Audi, e-tron GT, the test – On the frozen lake with the electric grand tourer

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Audi he presents it as the “White Hell”, but in reality it is a real “White Heaven”. The definition is related to the path drawn on the Misurina lake, naturally frozen and covered with snow. Almost 1,800 meters of altitude some passages of the Nürburgring – the Green Hell – which is nearly 800 kilometers away and 1,200 meters below. Among others, there are the Caracciola Karussell, Piccolo Karussell and Hohe Acht curves, the Eschbach and Brünnchen “Ses” and even the Pflanzgarten and Stefan-Bellof-S extensions. For those who can get behind the wheel of quattro and RS variants of the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer’s first electric Gran Turismo a true paradise, also for the surrounding panorama.

The Audi e-tron GT with two engines (one per axle) they have a German registration and cannot (yet) be driven on the road. Patience: Misurina’s slippery serpentine tackled with simple winter tires (not studded) and disabled assistance systems is more than just fun. Even if there are no real obstacles, you drive with the mask and with the instructor beside you.

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It starts with the 646 hp RS (thanks to 2.5 seconds of Boost, 598 without), the most powerful series model never produced by the premium brand. The ring measures about a kilometer and some onlookers stop at the circuit, but you don’t notice at the wheel. The focus is on the track, which is still very frozen. Acceleration needs to be measured, because the RS e-tron GT also has 830 Nm of torque. Maintaining control could be even more difficult, but all-wheel drive makes it easier for the driver, who must be ready to steer and counter-steer.

The steps with the e-tron GT (2,275 kilograms, 70 less than the RS) are simpler. For three reasons: the practice accomplished with the high-performance model, the suggestions of the instructor and the temperatures that rise and increase the seal of the bottom. Also for this reason the curves become more and more precise. In reality, it is perceived that the cavalry is lower (530 HP with the Boost, 476 without) and that the torque is less important, even if 640 Nm (630 Nm without Boost) are not administered too often on conventional cars.

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The last laps are again with the RS, which features the electronic rear differential lock. Now, at least in part, even the instructor is having fun (or is very good at lying), who certainly does not need to confirm the validity of the car. The speed increases by a few kilometers per hour and that along the curves increasingly resembles a rhythmic dance rather than a frenetic and nervous dance, possibly also accompanied by a synthetic rhombus generated by one or two speakers, depending on the driving mode.

Of course, there is no one sitting on the rear sofa who can claim not to have suffered from… sea sickness. In any case, the triple chamber adaptive air suspension (standard on the RS) help to limit at least part of the effects deriving from any unwanted movements.

The twin of the Porsche Taycan it has a reassuring driving dynamics, even if it was not born to be carried on icy surfaces. She can do that too, but in Ingolstadt they imagined her as a comfortable Gran Turismo, potentially exploitable also in daily commuting.

Both models are equipped with a 93 kWh lithium-ion battery with a voltage of 800 Volts and charging times of 23 minutes for an 80% full: with 5 minutes at the socket you can travel 100 kilometers. The accumulator is covered by a warranty of 8 years or 160,000 kilometers. The homologated autonomy in the Wltp cycle is 472 and 488 kilometers, even if it is difficult to imagine driving such an “extreme” car by checking consumption. Despite the coupé profile, the e-tron GTs also offer space for the luggage thanks to two compartments: identical to the front (85 liters) and between 366 (RS) and 405 at the rear.

Audi e-tron GT – the factsheet

What is that: is the first zero-emission Gran Turismo from the Quattro Anelli house. In the RS variant it is currently the most powerful production Audi ever produced. In fact it is the premium “twin” of the Taycan: the platform is the same J1 used by Porsche. The Ingolstadt-based manufacturer has customized the model with a digital rumble inspired by the engine delivery and characterized it according to its own philosophy, naturally with the new generation quattro electric all-wheel drive.

Dimensions: length 4.99 meters, width 1.96, height 1.41, pitch 2.9

Rivals: Porsche Taycan

Engines: the electric Gran Turismo are equipped with a 238 hp front engine and a 435 hp rear engine, both synchronous with permanent magnets combined with a two-speed transmission. In the quattro version, the maximum power in Boost mode reaches 530 Hp (normally 476) and 640 Nm of torque for a few seconds for an acceleration from 0 to 100 of 4.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 245 per hour. On the RS the values ​​rise to 646 HP (otherwise 598) and 830 Nm, while the starting point drops to 3.3 seconds and the top speed reaches 250 km / h.

Advantages: all-wheel drive, driving dynamics,

Defects: weight

Production: Heilbronn (Germany)

Prices: from 107,800 euros for the Audi e-tron GT quattro and from 149,800 for the Audi RS e-tron GT

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