The new Audi e-tron GT and RS are a fresh take on electric sports GTs

Audi RS e-tron GT
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Audi RS e-tron GT
Audi RS e-tron GT
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Audi RS e-tron GT
Audi RS e-tron GT
Audi RS e-tron GT
Audi RS e-tron GT interior
Audi RS e-tron GT interior
Audi e-tron GT quattro
Audi e-tron GT quattro
Audi e-tron GT quattro

Unlike the Porsche Taycan with which this new e-Tron GT shares a close association, the new car from Audi feels like it’s settled very comfortably into its role of a luxurious four door GT. Never trying to imitate a different model or pretend to be an R8, the e-tron has ushered in a new design language to suit the very nature of the car and engineering that lie beneath. Audi are offering two specs: e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT. 

Of course the longer you look, the more you see the Porsche Taycan in the proportions, but it just seems to work that little bit better here. The low drag coefficient of 0.24 seems an incredible achievement given its muscular surfacing.

At 4.99 meters (16.4 ft) in length, 1.96 meters (6.4 ft) wide, and 1.41 meters (4.6 ft) tall, it’s also a little bit longer and taller than Porsche’s Taycan.

The battery is a 85 kWh (93 kWh gross) unit with a voltage level of 800 volts with a range of up to 487 km (302.6 mi). Audi claim a 5 minute charge will net you about 100 km (62.1 mi). Initially the AC charge will output 11 kW with the option to upgrade to 22 kW after launch, which DC charging outputs 270 kW.

The figures we’re used to however, read like this: for the e-tron GT quattro, the total output is 350 kW (476 PS) and 630 Nm (464.7 lb-ft) of torque (in boost mode 640 Nm (472.0 lb-ft)), while the RS e-tron GT1 outputs 440 kW (598 PS) and 830 Nm (612.2 lb-ft) of torque.

Performance is slightly down on the Porsche however this is a slightly different concept and Tesla bating headline figures aren’t the end goal. 0–100 km/h is quoted in 4.1 for the e-tron GT quattro and 3.3 seconds for the RS e-tron GT.

We all know electric cars benefit from low centres of gravity and the e-Tron is no different. Standard it gets controlled damping, a rear-axle differential lock, and Audi’s drive select dynamic handling system or if you choose the RS model, you’ll get controlled rear axle differential lock and three-chamber air suspension adaptive air suspension as standard but it can be specced for the regular GT quattro model. Optional for both cars is all-wheel steering.

The quattro gets steel discs while the RS uses cast iron discs with a tungsten carbide coating (also optional on the quattro) which helps reduce wear and flash rust, which you probably won’t even see if you spec the optional 21-inch wheels. It’s 19-inch wheels as standard for the quattro and 20-inch wheels for the RS which can be specced in three different designs.

Inside the cabin, the main controls are slightly driver-oriented, with a welcome return of wrap around dashboard integrating with the doors. There’s the ability to spec a wide variety of interiors too with Audi keen for their leather-free recycled material interiors to take centre stage. As expected, there’s a large 10.1-inch touch screen and 12.3-inch “virtual cockpit plus” for the driver.

It would be very easy to write an essay on all the features and functions of both these models, so tech-laden are they. But there are some fundamentals which will draw customers to this car, much like they have done since the first cars were made. The design is very much part of the Audi family yet is progressive. It’s a very handsome, muscular shape that has the right amount of “future” designed into it. It’s going to be well built, because it’s an Audi. And because it’s an Audi, it’s easy for existing and new customers to buy into.

The electric super GT tests are going to get really interesting.

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