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All You Need To Know About The 2025 Audi e-tron GT

The all-new e-Tron lineup boasts new variants, a bigger battery, and a mind-blowing 912 horsepower - making it the most powerful Audi production car ever! Here's a closer look at what awaits Indian electric car lovers:

More Power, More Performance

The new lineup features three models: S e-Tron GT, RS e-Tron GT, and the record-breaking RS e-Tron GT Performance. All three come equipped with Audi's signature torque-vectoring electric all-wheel-drive system, powered by a dual-motor layout.

The base model, S e-Tron GT, packs a punch with 670hp launching from 0-100kmph in a mere 3.4 seconds. The RS e-Tron GT dials it up a notch with 844hp, achieving the same feat in just 2.8 seconds.

Then there's the RS e-Tron GT Performance, the first EV to wear Audi's prestigious "Performance" badge. With a staggering 912hp, this beast rockets from 0-100kmph in a mind-numbing 2.5 seconds. Both RS models boast a top speed of 250kmph, while the S e-Tron GT is electronically limited to 245hp

Power Boost and Beyond: Enhanced Efficiency and Performance

The upgrades go far beyond just a horsepower boost. The rear motor has shed around 9kgs thanks to redesigned rotor and stator components. Both motors and batteries benefit from improved cooling systems, translating to better efficiency and sustained performance.

A stronger driveshaft ensures smooth power delivery despite the surge in power, while the all-wheel-drive electronics have been fine-tuned for each selectable driving mode. Audi promises these changes will make the e-Tron a far more dynamic performer.

More Power, Less Weight: A Lighter Battery Pack

The focus on lightweight engineering extends to the shared battery pack across the e-Tron lineup, which comes in at a substantial 105kWh (usable capacity: 97 kWh). The battery itself has shed around 9 kilograms, tipping the scales at a little under 625kgs. 

The reworked cooling system, combined with adjustments to the cell chemistry, has increased capacity by 12 percent. Additionally, the maximum charging and discharging currents are now rated at 400 amps. Changes to the charging system have resulted in a further weight reduction of 2.3 kilograms.


Range and Rapid Charging

Audi claims the e-Tron lineup will offer up to 608 kilometers of range on a single charge based on the European WLTP cycle. While the real-world range figure for India might be lower, it's still expected to be impressive.

The maximum charging power within the system has also been bumped up to 320 kW, a significant increase from the outgoing model. This translates to rapid charging times - the e-Tron can be juiced from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes using a DC fast charger. Audi says this translates to adding around 280 kilometers of range in just 10 minutes. AC charging is also supported at up to 22 kW.


Enhanced Comfort and Handling

For 2025, the e-Tron lineup adopts a new air suspension system with two-chamber and two-valve technology. These shocks offer individual valves for rebound and compression, allowing for significant improvements in handling without compromising comfort. This is similar to the setup used by Porsche in many of its vehicles.

Similar to its Taycan sibling, the e-Tron will also get an optional active suspension system for 2025, along with the option for rear-wheel steering. The S e-Tron GT rides on 20-inch wheels, while the RS models offer a range of 21-inch options. Audi enthusiasts will recognize the available "AVUS" style six-spoke wheels, which were first seen on the iconic 1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept car.

The S e-Tron GT comes with steel brakes, whereas the RS models get tungsten carbide-coated brake discs as standard. Carbon ceramic brakes are available across the lineup as an option, paired with 10-piston calipers.


Distinctive Design with a Nod to Heritage

The e-Tron lineup gets a visual refresh for 2025, with each model sporting a unique look. The S e-Tron GT features a stealthy black front grille, while the RS models maintain the familiar honeycomb mesh design. The RS variants also get additional body-colored accents around the front fascia and a more prominent rear diffuser for an aggressive aesthetic.

All three models come with a redesigned Audi emblem with a more three-dimensional look on the front. The optional carbon fiber roof on the RS models adds a touch of sportiness, while the electrochromic glass roof option offers a unique visual experience.

For those who want to truly stand out, the Performance model can be further customized with additional exterior carbon fiber elements. The color palette offers nine choices: Arkona white, Ascari blue, Daytona gray, Florett silver, Kemora gray, Mythos black, and Progressive red. Nimbus gray is exclusive to the RS models, while the new Bedford green is available only for the Performance variant.

Revamped Interior for a Luxurious Ride

The cabin of the e-Tron lineup gets a significant upgrade with improved seats, a new steering wheel design, redesigned entry sills, and updated graphics across the various digital displays. The squared-off steering wheel design is a new direction for Audi and resembles what you might find in a modern Chevrolet Corvette.

The Audi Virtual Cockpit gets some special easter eggs for Performance model owners, including a display mode that mimics the classic white gauges found in the legendary Audi RS2 Avant.

Audi is expected to launch these new e-Tron models in India sometime next year. With its revamped design, enhanced performance, and impressive range, the e-Tron lineup is poised to be a major contender in the Indian luxury electric car market.

TopGear Magazine July 2024