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2021 Audi E-Tron GT Review: Less RS Stance, More Flow

Derryn Wong
24/06/2022
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The regular ‘non RS’ Audi E-Tron GT represents some of the best electric motoring has to offer for Singapore (and beyond), for slightly less expense


2022 Audi E-Tron GT

Launched: September 2021 – Price S$542,840 with COE & VES (June 2022)
Four-door large sedan, four+one seats
530hp, dual electric motor, 427km range, VES A2, 19.6kWh/100km


PROS
Futuristic, cool design and charisma
Exciting to drive, but also fast and flexible
Fast and future-proof charging performance

CONS
Not particularly spacious inside
Not as emotional as a petrol car


Photos by Lionel Kong, Derryn Wong



SINGAPORE

While it’s the headlining RS version that grabs most of the attention, the ‘regular’ Audi E-Tron GT is still a truly exciting EV, offering much of the same experience for a smaller pricetag. 

The E-Tron GT is Audi’s flagship electric car, a four-door, fully-electric sedan to complement its existing E-Tron range, otherwise made up entirely of SUVs for now.

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This interesting shade of paint is called Tactical Green. It proves the E-Tron GT is the furthest thing from an ammo can



As usual, CarBuyer has all the details – check out our launch story where Audi debuted its flagship four-door GT electric car in Singapore last year, or hit up our marketplace to see the latest pricing on Audi’s range here. If you read that story, you’ll notice the price has increased a bit – that’s because of tax increases.

Our review of the RS E-Tron GT established it as a truly thrilling electric car that’s both exciting to drive and to look at, and easy to live with too. 

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That’s the RS E-Tron in front, and it looks the same as the normal E-Tron, in contrast to other RS models

The ‘look’ part is fortuitous for the E-Tron GT. Unlike most RS vs non-RS faceoffs (see the normal A7 and RS 7 Sportback for instance) the standard GT and RS GT both look nearly identical. The RS doesn’t have a different body kit, nor the bulging fenders or obvious wings that give other RS cars their usual exciting flavour. In fact, aside from the RS badges, there’s next to no difference outside and in. 

Audi’s E-Tron range of EVs is expanding with the Q4 E-Tron small SUV and A6 E-Tron sedan in the works

Which is to say, the GT is a handsome-looking car, and still very much a head-turner, which is something you can’t really say for many other EVs. A Tesla Model 3 is different and new, but it’s definitely not sexy in the way the GT is. 

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With close links to Porsche’s much feted Taycan, it’d be a surprise if the GT turned out as anything less than excellent. No surprises here – because it is.

Ju-Len doles out electrical violence in the RS E-Tron GT

The ‘non-RS’ has the same dual-motor setup as the faster model, but it sheds 122hp and 190Nm of torque, which sounds considerable on paper. The GT also lacks the rear differential and air suspension of the RS. 

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Dynamically, this is most noticeable at extremes, naturally, but in mundane driving there’s really not that much difference between the two. The GT’s acceleration is still blazingly quick and more than fast enough to squeeze some air out of your lungs.

The well-sorted chassis and low centre of gravity also means you’ll run out of road long before you run out of grip. There’s also a lovely balance to the tuning that gives the driver plenty of feedback and some involvement.

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The low slung driver focused cockpit sets up expectations perfectly, and the seamless, considerable thrust from the electric drivetrain – accompanied by the E-Tron’s futuristic ‘engine noise’ – makes choosing your pace and regulating power far simpler than with a fire eater. 

On track with the first properly driftable Audi (R8 aside)


As it often is with fast Audis, the GT’s real strength lies in its excellent balance of sportiness and comfort. If you switch the engine noise off, there’s only a faint hint of wind noise and tyre roar in an otherwise silent cabin. Note that the car comes standard with 20-inch wheels, while this test car rode on 21-inchers (S$7,127) – so the standard model could ride more comfortably.

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We covered almost 160km in the car and it delivered 20kwh/100km, which is impressive performance for a fast, powerful EV, and means it should do the quoted 400+ kilometres on one charge without worry. To bolster that, it also has 800v tech onboard and is capable of really quick 270kw DC fast charging – 20-odd minutes to go from 10 percent to 80 percent. Singapore’s chargers aren’t quite as quick though, but GT owners will be glad of the future-proofing.  

While it’s far more sexy looking, the E-Tron GT isn’t as practical as an electric SUV. It’s not quite as roomy as the roughly ICE equivalent A7 sportback, but four adults will ride comfortably and overall space (boot, passenger, front and rear) isn’t tremendous, but sufficient. There is room for a fifth person, but it’s meant for short jaunts and not particularly comfy.

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Seats are made with Econyl recycled fabric and aren’t as stuffy as leather ones

The downside is that it’s not as outright involving or thrilling as say, the Audi R8 Spyder, but we can level that criticism at all EVs alike. The GT at least delivers a mighty punch and an enjoyable handling and ride experience to back up its image.



Sure, the E-Tron GT costs more than half-a-million bucks, but sad to say that’s not exactly uncommon these days. And yet it’s a considerable stretch to S$690,940 with COE for the RS E-Tron GT – and it won’t be worth it for most drivers. To bring the regular car nearer to the RS, chassis wise, you could opt for air suspension (S$7,373) or that and a rear differential lock (S$14,746).

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It’s not the RS – but it has no less stance than the RS


As for the competition, there’s a direct rival in the more expensive and less powerful Porsche Taycan, while in the conventional car world there’s the Audi A7 or even RS 7, the Mercedes-Benz CLS, and the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe.  

The E-Tron GT’s blend of looks, tech, and driving prowess is unique, and compelling enough that it hits  its own sweet spot of voltage in the current car landscape. 

Audi E-Tron GT 

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Drivetrain typeFull electric 
Electric Motor / layoutDual / Front – Rear 
Motor power / torque 470hp / 630Nm
523hp / 640Nm overboost 
Battery type /net capacity Lithium ion / 83.7kWh
Normal Charge Type / Time11kW AC / 9.5 hours
Max Fast Charge Type / Time270kW DC / 22 mins 10 to 80 percent
Electric Range* 427km 
0-100km/h4.1 seconds
Top Speed245km/h
Efficiency*19.6 kWh/100km
VES Band A1/ -S$25,000
AgentPremium Motors 
PriceS$534,000 with COE and VES
Availability Now
Verdict Electrifying looks, lots of punch, great dynamics – most won’t need the excess of the RS when it comes to the E-Tron GT

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About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism. Previously, he was the editor for Top Gear Singapore, and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment. He's contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

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