Audi’s new E-tron GT, unveiled Tuesday, presents something that is becoming rare in the world of electric vehicles, an actual car. While Audi’s most recent electric vehicles have been SUVs, as have many new electric vehicles, the E-tron is designed to appeal to those who put a premium on the driving feel of a car, with its lower center of gravity and better handling.
The E-tron GT will compete against cars like the Tesla Model S, as well as the Porsche Taycan, which is a close relative of the E-tron GT. Both Audi and Porsche are subsidiaries of Germany’s Volkswagen AG and the two companies cooperated on the fundamental engineering of these cars. The E-tron is designed as a four-door grand touring car.
In contrast to the Porsche’s emphasis on raw performance, it’s intended for long-distance comfort as well, according to Audi. Adjustable air suspension allows for a range of settings, such as comfortable highway cruising or aggressive cornering. The E-tron GT also has four wheel steering to allow for very tight turns at low speeds or smooth four-wheel lane changes a higher speeds.
Audi will introduce two versions of the E-tron GT this spring. One version, the E-tron GT Quattro, will be powered by two electric motors, one powering the front wheels and the other the back. Together, those motors will produce up to 469 horsepower. Drivers will be able to get up to 522 horsepower for as long as 2.5 seconds, though, in a special boost mode. In normal driving it should be able to go about238 miles on a full charge, according to Audi.