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super-tron-ic Audi’s new e-tron GT is a slick monster inside and out


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The Audi e-tron GT

The Audi e-tron GT

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The Audi e-tron GT

Not even Cristiano Ronaldo taking off his shirt to reveal his super-ripped torso on Wednesday in front of a million teenage girls would have attracted as much attention as I got recently behind the wheel of the all-new Audi e-tron GT.

A car is supposed to be so much more than its looks - especially when you are talking about a new premium-badged EV like this - but you can't start writing about the GT without starting at the exterior. This beast has more rips than the aforementioned Ronaldo.

A few of my pals commented at the time that it was basically just an electric A7 - but this e-tron GT is so much more than that in every department.

On the outside, the new e-tron GT is very special to look at (with a slight nod to the R8) from all angles, but the rear view is my favourite because it is there that you appreciate the sheer girth of this slick monster (it is 60mm wider than the A7).

I'm sure Audi bosses are sick of hearing this, but it resembles the Porsche Taycan in a lot of ways. But this is better looking and less expensive, so they should be proud of the comparison and own it.

On the inside, the Audi e-tron GT has a very familiar look to the one that is found in most of its higher-end siblings, which is a bit of a pity.

Although I have written numerous times how the Audi interior and switchgear is probably my favourite since it first arrived in the Audi TT a few years back, I just think the designers could have gone that one step further with the e-tron GT to make it that bit different from the rest.

That's not to say that it is not a lovely place to be, because it is and it's very spacious and comfortable for an electric sports car.

On the road, the e-tron GT is phenomenal for an all-electric vehicle.

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It can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.1 seconds and flooring it to get to that speed can only be matched by one of those fast roller-coasters in a theme park in Florida.

My test car was fitted with the optional air suspension, which makes light work of road imperfections and the car seems to glide effortlessly along motorways like a Bolshoi ballet dancer in comfort mode.

Flick the switch to dynamic mode and you can feel everything tighten up, from the steering wheel to the suspension.

You'd never realise that you are driving a full-electric car.

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In fact, the Audi e-tron GT also features the statutory acoustic vehicle alerting system (AVAS), to make it sound like a proper 5.0-litre petrol engine.

A loudspeaker fitted in the front of the vehicle emits the AVAS sound. For customers ordering the optional sound package, a second, large loudspeaker is added in the rear.

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So what's the range like?

Well, Audi claim that with the two motors - 175kW front motor, 320kW rear motor and 84kWh lithium-ion battery pack - you can achieve a range of up to 479km.

Realistically, though, you are looking closer to 400km under normal everyday driving conditions.

Prices start at €102,397 for the e-tron GT quattro and you can step up to the RS e-tron GT for the pricey sum of €140,367.

I really don't see the need to step up to the RS at all, as the standard GT is more than you will ever need - if you have €100k in your bank account.

Robbie Farrell

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