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The Audi e-Tron GT is style in an environmentally conscious world

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In a world full of egg-shaped EVs, the e-Tron GT is a breath of fresh air. PHOTO BY BOTCHI SANTOS

Today’s crop of electric vehicles is usually intentionally designed to look different from what the average motorists expect a vehicle to look like. The theory there is to promote mobility in a new manner, appealing to a new audience that would never have considered owning a vehicle powered by the long-standing internal-combustion engine.

They are also designed to be as energy-efficient as possible, with super low drag coefficients, active aerodynamics, sophisticated body sculpting, and so on. The problem is that the design often alienates the traditional car buyer wanting to make the jump to electric without shouting “Look at my EV!” while driving on the road.

Audis are known for their amazing lighting, and the e-Tron GT is no exception. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Thankfully, there is the Audi e-Tron GT. It is Ingolstadts answer to the electric question, mixing the very best of EV technology in a stunning silhouette that evokes the drama of grand touring from an era long past.

It's a stunning supercar-like sedan. PHOTOS BY BOTCHI SANTOS

It is a gorgeous four-door coupe with a silhouette that can easily be mistaken for its award-winning R8 sibling at a quick cursory glance. It also rides as low as a supercar, making my weak knees buckle while I get in and out of the cockpit.

The sporty interior is luxurious and feature-rich. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The stylish and well-appointed interior is a place you definitely don’t want to leave unless absolutely necessary.

As a nod to Audi’s years of motorsports involvement, the e-Tron features a flat-bottom steering wheel just like the brand’s Le Mans, GT3, and DTM race cars with flappy paddles included. Additionally, the shape gives better leg clearance for people like me who have tree stumps for limbs.

The Quattro all-wheel drive will help the lucky driver tame the gobs of available torque. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The e-Tron, as with any Audi, features the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, harnessing the power of dual electric motors (one on each axle) to propel it at a truly terrifying rate should you open the taps completely.

There is an available 476hp that can momentarily spike to 530hp in boost mode and an instantaneous 630Nm of torque from the get-go. The 0-100km/h sprint is dispatched in 4.1 seconds, all the way to a limited 245km/h top speed.

The car comes with an 11kW charger, but you have the option to also utilize DC rapid charging for speedy top-ups. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The battery is a liquid-cooled lithium-ion unit with a usable 84kWh capacity. It can deliver an advertised range of 501km in its most efficient driving mode.

Given today’s electricity prices, should you charge at home using the included 11kW Audi Compact Charger, a full charge would be around P1,200 or less. Compared to a typical large-size vehicle with a 65L fuel tank costing roughly P61 for mid-grade fuel, your ICE car will cost P3,965 per full tank. That’s a massive P2,765 jump in energy cost for your personal mobility.

Unfortunately, you will need to get used to the brake feel with the addition of regenerative braking. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Drop the hammer on the highway or fast back roads, and it delivers on its promise of an exhilarating experience. It confidently delivers prodigious grip, instantaneous throttle response, and predictable weight transfer despite the considerable 2,200kg curb weight.

You find a steady rhythm—flowing from corner to corner—attacking imaginary apexes with gusto while keeping your driving tidy thanks to the amazing Quattro grip. The instant torque also makes it very forgiving to drive hard and fast; you find yourself taking small swipes at what’s prudent and what’s not on public roads.

My only gripe is with the brakes—the adjustable regenerative braking system, coupled with the brakes that are a tad over-assisted. It makes braking a rather nervous experience, especially at high speeds where it always seems to deploy 20% more braking effort than what you are expecting. It is a minor gripe as the e-Tron acclimatizes you to this peculiarity.

Just some of the many features found in the e-Tron GT. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

And as with any modern vehicle, electric or not, the e-Tron comes well equipped.

It has the latest iteration of Audi MMI, Audi Drive Select (driving mode selector), a Bang & Olufsen premium surround-sound system, three-zone automatic climate control, 10 airbags, stability/traction control, lane departure warning, cruise control, Audi’s pre-sense that can predict imminent collisions, and 360° cameras to help parking and low-speed maneuvering.

If you've got the cash for one, the e-Tron GT is one of the most stylish and exciting EVs on the market today. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

As electric vehicles go, the e-Tron is fantastic. It bridges the traditional car-buying market that has set expectations on how their vehicle, EV or not, should look and feel, with a new breed of people seeking personal carbon-neutral mobility, all wrapped up in a stylish package.

Botchi Santos

Botchi is your friendly, walking car encyclopedia. He loves helping people choose the right vehicle for themselves as much as he enjoys picking the right one for himself. Expect him to write about car culture, test drives and car-shopping advice. His regular column is called ‘Car Life’.