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We took Audi’s ‘car of the future’ for a drive

We took Audi’s ‘car of the future’ for a drive

Audi PH unveils long-awaited e-tron SUV and high performance sedan

Audi Philippines just unveiled its much awaited e-tron SUV and high performance sedan at the Audi BGC showroom with selected media and VIP guests to highlight its sustainable mobility drive called “Future Now”.

Indeed, the future is unfolding right now as Audi unleashed its high powered SUV and high performance sedans. We first saw the e-tron concept introduced at the Audi Brand Experience in Singapore in 2018 and since then, Audi has doubled the number of electric models globally.   

Spearheading this transition towards a sustainable and premium electric-powered mobility, Audi is now offering its e-tron SUV and e-tron GT as well as the RS e-tron GT. It has already pre-sold its first batch of units and they also took orders of the succeeding batch of orders as well.

These models are already available for viewing at the Audi PH showrooms, ushering a new age of sustainable mobility without compromising on Audi’s famed Quattro all-wheel-drive dynamics and capabilities. We took a quick drive for the day its e-tron SUV and as the brand’s first fully electric production model, it offers the same cabin space and luxurious comfort of its full-sized SUV fossil fueled siblings. Outside, the e-tron SUV still retains the familiar octagonal single frame grille albeit finished in platinum gray to signify that it is an EV. What is unique is the new horizontal struts at the lower edge of the Matrix LED headlights create the e-tron-specific signature daytime running lights and its headlamps has a light show feature where it can project Audi’s e-tron graphics at night. Another exterior visual giveaway of the e-tron is its rear diffuser that takes the place of exhaust pipes.

Inside, the front passengers are greeted by a large arc that stretches across the instrument panel to the sculpted door trims and in between the front seats is a the “floating” center tunnel with the hand rest partially covering the integrated shifter. Two large MMI touch screens replace almost every conventional switch and control, and are angled towards the driver to give it a more futuristic vibe and many of its functions can also be controlled via the natural voice control system.

Driving the etron SUV is an experience of performance and tranquility. With two electric motors rated at a total output of 408 horsepower and 664 Nm of torque, it can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.7 seconds, with a top speed electronically limited to 200 km/h. The new generation electric Quattro all-wheel drive provides superb traction and handling on any terrain and condition. The system continuously varies the distribution of torque between the two axles.

Its Audi drive select allows the driver to select various settings depending on the driving situation, road condition or personal preference, including settings for the air suspension with adaptive dampers, allowing the driver to choose between comfort and sporty handling and can also alter the vehicle’s ride height by as much as 76 millimeters. The battery power pack is placed in between the two axles giving it a very low center of gravity that improves the handling of the vehicle.

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With a full charge, the Audi e-tron SUV can cover as much as 484 kilometers, thanks mainly to an innovative recuperation system that recovers energy when the vehicle is coasting, and when the brake pedal is pressed. In both cases, the electric motors function as a generator and convert kinetic energy into electricity. Depending on where you live, each charge costs about P500 to P700 only, compared to about P4,000 for a full tank of fuel.

We are excited to try out the new high performance Audi e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT, as seen in Marvel’s Tony Stark in the Avenger’s movie.  The Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT four-door coupes are a combination of supercar performance and practical two-row seating. Since there is no engine bay to eat up cargo space, the rear compartment can accommodate 405 liters of luggage while the storage compartment beneath the front hood provides another 81 liters of space.

The Audi e-tron GT also uses two electric motors with a combined output 530 horsepower and 630 Nm of torque, allowing the car to reach 100 km/h from a standstill in only 4.1 seconds. Also paired to the electric motors is the electric Quattro all-wheel drive system. The beefier Audi RS e-tron GT delivers 646 horsepower and 830 Nm of torque, making the car the most powerful production model Audi has ever produced. Also equipped with an electric Quattro all-wheel drive system, the Audi RS e-tron GT sprints from 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds.