

The new model line will consist of two iterations – the e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT, fusing e-tron battery electric tech with proven Audi Sport performance.

With a global standard WLTP range of up to 487km, the new e-tron pair represent a new era in zero emission grand touring. 

Audi has unveiled the production version of its e-tron GT. The manufacturer says its new four-door high performance coupe is a demonstration of how fascinating and exciting electric mobility is. 

“The Audi e-tron GT shapes the future of AudiIt combines the style, performance, luxury, useability and commitment to sustainability that defines Audi’s vision of premium mobility,” says Dean Sheed, General Manager, Audi New Zealand 

“New Zealand is a genuine world leader in its take-up of Audi RS models – there is a real love of Audi performance cars in this country. By the same token, Kiwis are famously proud of their environment. The Audi e-tron GT is a major step in the direction of combining incredible performance with a steadfast commitment to sustainability – and I think New Zealanders will appreciate that.” 

Sheed adds that New Zealand drivers will be able to sample the e-tron GT very soon, with the first examples of the new model arriving on Kiwi shores in just a few months’ time. 

Combining perfectly proportioned and dynamic design with futuristic technology, exemplary performance and the manufacturer’s renowned quattro system, Audi says the e-tron GT embodies its vision for the future of electric mobilitytoday. 

The e-tron GT balances a sleek coupe appearance with practicality, while achieving up to 440kW (475kW in boost mode), a range of up to 487 kilometres (global standard WLTP testing), and boasting the levels of technology and luxury expected in its position as Audi’s halo model. 

Two models will be introduced to the local marketthe e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT. Both models are powerful, fast, and dynamic, and both offer zero local emissions, reinterpreting the concept of the Gran Turismo. 

A Gran Turismo should be a touring car that is both an excellent dynamic handler, and a confident and comfortable glider – Audi’s new signature car embodies this character.  

The exterior of the Audi e-tron GT is a dynamic work of art. Each surface and line is harmonious, from the headlights, which are available with laser light as an option, to the large diffuser at the rear. In combination, the details create a sculpture that Audi’s designers say looks like it was shaped by the wind – the extremely aerodynamic body has a drag coefficient of just 0.24.  

The interior matches the classic Gran Turismo ethos; the driver and front passenger seats are installed in a sporty low position and separated by a wide centre console, while the rear seats provide sufficient space for adults. 

Developed by Audi Sport, the e-tron GT is the first electric model in the renowned high performance RS family of vehicles.  

* Predicted, as per global WLTP standard. Acceleration, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures depend on the individual vehicle specifications and equipment.

The e-tron GT quattro generates 350kW of power and 650Nm of torque, while the RS e-tron GT achieves maximum power of 440kW and maximum torque of 830Nm. Launch control adds a boost function, which can increase the power figures to 390kW and 475kW respectively.  

The range of up to 487 kilometres is made possible by the battery’s net capacity of 85kWh, and the 800-volt technology enables fast DC charging with an output of up to 270 kW.  

The suspension has been engineered to balance dynamism and comfort, again in the spirit of a gran turismo, and features advanced technologies such as Audi drive select, all-wheel steering, controlled damping, three-chamber air suspension, electric all-wheel drive, and the rear-axle differential lock. 

Like all Audi models, the e-tron GT is fully connected. The infotainment, online services from Audi Connect, and the assist systems are state-of-the-art. And since the dynamic work of art should also sound good, Audi has composed a unique, powerful and progressive sound for the etron GT. 

The Audi e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT are expected to arrive in New Zealand in mid-2021. New Zealand specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the local launch. 

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