Emotionally charged design and lightning-fast response, with 0-62mph acceleration in as little as 3.3 seconds – the new Audi e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT are about to conduct electricity in an exciting new direction for the Vorsprung durch Technik brand. Launching simultaneously this spring, the new GT sports cars combine breathtaking and instantly accessible accelerative force and zero local emissions with compellingly incisive handling, exceptional trans-continental cruising comfort and ultra-sophisticated infotainment and driver assistance technology.
Exterior design: dynamic sculpture with perfect proportions
The exterior of the e-tron GT is a dynamic work of art. It is the embodiment of an expressive design language that emphasises the longstanding positioning of Audi as an innovator in this field and will be evident in the more fluid lines of the brand’s forthcoming electrified models. The long wheelbase, wide track, large wheels and low-lying silhouette provide the foundations for beautifully balanced proportions that are also highly effective from an aerodynamic perspective. This equates to a low drag coefficient of 0.24 which favours efficiency and therefore driving range.
Side view: a flow of lines
The flow of the e-tron GT design is particularly evident in profile. The elongated bonnet and flat windscreen merge elegantly into a rapidly sloping roofline, and the glasshouse extends tautly over the powerful body, drawing in particularly sharply towards the rear, where the gently inclined C-pillars blend beautifully with the body’s muscular shoulders.
Sharp edges give particular definition to the large wheel arches, forming ‘quattro blisters’ which visually reference the presence of a new generation of electric quattro all-wheel drive. They are a stylistic feature of many Audi models, but nowhere else they are as strongly pronounced as in the e-tron GT.
Interior design and interior
In the cabin, the strong focus on the driver, inspired by the “monoposto” idea, is a characteristic of Audi performance models and of the e-tron GT in particular. The upper section of the light, lean instrument panel with its pronounced three-dimensional look forms an elegant arc, and the display of the standard Audi virtual cockpit plus stands freely within it, while the MMI touch monitor surrounded by a black piano finish bezel appears to float in the central space. In e-tron GT Vorsprung versions and above a lasered and backlit “e-tron” badge in the right-hand section augments the high-tech atmosphere as part of the ambient lighting package.
Controls and displays
In terms of controls and displays, the e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT follow the current Audi concept: All information appears on two large displays. The driver operates the Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3 inches) via the multifunction steering wheel and controls the central MMI touch display (10.1 inches) via touch. Behind the control and display functions in the e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT is the state-of-the-art third generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3).
Infotainment and Audi connect
Eleven antennas, all of them invisibly integrated into the car, connect the e-tron GT with the outside world, and the information they receive can be accessed by the driver via the MMI navigation plus media centre which features as standard in all models and also via the free myAudi smartphone app.