After a thorough gestation process, Audi finally pulls the drapes off its first ever all-electric sport sedans, the e-tron GT Quattro and RS e-tron GT. Built alongside the Audi R8 supercar at the carbon-neutral Böllinger Höfe assembly plant, the e-tron GT family aims at taking Audi performance into a new generation of battery powered high-velocity sedans.
It’s no secret that Audi’s e-tron GT lineup borrows much of its mechanical components to the Porsche Taycan. Yet, Audi made sure to inject the cars with their own character. It all starts with the beautifully sculpted body that doesn’t depart much from the original Audi e-tron GT concept car that was unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
With wide hips, a curvaceous body and an aggressive stance, the e-tron GT is low, wide and extremely aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of only 0.24.
Inside, the e-tron GT gets a bespoke Audi-designed interior. Everything has a clean, angular look and feel to it, giving this hyper sedan a properly futuristic vibe. In front of the driver sits a fully digital 12.3-inch gauge pod, while a 10.1-inch infotainment system covers the center stack. Audi also went through great lengths to fine tune the e-tron GT’s operating sounds to give it its own unique personality while enhancing driver engagement.
Quick charging, big power
Underneath that long grand-tourer body sits a 93.4 kWh battery pack (85.7 kWh usable) which can receive 800-volt charging. This means it can charge up to 80% within only 22 minutes when connected to the proper charger.
Total combined output from two axle-mounted electric motors is 470 horsepower (523 horsepower with overboost) and 472 lb-ft for the e-tron GT Quattro. The RS e-tron GT cranks things up to 590 horsepower (637 horsepower with overboost) and 612 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to all-wheel drive, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is achieved in 4.1 or 3.3 seconds respectively. Audi says range will vary between 429 km (266 miles) and 488 km (303 miles) according to WLTP standards. But expect that number to drop after EPA testing. Realistically, we should see similar real-world range as a Porsche Taycan; roughly 363 km (225 miles).
Release date and price
Audi’s electrified sedans kick off at a similar price point as a Porsche Taycan. The entry level e-tron GT Premium plus sells for $99,900 USD, while the top-spec RS e-tron GT stickers for $139,900 USD before options. All models will hit showrooms this summer. Here’s to hoping Audi will add a wagon version like Porsche just did with the Taycan Cross Turismo.
|2022 Audi e-tron GT quattro Premium Plus||$99,900|
|2022 Audi e-tron GT quattro Prestige||$107,100|
|2022 Audi RS e-tron GT||$139,900|