Audi has been one of the pioneers in bringing Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) power to the premium segment, such as the e-tron SUV.
But the brand will pick up a few things with the arrival of the e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT mid-year models. Based around the same platform and powertrain technology as Porsche TaycanThe GT is Audi’s first pure electric sports car – and in its flagship form, the first BEV to wear the iconic RS badge.
There are clear boundaries between the standard and RS versions, although they both use the same capacity 93kWh battery, with dual electric motors (including a two-speed transmission at the rear).
The $ 194,500 E-tron quattro delivers 390kW / 640Nm at “increased peak power output” and is good for 0-100km / h in 4.1 seconds, with a WLTP range of 487km.
$ 273,500 The RS e-tron GT moves up to 475kW / 830Nm, 0-100km / h in 3.3 seconds and a range of 472km.
To make a clear comparison, the Porsche Taycan equivalent of the e-tron GT Quattro is $ 203,900 4S, with the same output and 0-100km / h 4.0 seconds. To upgrade the e-tron GT’s RS you’ll need to hop on the $ 289,900 Taycan Turbo, which is substantially more expensive but has more power (500kW / 850Nm) and hits 100km / h in 3.2 seconds.
There are many dynamic differences between the standard model and the RS GT. Although only the entry model is called the “quattro,” they are all wheel drive. But the rear differential opens on the standard car, while the RS gets a computer-controlled rear differential lock and four-wheel steering.
The E-tron GT uses 20-inch wheels with mixed-sized tires: 245/45 front and 285/40 rear. RS uses up to 21 inch yp rims, with 265/35 front rubber and 305/430 rear.
Other extras for the RS include tungsten carbide coated brakes and red calipers, matrix LED lights, assignable “e-tron sports sound” that can be played through the speaker, the Bang & Olufsen 710W audio system to better enjoy sports sound (or music. Yourself if necessary) and a dedicated RS steering wheel, with larger aluminum pedals.
Both GT models run an 800 volt power system that allows ultra-high-speed charging – up to 270kW at compatible DC stations such as Hyper Chargers introduced by the Kiwi company, ChargeNet.
The E-tron GT comes with a “Compact” charging system that allows home charging up to 7.2kW. RS has a more powerful and sophisticated “Connect” setup that is rated for 22kW when linked to a compatible home management system.
AUDI E-TRON GT
MACHINE: 93kWh lithium-ion battery, twin electric motors
POWER: 390kW / 640Nm (e-tron GT quatttro), 475kW / 830Nm (RS e-tron GT)
GEARBOX: Single speed front, two speed rear, AWD
PRICE RANGE: $ 194,500- $ 273,500.