The 2022 Audi e-tron GT is an electric sport sedan that is similar in size to the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera. The e-tron name has historically been used by Audi to differentiate electrified vehicles from their conventionally powered siblings. The most recent example is the company's first fully electric vehicle — the e-tron SUV — which debuted in 2019.
2022 Audi e-tron GT
The 2022 Audi e-tron GT is offered in two flavors: the base e-tron GT Quattro and the RS e-tron GT. Both make use of a series of lithium-ion batteries in the floor of the vehicle with a combined capacity of 85 kilowatt-hours. That power is sent to two electric motors: one at the front axle and another at the rear. The rear motor is also equipped with a two-speed transmission, with the first gear used for aggressive acceleration.
Initial estimates give the base e-tron GT a cruising range of 238 miles and the RS 232 miles, but these figures have not yet been confirmed by the EPA. The e-tron GT employs several aerodynamic tricks to achieve its lofty range targets, including a flat underbody and active grille shutters that can close for increased efficiency or open to cool the brakes under hard use. Even the wheels themselves feature additional blades to reduce turbulence. The result is a very slippery drag coefficient of 0.24 — a Toyota Prius or Tesla Model S yields a comparable figure.
Rather than follow the solitary big touchscreen design from Tesla and Ford, the e-tron GT sticks with a more traditional layout, and for that, we're thankful. There are enough physical buttons to allow for quick adjustments without having to take your eyes off the road to swipe through on-screen menus. The touchscreen is also canted toward the driver for easier operation.
Audi has historically been known for its smart use of technology, and the e-tron GT carries on this tradition. Unlike some emerging rivals, however, Audi takes a more pragmatic approach: It enhances a familiar interface rather than rewrite the book.
The 2022 Audi e-tron GT sedan is a stylish and sporty counterpoint to the already praiseworthy e-tron SUV. In terms of price and execution, it's a strong competitor to the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S. The e-tron GT's more conventional infotainment interface might even give it an edge over these rivals, but we won't know until we test one for ourselves. Keep checking back here for all the latest updates.