“We’re happy that the fully electric Audi e-tron GT quattro* was a finalist in three categories only a year after its world premiere,” said Oliver Hoffmann, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development, after the awards program. "The fact that the Audi e-tron GT quattro* takes the title of "World Performance Car" and thus this award goes to Audi for the fifth time makes us particularly proud, of course. The Audi e-tron GT quattro* proves that electric mobility can be sustainable, dynamic, and fascinating all at once. That’s why it is an important part of our commitment to electric mobility.” As of 2026, Audi will only be launching new models with electric drive systems onto the global market. Starting in 2025, all production at Audi locations will be carbon neutral. That is already happening now in Brussels, Győr, and the Böllinger Höfe, where the Audi e-tron GT quattro* is produced.
Sophisticated thermal management system for reproducible performance
The performance that earned the Audi e-tron GT quattro* its World Performance Car award is ensured, to a great extent, by a sophisticated thermal management system. In the Audi e-tron GT quattro*, that system consists of four thermal circuits. That means that the battery and the components of the drive system each stay at their ideal temperature, resulting in performance characteristics that can be reproduced at any time.
Thanks to intelligent thermal management, anyone who uses the e-tron route planner in the e-tron GT quattro* will put the battery in an ideal temperature range for charging, depending on the exterior temperature, even while the car is driving – which is useful for fast charging with up to 270 kW.
Audi continues to expand its winning streak
This year's victory brings the brand with the four rings to eleven first places at the World Car Awards. That makes Audi the most successful manufacturer in the history of that award.
Audi’s victories at the World Car Awards
2005 Audi A6 World Car of the Year
2007 Audi RS 4 World Performance Car Audi TT World Car Design of the Year
2008 Audi R8 World Performance Car Audi R8 World Car Design of the Year
2010 Audi R8 V10 World Performance Car
2014 Audi A3 World Car of the Year
2016 Audi R8 World Performance Car
2018 Audi A8 World Luxury Car 2019 Audi A7 Sportback World Luxury Car
2022 Audi e-tron GT quattro World Performance Car
Since it’s arrival in New Zealand in July 2021 Audi New Zealand have delivered 40 Audi e-tron GT quattro’s* and 32 RS e-tron GT’s**. There are a further 20 pre-sold before they have even arrived in the country.
“This model is shaping the future of Audi and it is incredible to see it being recognised with such a prestigious award in the automotive industry,” said Dean Sheed, General Manager, Audi New Zealand. “It’s clear to see that the New Zealand market appreciate the first performance e-tron model as well. We have seen solid sales of the Audi e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT since it’s launch last year with a total of 72 on the road.”
“The e-tron GT combines mind-bending performance with everyday useability, spectacular style, sophisticated luxury, and a commitment to sustainability that defines Audi’s vision of premium mobility. “Dean adds.
The Audi e-tron GT quattro* and Audi RS e-tron GT** are available now at New Zealand Audi authorised dealerships Nationwide from with a MRP from $194,500^.
Additional information about the Audi e-tron GT quattro* and Audi RS e-tron GT** is available at audi.co.nz
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