Audi e-tron GT

Editors' Review

I was recently discussing the state of the auto industry with friends, talking about how exciting it is to have my job as automakers shift to electrification and are starting to produce truly good EVs. One example I used was this E-Tron GT, a sleek electric sedan that's not just a great car, but easily my favorite recent Audi product.

The entry-level E-Tron GT has an electric motor at each axle putting out a total of 469 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels; power is boosted to 522 hp and 472 lb-ft with overboost enabled or when using launch control. The GT's Porsche twin, the Taycan 4S, has 40 fewer horses in normal driving but the same overboost figure. Audi says the E-Tron GT will hit 60 mph in 3.9, and it's more than quick enough both off the line in daily situations and when passing on the highway. Like the Porsche, the Audi uses a two-speed transmission that provides a unique EV driving experience and makes a cool sound when it shifts, but I wish the E-Tron's artificial "engine" sounds were more interesting.

Basically every modern EV has great acceleration stats, though, and luckily the E-Tron GT is great to drive overall. Air suspension is standard and provides a nice, supple ride with minimal body roll. My test car is equipped with the $6,000 performance package, which adds rear-wheel steering and torque vectoring along with a gloss black exterior trim, rad matrix LED headlights and other cosmetic bits. While its steering isn't as razor-sharp as the Taycan's, the E-Tron GT's electronic power steering is quick and direct, especially with the car in Dynamic mode. Even with these Pirelli Cinturato P7 all-season tires the E-Tron GT is very fun to take on a spirited run up a twisty road; it's the type of car I don't want to stop driving.

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The Good ~ Excellent performance ~ Solid ride and handling ~ Lots of tech features

The Bad ~ Weirdly shaped interior bits ~ Small trunk opening

The Bottom Line The Audi E-Tron GT is a fantastic electric sedan.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 9
  • Design 8
  • Media 9

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