I'm in love with the new Audi e-tron GT
It looks like it means business
When I first got behind the wheel of the e-Tron SUV I was a bit disappointed with its performance but thoroughly impressed its design. In the ongoing three-way battle between car makers - Mercedes v BMW v Audi - the Ingolstadt-based automaker has taken the lead and it doesn't look like it's gonna relinquish the crown any time soon.
BMW is still busy building huge front grilles with cars wrapped around them and Mercedes-Benz is always very conservative and careful with its design. Audi, on the other hand, is a bit more daring and has given us the new A5 and A7 - they both look great imo - and then even managed to make mid-size and full-size SUVs look attractive.
The all-new Audi E-Tron GT is going up against the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan and I think it looks better than both. In a reassuring, real-world sort of way.
It is going to utilise the same architecture that Porsche used for the Taycan, a Rimac-developed two-motor powertrain, one to drive the front wheels and one for the rear wheels, which means it is effectively a 4-wheel drive vehicle. The e-Tron GT will reportedly put out 600 hp (640 with a 2-second overboost), enough to propel it from standstill to 60 in 2.7 seconds.
The 93kWh battery pack, slightly smaller than the Taycan 95 kWh pack, gives it a range of around 250 miles, still not as good as Tesla's 400-mile range but I think manufacturers are still going to need a few years to match that.
It won't be cheap. The base model should cost around £70,000 whereas the range-topping RS model will set you back at least £130,000.
Tesla Model S v Porsche Taycan v Audi e-Tron GT: what's your pick?
The production version of the e-Tron GT is scheduled to be unveiled on February 9