Audi has a new all-electric flagship. With bones from the Porsche Taycan, the E-Tron GT and RS E-Tron GT are very fast.
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After leaks, teasers and a wealth of information, the Audi E-Tron GT and RS E-Tron GT were officially launched.
Audi has confirmed that the cars will touch down in the third quarter of 2021. Prices and specifications will be announced closer to their arrival
Here are the key numbers for the E-Tron GT and the RS E-Tron GT:
* The E-Tron GT has an output of 350 kW and a torque of 630 Nm from its twin-engine all-wheel drive
* The RS E-Tron GT has an output of 440 kW and a torque of 830 Nm from its two-engine all-wheel drive
* Both vehicles have an overboost and increase the output in the GT to 390 kW and in the RS to 475 kW when the start control is active
* The 100 km / h sprint takes 4.1 seconds in the GT and just 3.3 seconds in the RS
* Both vehicles use a 93 kWh (85 kWh usable) lithium-ion battery, which enables rapid charging of 270 kW direct current. Like the Taycan, the E-Tron GT also has an electric 800 V architecture
* The claimed range for the E-Tron GT is 488 km in the tougher WLTP test cycle
Now the numbers are out of the way, what is the E-Tron GT? Imagine Audi’s new electric flagship, a lightning-fast Grand Tourer built on the same chassis as the Porsche Taycan.
It will be built alongside the Audi R8 V10 internal combustion engine at the Böllinger Höfe plant in Neckarsulm.
Audi’s head of design, Marc Lichte, told the media that the changes to the 2018 concept car were limited to the wheels, door handles and details in the grille.
Audi is promoting the GT’s aerodynamics with a flat underbody, an active rear spoiler and features like the air curtain that help achieve a drag coefficient of just 0.24 in its smoothest form.
Wheels with a diameter of 19 to 21 inches are offered in a range of aero-optimized designs.
With a length of 4.99 m, a width of 1.96 m and a height of 1.41 m with a 405 liter trunk, the Audi E-Tron GT is 6 mm longer, 30 mm wider and 32 mm higher than the associated Porsche Taycan.
Under the skin, the E-Tron GT runs with passive suspension as standard, although three-chamber air suspension is available as an option and is standard on the RS.
Rear-wheel steering is optional on both models to tighten the turning circle in the city and to achieve a longer wheelbase feel at higher speeds.
Inside, the E-Tron GT packs the latest MMI infotainment system from Audi in a deep, sexy package.
The driver is faced with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for the virtual cockpit, and there is a 10.1-inch touchscreen on the dashboard.
Unlike the latest family cars from Audi, there is no separate screen for the air conditioning, and a head-up display is optional in Europe.
Audi is keen to announce the qualification of the car as a real Grand Tourer and claims that the back seat is “also suitable for adults” thanks to a scalloped battery that frees up the footwell under the front seats.
As you would expect, the interior is available with a choice of leather or vegan surfaces.
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