Is the Audi e-tron GT the world's most beautiful electric car?

With the e-tron GT and its body-built twin sister the RS, Audi are making a statement: 2021 is a breakthrough year in all respects and the big news is that electric cars can actually be more desirable than their combustion engine cousins. Here are the first pictures of the silent revolution, explained to us by the designer behind the car.

Marc Lichte, head of Audi Design, doesn't mince his words: "The e-tron GT is the most beautiful car I've ever designed!" Would you want to contradict him? Unveiled as a show car in 2018 in Los Angeles, the Four Rings’ first electric Grand Tourer turns the heads of all who come near it.At 4.99 m long and 1.96 m wide, the e-tron GT is both aggressive and dynamic, while also exuding an aura of reassurance and absolute elegance. There's nothing ostentatious about this "4-door, 4-seater coupé" which is available in two versions: the 476-horsepower GT Quattro and the supercharged 598-horsepower GT RS. This is the one we propose that you test:

 

This bodywork of a rare fluidity is faultless from front to rear, a single stroke of the pen and all its rivals suddenly look dated. At Audi, they say that efficiency is the basic idea behind the design of the e-tron GT. But how does that transfer into reality? "A good design always meshes strong aesthetics with perfect functionality," Marc Lichte adds.True icons have something unmistakably clear. For instance, it takes only three lines to characterize a Volkswagen Beetle or a Porsche 911. Lower air resistance translates into greater range: we have turned this basic law of physics of electric mobility into the design principle for the e-tron GT." Form follows function, aesthetics comes from efficiency. The demonstration leaves no room for doubt.

The interior is more classic, light years away from what main rivals Tesla are offering. A logical choice, since Audi must first win over its usual client base, without knocking them off track.  Performance of this four-seater will take your breath away, accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds for the Quattro and 3.3 seconds for the RS   and with top speeds of 152 and 155 mph respectively. The usual question of range remains: Audi quotes figures of 298 and 289 miles, values that will obviously drop in case of urban use or sporty driving style, nothing new about that.

With about 500 litres of trunk space by combining front and rear, this sedan is on sale starting from £79,185.00 for the GT Quattro and £110,235.00 for the RS version. The price of our idea of the future!

With about 500 litres of trunk space by combining front and rear, this sedan is on sale starting from £79,185.00 for the GT Quattro and £110,235.00 for the RS version. The price of our idea of the future!

laurent@sobarnes.com

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Infos : Audi.com

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