Audi RS E-tron GT prototype drive

Of course, premium EVs being ridiculously fast isn’t news any more: of more interest is what Audi’s engineers have done to make the E-tron GT better in corners – and happily, this is the bit they would actually talk about.

The big development is a new active suspension system (equivalent to the new Porsche Active Ride system on the Taycan), which uses hydraulic actuators to adjust each wheel to smooth out the ride.

The system uses car data and sensors that ‘read’ the road to automatically adjust for bumps and dips, while in sportier modes, it can even tilt the car into corners or pitch the body forward and backwards.

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It’s subtle but effective, with Reil saying much focus was put on broadening the E-tron GT’s performance window. So in the standard driving modes, it will do more work to smooth the ride for a relaxing, grand touring experience; and in the sportier modes, it will stiffen up and work to aid turn in and handling.

On a bumpy test route, the potential of the system was clear, and it helped disguise much of the E-tron GT’s still-considerable weight (even if it goes on the same weight-loss diet as the new laycan, this is still likely to be a two-tonne car). That broader window should serve the RS E-tron GT well, given the duality of its brief.

From this early taste, then, this feels like an effective update that should boost the E-tron GT’s already considerable appeal.

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