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“I am truly impressed by the new Audi e-tron GT.”

The new generation of the Audi e-tron GT offers more model variants and improved parameters compared to its predecessor. Project manager Dr Jaan Mattes Reiling gives a first insight.

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Nadia Riaz-Ahmed
Tempo di lettura: 4 min

Mr Reiling, has anyone driven the new Audi e-tron GT more often than you?
I can't say, but in my role as technical project manager, I drive the vehicles quite a lot – even in the very early stages and with different software versions. I was on the road with all three models and, together with my colleagues, I also carried out the final properties acceptance test.

Technically, this is the most important change: the series now comprises three models.
Indeed, including the S, the RS and the RS performance, we now have three variants instead of two, as was previously the case. And they differ in terms of design and performance data. All three bring significant new developments when it comes to performance, suitability for everyday use and comfort. We have revised many things down to the last detail. They may not always be visible, but you can feel them when driving.

This level of detail is rather unusual for a product upgrade.
When it comes to emphasis and consistency, such as in the new Audi e-tron GT, it is indeed rather unusual, to say the least. Normally, the chassis and drive system will not change much, and the design plays a much bigger role. But the all-electric drive technology of the Audi e-tron GT has given us opportunities to take more comprehensive measures. A lot has changed compared to the predecessor model in terms of the drive, driving characteristics and the high-voltage system


As part of a three-person project management team, Dr Jaan Mattes Reiling was responsible for the chassis, drive and high-voltage system, including battery and charging technology, of the new Audi e-tron GT generation.

We achieve unrivalled acceleration in the Audi RS e-tron GT performance*.

Jaan Mattes Reiling

Front view of the Audi S e-tron GT.
Side view of the Audi S e-tron GT.

What was particularly important?
It was important to us to increase the performance data, among other things. This applies to all model variants. For instance, we revised the motors, the aerodynamics, the chassis and the brakes. Many parts of the drive on the rear axle are new, and we also modernised the power electronics on the front axle. Let me give you an example to show you the depth of detail: Even the gap between the brake pad and brake disc was adjusted to achieve less residual braking torque, which in turn benefits efficiency.

Is there anything that surprised you during the development process?
The car is actually lighter than its predecessor, yet it is more performant when it comes to the relevant parameters. In the high-voltage system, we optimised the cell chemistry of the battery and thus significantly increased the capacity without having to increase the size of the battery. New, specially developed tyres with optimised rolling resistance also contribute to a range gain in the WLTP cycle


Bird’s eye view on the Audi RS e-Tron GT.
Rear view of the Audi RS e-tron GT.

Parameters of the new Audi e-tron GT generation

More dynamic

2.5

s

is the time it takes to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in launch control mode in the new Audi RS e-tron GT performance*

Faster

320

kW

is the peak charging performance* for the models in the new Audi e-tron GT series

More reach

609

km

are possible in the Audi S e-tron GT* with one battery charge according to the WLTP cycle.

When it comes to the range, the charging speed plays an important role. What progress has been made in this area?
Charging speed is a decisive factor, especially when you want to drive your car every day. In the new Audi e-tron GT, the maximum charging performance* has been increased by 50 kW to 320 kW, which in itself is a remarkable value. No less important for me, however, is the further improved charging curve. This means that the vehicle can now maintain high charging power over an even longer period of time.

Front view of the Audi RS e-tron GT Performance.
Side view of the Audi RS e-tron GT Performance.

What are your personal highlights?
It’s not that easy to say. We can achieve unrivalled acceleration in the Audi RS e-tron GT performance*. With the hydraulic suspension with active damper control, we now offer an optional technology that, in my opinion, is unmatched. What makes me particularly happy: We incorporated specific feedback from our customers, be it about recuperation or the graphic display of charging power in the MMI. I have accompanied the development of many Audi models in my time, and I am genuinely impressed by the fact that we were able to add so many innovations to a vehicle like the Audi e-tron GT, which was actually pretty perfect before!

All three Audi e-tron GT models.
 
Rear view of the Audi S e-tron GT.

More intense than ever

The new, all-electric Audi S e-tron GT * combines emotional design with a powerful drive and dynamic handling. The Gran Turismo impresses with significantly increased values when it comes to range, performance, charging and handling and offers exciting new features such as the smart panoramic glass roof: At the touch of a button, the PDLC technology (Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal) changes from transparent to non-transparent. Discover your possibilities in the Audi S e-tron GT *.