After several production delays, Audi’s first electric sedan is finally here. However, buyers who order today will have to wait a long time.
Almost 12 months after the opening of the order books, the Audi E-Tron GT Electric sedan has arrived in Australia.
The Audi E-Tron GT was unveiled in February 2021 ahead of planned deliveries in Australia in the second half of the year – before being pushed back to early 2022 and then extended to early 2023.
Audi Australia began accepting orders for the high-performance electric car in February 2022 – priced at approximately $180,000 plus road costs – ahead of deliveries, which are due in September 2022, but due to production delays, arrivals have been pushed to January 2023 postponed.
Customers who order today must expect an additional waiting time. Audi Australia estimates there is a wait of around three and a half months for new E-Tron GT orders.
“For E-Tron GT (waiting time is) around 14 weeks depending on (trim and model class),” said Jeff Mannering, managing director of Audi Australia drive. “Most of (the delay) is logistics to get from one side of the world to the other.”
Despite the delayed market launch, Audi is satisfied with the order intake.
Mr Mannering declined to confirm how many orders Audi has taken, but said: “We’re very pleased with the number of orders we’ve received because it’s been a while since the … official announcement that it was coming.” Has lasted.
“So people have had a lot of time to think about it and now it’s good that the cars are here so they can touch them, feel them and drive them. So it’s going well; it’s probably what we expected.”
The Audi E-Tron GT hit Australian showrooms last month with a choice of two model classes.
The entry-level E-Tron GT starts at $180,200 plus street cost. It’s powered by two electric motors that deliver 350 kW and 630 Nm in normal driving and increase to 390 kW in “boost mode” – good for a 0 to 100 km/h time of 4.1 seconds and up to 488 km claimed WLTP range.
The performance-oriented Audi RS E-Tron GT is also powered by two electric motors, but with an output increased to 440 kW – or 475 kW with overboost – and 830 Nm. Its claim from 0-100 km/h is 3.3 seconds.
Audi specifies a range of 433 to 472 km in the WLTP test cycle. Price is $248,200 before road costs and options.
Despite the $68,000 price difference for the high-performance RS model, said Matthew Dale, Audi Australia national product manager drive more than half of the E-Tron GT customers opted for the RS variant.
“RS is cheaper in terms of allocation, over 50 percent,” said Mr. Dale. That is said to be in line with other Audi models with RS versions, with Mr Dale confirming that Australia is the sixth largest customer for Audi RS models worldwide.
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