ATTACK OF THE E-TRONS! FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW AUDI A6 AND GT E-TRON LUXURY CARS

by | Apr 27, 2021 | Cars, Featured, Motor

Electrification is sweeping across the automotive industry at a faster pace than the time is takes the Tesla Model S Plaid to reach 0-60. It is not the “future” but very much a large constituent of the “present”. The automobile industry has been given a new lease of life, hence electrifying almost all cars has been the priority for most automakers. You can now add the Audi e-tron to that lineup.

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Audi, at the forefront of being the more “mass market” luxury brand from the VW group, has to take over the reigns of being the origin for the major chunk of EV sales. Hence, you will see more Audi and VW EVs including sedans and SUVs.
Audi e-tron GT
Having just shown the striking E-Tron GT some time back, it has now turned its attention to the A6 with the A6 E-Tron concept. We decided to peer closer and get a sneak peak at both these stylish EVs at an ongoing motor show.

A6 E-Tron Concept

The A6 is a conservative sedan that bursts with the traditional Audi values which the company upholds in form of a discreet design language and a technology focused cabin. Its electric counterpart, however, throws caution out of the window and embraces a more aggressive look. The A6 E-Tron, while still in concept form, looks stunning in the flesh with a lot more enthusiasm and style than the gas-powered A6.

The lines are sleeker and the roof lines flows in plus when decked up with huge wheels (22-inch wheels, no less), the car looks more like a family sedan for the Jetsons. It also debuts the new Audi grille for EVs while there are bigger intakes on the side to cool the drive train, battery, and brakes

Audi e-tron A6

The car is based on a completely new architecture called as the “Premium Platform Electric,” or PPE for short. And it will power future EVs from Audi too. Its dimensions read as 4.96-meter-long, 1.96-meter-wide, and 1.44-meter-high, while Audi says it looks more like a Sport back.

It is slippery too and is brimming with aerodynamics with a cw value of just 0.22. That means there is minimal aerodynamic drag. That equates to less energy consumption.

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Speaking of which, the A6 E-Tron is expected to boast a range of more than 435 miles (based on the WLTP standard) with a 100-kWh battery pack. There is a 800-volt charging technology too, along with the ability to charge up to 270 kW in a very short time at fast-charging stations. That eliminates the long charging time – a common bugbear with EVs. Just how much, you ask? Well, Audi claims that just 10 minutes are enough to charge the battery to a level sufficient to power the car for more than 300 kilometers.

Plus, in less than 25 minutes, you can charge its 100 kWh battery from 5 to 80 percent.

Audi e-tron A6 – Click on image to enlarge and view gallery
You can buy one at your nearest Audi dealership in two years time with 2023 touted to be the year when production starts. Expect pricing to be in the region of $60,000.

E-Tron GT 

The Taycan has been a big success and has propelled Porsche to the top of the premium EV niche segment. Now Audi also wants a piece of the action and the E-Tron GT is the result. It shares the same platform as the Porsche, plus it’s fast too, with power outputs ranging from 476ps (horsepower) to 598ps.

Its 85 kWh battery pack claims a range of 487 kilometers (302.6 mi). It is supposed to be a fast GT car hence gets the best tech that Audi can muster. That includes Audi drive select, all-wheel steering, controllable damping, three-chamber air suspension, electric all-wheel drive, and the rear-axle differential lock.

Aside all of that tech, the car is probably the most aggressive one to wear the four rings badge. It is more purposeful and muscular than the sleeker Porsche plus mimics the concept version to a greater degree. Audi is going through a personality change and we approve this new direction!

Like the Taycan and Tesla, the E-Tron GT plays the numbers game very well with a zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) time of 4.1 seconds, while the even quicker RS model does that in only 3.3 seconds. The top speed is 245 km/h (152.2 mph) and 250 km/h (155.3 mph). That is fast and just the perfect car to silently eat up miles on those autobahns.

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There is plenty of gadgetry on board too while the cabin is more practical than the Porsche. Unlike the Taycan, the E-Tron GT would play a different tune with its GT focus while the Porsche aims for the performance end of the spectrum.

Audi e-tron GT: Click on image to enlarge and view gallery

Top-spec models will be nearing the $150,000 barrier while the non-RS spec would be a bit more reasonably priced at $100,000. It is a Taycan, but with the volume turned down a notch. Whichever way you look at it, Audi has gained the upper hand amongst its German peers as of now. Over to you, BMW and Mercedes.

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