Audi e-tron GT – Tony Stark for a Weekend

In one scene from Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark races back to headquarters in a sleek, quiet car. It was a supercar-looking sedan with four rings on the grille – the Audi e-tron GT. Futuristic yet elegant, it left a lasting impression on me. Just wow. 

While that scene may have felt like an Audi commercial, it was effective enough to make me want to drive that car. And now, here we are, sharing my thoughts after doing so. 

They say never meet your heroes, but if it’s a car like this, plus the chance to feel like Tony Stark for a weekend, risks be damned.

Athletic Yet Somewhat Corporate

The Audi e-tron GT immediately captivates with its exterior design. One of the first things you’ll notice is the dancing LEDs that come to life when you lock or unlock the doors. This little touch is a thrill every time and feels like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. 

Audi’s matrix LED lighting has long been a benchmark in the automotive industry, and in the e-tron GT, it’s as neat as it is functional, casting a brilliant and precise light on the road.

Driving the e-tron GT turned heads wherever I went. While it may not have the same sleek lines as its Porsche Taycan cousin, the e-tron GT has a distinctive, somewhat corporate look that feels fit for a billionaire genius. 

Despite having four doors, it maintains a coupe-like sleekness. The side silhouette deserves nothing but praise, boasting an athletic, supercar-like stance. The sculpted hips and rear diffuser add to its sporty appeal, making it look fast even when standing still.

Its size is imposing; this is a huge sedan, longer and wider than most midsize SUVs. Yet, it never feels bulky or unwieldy. The e-tron GT commands presence on the road with a blend of elegance and aggression.

Slightly Flawed

Step inside, and the Audi e-tron GT continues to impress. The interior, typical of most Audis, is straightforward and easy to familiarize with. The monotone color scheme is brought to life with premium materials, including full-grain leather that feels luxurious to the touch. The font on the button labels looks classy, adding to the overall premium feel of the cabin.

However, there is an abundance of piano black plastics on touchpoints. While they look nice, they are prone to fingerprints and smudges. Front space is abundant, providing ample room for both driver and passenger to stretch out. The touchscreen infotainment system, although a bit smaller than some of its contemporaries, has a premium display. It felt confusing at first but became intuitive after a day of use.

The panoramic glass roof, or “sky roof” as I like to call it, allows natural light to flood the cabin day or night. It doesn’t have a cover, but the tinting is effective enough that I didn’t feel the heat of the sun, even at noon. As expected, the e-tron GT boasts a massive cargo area. While I didn’t get to open the hood to check the front trunk or “frunk,” the rear storage space was more than sufficient for any needs.

Rear passenger space is generous, though the center seat is not particularly comfortable. The rear A/C vents, including floor-mounted ones pointed towards the face, are a nice touch. Despite the coupe-like shape, the rear seats don’t feel claustrophobic. However, there are areas for improvement: the center console has minimal cubbyholes, there are no USB charging ports outside the center console box (forcing you to keep your phone in there), and while there’s wireless Apple CarPlay, there’s no wireless charging in this variant. Perhaps it needs Tony Stark’s arc reactor for that feature.

Why Need An RS?

Driving the non-RS e-tron GT, which makes “only” 475 hp and 630 Nm of torque, was an exhilarating experience. It accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, but on the road, it feels even faster. This car is not for the faint-hearted. The lack of a traditional transmission, with electric motors directly powering the axles, means instant acceleration. Every pull buries your head into the headrest, reminding you of the sheer power at your disposal.

The e-tron GT is quick and agile, and despite its heft and size, it maneuvers like a smaller car. City driving is surprisingly easy thanks to its agility. The brakes are equally impressive, biting hard to manage all that speed effectively.

With a fully charged battery, the e-tron GT offers nearly 500 km of range. During my test, the range felt lower, but that’s probably because I was having too much fun and not paying attention to power consumption – not that a Tony Stark would care about such things.

What An Experience

Driving the Audi e-tron GT gave me a taste of what it must feel like to be Tony Stark for a weekend. The experience was exhilarating, and I can only imagine how much more intense it would be with the more powerful RS e-tron GT.

The Audi e-tron GT is an experience in itself, worth its ballpark figure of nearly P10 million. It’s not without its flaws, but those are minor in the grand scheme of things. For a weekend, I felt like Tony Stark, and it was as amazing as it sounds. 

Whether you’re an Iron Man fan or just someone who appreciates fine engineering and design, the Audi e-tron GT is a car that delivers on every front. It’s a vehicle that turns heads, performs brilliantly, and offers a glimpse into the future of electric mobility, all while making you feel like a superhero.

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