Audi’s flagship EV sedan proves that electric motoring isn’t just conscientious and quiet, but thunderously fast and enjoyable for drivers in Singapore too
EV Weekend is Singapore’s First and Largest Electric Vehicle event, and it’s on from 3-12 December 2021 at Resorts World Sentosa! Check out the latest EVs from Audi, BMW, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, MG, Mini – see them in person, test drive them, and understand all there is to know about EV ownership and more. Sign up at evweekend.sg to find out more and win exciting prizes.
What is the E-Tron GT?
Here’s two things that tell you all you need to know about the Audi E-Tron GT: First, it’s Audi’s most powerful production car ever. Second, it’s a wickedly-styled four-door grand tourer. Third: It’s fully electric.
By themselves, each of those facts aren’t really eye-opening, but together they mark out the E-Tron GT as something special. Electric sedans are still a relative rarity here, and not only is this Audi’s first electric four-door car, but it’s also the most powerful, and amongst the quickest, cars ever to come from Ingolstadt.
That should clue you into the fact that it’s the new standard bearer, or halo car, for Audi in the Era of E-Motoring, just as the R8 supercar proved what Audi could do at the fast, expensive end of things.
The Audi E-Tron GT will be on display for all of EV Weekend Dec 3 to 12, so make sure to come by and check it out in person. You can test drive the Audi E-Tron Sportback at the event too!
The E-Tron GT debuted in Singapore in September 2021, and there are two models on sale: The ‘normal’ E-Tron GT (S$509,000 with COE/VES, shown here in Kemora Grey and which will be at EV Weekend) and the higher-performance version, the RS E-Tron GT (S$640,000 with COE/VES, shown here in Suzuka Grey, which looks more like white).
Naturally both cars have Audi’s all-wheel drive in its latest electric form, thanks to a motor on each axle, with the normal E-Tron packing up to 530hp and 640Nm, with a 0-100km/h time of just 4.1 seconds.
But it’s the RS model that really brings the fire (electron?) power, with up to 646hp and a tidal wave of torque, it’s truly fast as you’ll read below – or watch in our video!
The E-Tron GT is closely related to the Porsche Taycan, so it shares the laurel of being the fastest charging EV in Singapore with its cousin – with the unique 800V charging system, the fastest rate of charge is 270kW. Most normal EVs charge at around 100kW, and this means the E-Tron GT can get an 80 percent top up in less than 25 minutes.
But it’s not numbers that make the E-Tron GT a desirable car, but the overall package. The eye-catching styling, with Audi’s now-recognisable grille and bulging fenders, plus a long, wide, and low stance make for a car that looks quick even when parked.
As the ‘GT’ name suggests, it’s good at carrying passengers fast and with a lot of refinement and ease too. Four doors and four seats plus a decently-sized boot make for a surprisingly practical car. It’s not the sort of car you’d ferry the family around in (if you have two kids it would still work!) but it has enough flexibility for daily use.
It’s also very comfortable, so much so that your rear-mounted Tiktokers won’t even complain about not being able to see the on-screen action if you go over terrible roads.
Wait, are we still talking about Audi’s most powerful car ever? Yes, and CarBuyer test drove the RS E-Tron GT. It has that modern ‘RS’ feel of being totally at home doing boring, sane motoring without urging you to rip your license to shreds.
But if you really want the RS to move, it feels like it can move mountains. Floor the accelerator and you’d better have lots of room, and earplugs. The latter is because your passengers will scream with delight and terror (or pain, if their phones are in their faces) at the tremendous accelerative might of the car.
And with its low centre of gravity and adaptive suspension, the car rips around corners pretty quick too – if it’s TGV fast in a straight line, it also feels like it corners on rails, to use the common metaphor.
The best bit? Like the normal E-Tron, the E-Tron GT will do what it claims – at least 400km – in Singapore, even if you’re acting like a tidal wave on wheels at times.
So, Why This Car?
To get normal motorists to switch from normal cars to electric ones will be simple, but motoring enthusiasts are a different breed. They demand drama, involvement, and a certain special-ness. The Audi E-Tron GT is that sort of electric car that might easily whip their chequebooks out for.
Audi RS E-Tron GT
|Electric Motor||646hp / 830Nm|
|Battery||Lithium ion, 84kWh|
|Charge Time / Type||9 hours / 11kW wallbox|
23 minutes (10-80%) / 270kW DC charger
|Electric Range||452km WLTP average|
|Price||S$640,000 with COE, VES (as of November 2021)|