Audi E Tron GT Launched In India At 1.79 Crore
The beefier RS E Tron GT is priced at 2.05 crores
Audi India has kick-started a new chapter in its EV saga. The manufacturer has brought the Audi E Tron GT to our shores, marking the start of its all-electric sportscars era. The E Tron GT is the third all-electric product from Audi, after the recently launched E Tron SUV and E Tron Sportback. The E Tron GT is priced at Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom, India), while the meaner RS E Tron GT variant, bears an ex-showroom price of 2.05 crores. Bookings are open and deliveries are expected to begin in January 2022.
Audi E Tron GT: What Is It?
It was in February this year that the Audi E Tron GT broke covers globally. Bringing this sportscar to the Indian soil with minimal delay underlines Audi’s growing focus on the Indian market and the EV game here. The E Tron GT is available in two distinct variants- E Tron GT S and RS E Tron GT, with the latter obviously having a prominent upper hand in performance.
In its design, the E Tron GT looks much like the Audi E Tron concept from the 2018 LA auto show. The production car is essentially a four-door coupe and gets an evidently sloping roofline, wide track, and low-set bonnet. The EV has a different adaptation of Audi’s signature single-frame grille, all-LED headlamps (Matrix), LED tail lamps and 20-inch wheels.
The E Tron GT’s cabin looks and feels futuristic with plenty of equipment and features on offer. The dash is quite driver-focused and physical controls replace the familiar dual-screen setups of newer Audis. The RS styling package adds more enthusiasm to the cabin colors, upholstery, and overall cabin experience. Major features inside include a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, connected car tech, shift-by-wire gear selector, 16 speaker Bang and Olufsen 3D sound system, 3 zone climate control, active rear spoiler, 360-degree camera, and ambient lighting.
Mechanically, the E Tron GT has much in common with the Porsche Taycan. It is built on the Porsche J1 performance EV platform, which underpins the Taycan as well. The E Tron GT gets a dual motor setup on both the S and the RS variants. The lower-spec S gets a 238 hp motor at the front and 435 hp at the rear. The combined output stands at 475 hp and 630 Nm. 0-100 kph comes in 4.1 seconds on the standard E Tron GT, and the top speed is a good 245 kph.
The RS E Tron GT on the other hand is much meaner and gets a combined output of 598 hp and 830 Nm. The RS E Tron gets a more powerful motor at the rear axle, and there is up to 646hp on call in the Boost mode, which on the standard variant was just 530 hp. 0-100 kph on the RS E Tron GT comes in just 3.3 seconds and the top speed too is higher, at 250 kph.
The E Tron has a 2-speed transmission for the rear motor. A short ratio first gear is used for acceleration and a long ratio second gear ensures greater efficiency and better performance at high speeds. The motors use a 93 kWh battery pack as their powerhouse and have claimed range figures of 500 km on the standard E Tron GT and 481 kilometers on the RS E Tron GT. 5-80% charging over a DC fast charger would take just 22 minutes and one over an AC socket would require 9.5 hours. The E Tron GT gets Carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension, and a number of driver assistance systems as well.Rivals
The Audi E Tron GT at present, has no direct competition in India. It is evidently the first all-electric sports car to go on sale here. It sits well above the Mercedes Benz EQC, and Jaguar I Pace. The Porsche Taycan upon its launch in the time ahead will pose some serious rivalry to this.
|E Tron GT Standard||1.80 Crores|
|RS E Tron GT||2.05 Crores|