The Audi e-tron isn’t cheap, but it packs a punch

The word “breathtaking” is overused when it comes to cars. So I won’t use it to describe Audi’s new electric RS e-tron GT, although it wouldn’t necessarily be out of place to do so.

It’s a powerful-looking, large, four-door electric coupe in the grand tourer tradition. It has a classic crescent shape and is beautifully balanced with subtle diffusions of contour and edge.

But I happen to think that this great looking car – what a front it has – is let down by one area of ​​the interior. I’m talking about the switchgear (the various switches and dials, but especially those for wipers, lights, etc.).

They look dated and feel dated in the presence of such a seminal, glamorous car. Because they come from the parts basket of the Volkswagen Group.

The average driver might reasonably think that some facelift is in order for a car costing around €142,000.

Other elements are not visible (a variety of safety systems and driver assistance systems) so they don’t spoil your immediate perception of the car as a super luxury engine.

For example, many underpinnings are the same as on the Porsche Taycan. The hardcore elements of the Volkswagen Group include the electric platform, the motor and the battery.

But the switchgear was the only thing that bothered me. Not too much can be done about it now, but perhaps in its second iteration, they could consider upping the ante in that department.

The rest of the cabin is simple, luxurious, and spacious (easily room for two adults in the back), and the interactive infotainment screen and system looks like a part of something more than just a big car.

The model I tested was the RS version. There is also a “standard”. Both are the first all-electric performance models and the most powerful that Audi has built to date.

The performance has it all. The RS accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds. It was remarkably lively, yet as firm as an anchor. The battery (93.4 kW) loses more power (official range is 465 km), but I’ve only tried it a few times.

The standard e-tron GT is also no problem with a range of 479 km and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, right?

On the RS, the clearly displayed power meter (well done) stabilized when I was driving normally, which – I hope you will believe – accounted for 99 per cent of the time.

However, I really had to cut the car down as it was sliding so quickly towards the prevailing speed limits.

The great thing about this e-tron is that it is also suitable for everyday use.

With that said it would want to be for the price. A small consolation in addition to the financial expense: the vehicle tax is only 120 euros a year.

It was so comfortable on the road while showing great dexterity on narrower, twistier tracks.

You can choose between four modes: Comfort, Efficiency, Dynamic and Individual. I chose Dynamic. Why not?

Meanwhile, the trunk, although shallow, extends well into the car’s body and encompasses 350 litres. A slit under the front hood adds 81 liters.

The RS has 800-volt technology, so you can charge with DC (just five minutes to boost the charge by 100km).

Charging from 5 pieces to 80 pieces takes just under 23 minutes. That’s the kind of charge time we’d like to see in ordinary electric vehicles.

VERDICT: A lot of car, a lot of performance, a lot of money. The Audi e-tron isn’t cheap, but it packs a punch

Fry Electronics Team

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