My first drive in the Audi RS e-tron GT
It was short but intense!
It's going to be a short one, but I wanted to share with you my first impressions of the brand new electric Audi RS e-tron GT. Audi Switzerland were kind enough to invite me on track to test their new car, and even though I could not spend a lot of time with it, I discovered how it performs when its driven fast.
So here I found myself a couple of weeks ago on this 1.35 km track. Since there are no tracks in Switzerland, this is the closest thing we have to go fast and keep your driver's license. The day started beautifully with a coffee and walk around the car. At first glance, I can say that it looks phenomenal. The similarities with the Porsche Taycan from which it derives are unmistakable, however the Audi certainly looks more aggressive and futuristic. By the time I finished walking around the car, the driving instructors who came from Ingolstadt for the event called all of the guests in a room to talk about the technicalities of the car, the rules on tracks, as well as the plan of the session. It was a short brief, the pressure within me was rising, but I was ready to drive the RS e-tron GT on track.
We quickly found ourselves behind the wheel of the RS e-tron GT. We could choose our car and only two colours were available, grey or red. I picked the latter because red cars are faster, obviously. We got some branded red gloves for the occasion, and I must say that it matched perfectly the exterior colour of the car as well as the tone of my skin.
First exercise was the classic slalom around cones. One after the other we all tried to go as fast as possible, and I quickly realised after my first try that there was room for improvement. Lots of it. I could increasingly push and the car was constantly showing me its agility and steering precision. All of that considering its hefty 2.4 tons. Second exercise, we moved to a change of direction under heavy braking. Again, this was meant to highlight the agility of the car, and its braking capabilities. It was maybe the testing stage that surprised me the most because it showed how responsive the steering was and how efficient it would be if you need to avoid a sudden obstacle on the road. Our third exercise focused on launch control, and this is the moment you could really unleash its 600 electric horses. That was really fun. As you know electric cars are very quick off the line and the Audi is no different. By setting a timer on the dashboard, we were able to see our 0-100 km/h times. I scored a 3.0 seconds flat! The day before, one person managed to hit 100 km/h from a standstill in only 2.6 seconds. This thing is mindblowingly quick.
We finished the session with some driving around the track. Following our instructor, it's only here that we could realize how well this car drives. You can go round corners at blistering speeds and accelerate out of a hairpin faster than nearly anything else. Despite the hard work from the Audi engineers, it is still hard for the electric GT to hide its true weight. Something you really feel in fast corners where the car's systems fight to keep you flat. Our session finished too soon but we already had a very good idea of how the RS e-tron GT behaves when being thrashed around.
Yes, I was impressed by its capabilities on track, but this is not something you will be doing on a daily basis if you buy this car. Nothing beats a good old test drive on the open road, and Audi Switzerland promised that we would get a press car later this year to see how it is to live with. Therefore, this was only the first part of our Audi RS e-tron GT article, and in the next one we will tell you more about the car itself and how usable it is daily.
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Audi Switzerland for invirting us to discover on track the new RS e-tron GT. It has been an amazing experience and we hope that we can do some more in the future.