Audi launches the e-tron GT Quattro and RS e-tron GT
Audi has revealed the e-tron GT models that it will be launching this year and, it has to be said, they look fantastic.
The all-electric, four-door is to be available in two variants – the GT Quattro and RS models – but both are sure to be exhilarating machines.
Both the ‘entry-level’ GT variant and the RS get permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) on front and rear axles with the GT motors’ net combined output set at 350kW – or up to 390Kw with overboost – and 630Nm of torque (640Nm with overboost). Audi says this will give the GT performance numbers of 0-100km/h in around 4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 245km/h.
The RS gets a beefier rear motor that produces 336kW.
Together, the front and rear motors in the RS produce 440kW and up to 475kW with overboost. Total system torque is 830Nm. Audi claims this gives the RS monster performance figures of 0-100km/h in a touch over 3 seconds and a 250km/h top speed.
The e-tron models get a two-speed transmission – the first designed to provide rapid acceleration when needed and a taller second gear for sustained highway stretches.
All Audi e-tron GT models in the U.S. will benefit from a 85 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is housed within an aluminium frame designed for structural rigidity and to protect occupants.
An 800-volt electrical architecture allows for charging at 270kW using DC fast-chargers. Audi says this will allow the car to replenish its battery from 5-80 per cent in 22.5 minutes and claims a range of up to 487km.
A portfolio of alloy wheels will be available from 19 to 21 inches and steel disk brakes are standard on the GT, while the RS gets fitted with cast iron disks with a tungsten carbide coating. Adaptive suspension is is optional in the GT quattro while it is standard in the RS.
Technology stuff aside, the e-tron GT looks the business. Low and wide, with a drag coefficient of just 0.24, it looks as quick as the numbers Audi claims.
On the inside, there is plenty going on. There are two two large displays. The driver operates the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit plus display via the multifunction steering wheel and controls the 10.1-inch central MMI touch display via touch.
There is an optional head-up display.
Interior trim is leather-free as standard with the upholstery made with a high percentage of recycled material. A Nappa leather option is available. The color palette comprises nine colors, including a new colour called Tactical Green. Audi says it can provide two variants of the black styling package upon request.
Presales of the e-tron GT models started in Europe in February. The GT quattro has a base price of €99,800 ($AU156,485) and the RS model comes in at €138,200 ($AU216,694).
17 March 2021