Audi unveiled the e-tron GT concept in 2018. Since its unveiling multiple sightings of the EV have been spotted. It even made it into an Avengers movie thanks to some strategic product placement. Since its unveiling the concept has undergone multiple changes and Audi unveiled the production version of the new electric GT today.
Audi said about the new electric GT: “Its classically beautiful design proportions are accentuated by large wheels, a wide track, and long wheelbase – lower and wider than the Audi A7 while maintaining approximately the same length. Aesthetics arise from efficiency; an inverted Singleframe grille reinterprets honeycomb design elements, distinctive quattro blisters above each wheel, and a flat greenhouse with sloping roofline define e-tron GT design. Coupled with radiator and brake duct air inlets that can close when not needed to optimize aerodynamics, drag coefficient is a low 0.24, helping the e-tron GT move with efficiency in complement with its velocity.”
Some other design highlights of the production version of the e-tron GT include:
-U.S. models will come to market with standard 20-inch 5-double-spoke alloy wheels with gray accents; vehicles equipped with the performance package have 20-inch 5-double-spoke alloy wheels with black accents; the RS e-tron GT comes with standard 20-inch 5-spoke AERO wheels or available 21-inch wheel
-Standard for RS e-tron GT models is a lightweight, high-strength, five-layer carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof – a first for an Audi vehicle and a segment-exclusive feature
-Available HD Matrix-design headlights with Audi laser light for greater high-beam visibilit
-Strongly chiseled lower doorsill lines that emphasize the battery pack as the car’s powerhouse and foundation
-Inside, standard is a leather-free interior featuring recycled materials; Dinamica® and Alcantara come standard; Nappa leather is available\
-The “monoposto” cockpit angles the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit and 10.1-inch MMI touch response displays toward the driver
-Standard is a full-circumference, flat-bottom steering wheel, wrapped in Alcantara; a perforated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and capacitive hands-on detection are available
As mentioned above the Audi RS e-tron GT sits on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan. However, the automaker has done some of its own development on the vehicle that should result in a different feel and performance. Otherwise, the two electric sedans, spec-wise, are quite similar with a 93.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 800-volt system capable of charging at 270 kW.
Audi described the drivetrain on the e-tron GT: “An element of performance the Audi e-tron GT shares with the world’s most thrilling roller coasters also contributes to its exhilarating performance: permanently excited magnets. Found in both the front and rear axles of the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT, permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) are ideal for the e-tron GT thanks to the motors’ ample, instant torque from a standstill. The e-tron GT produces 175 kW (238 PS) at its front motor and 320 kW (435 PS) at its rear motor. The motors’ net combined output is 350 kW (476 PS) or up to 390 kW (530 PS) with overboost for 2.5 seconds with launch control and 630 Nm (464.7 lb- ft)of torque. This allows the e-tron GT to repeatedly accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds on the way to a top track speed of 152 mph.”
Audi described the RS e-tron GT drivetrain: “The RS e-tron GT shares its front motor with the entry e-tron GT but has a more powerful rear motor, capable of producing outputs 335 kW (456 PS). Together, the motors in the RS e-tron GT produce a net 440 kW (598 PS) and up to 475 kW (646 PS) with overboost. Total system torque is 830 Nm (612.2 lb-ft). As a result, the RS e-tron GT can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds and has a 155 mph top track speed. That places the acceleration of RS e-tron GT on par with the V10-powered Audi R8 supercar – all while generating zero direct emissions.”
So far, there has been no information released regarding the EPA range of the e-tron GT. According to the automaker, it will be released closer to launch but they expect the e-tron GT it to be able achieve 238 miles and the RS e-tron GT 232 miles. More than what the Taycan achieves with the same platform.
With its unvieling, the automaker also said we should expect to see both the 2022 Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT at US dealerships this summer. Audi plans to release more details in regards to different trims once deliveries get closer. To date, Audi has released pricing information as follows:
–Audi e-tron GT quattro Premium Plus: $99,900
–Audi e-tron GT quattro Prestige: $107,100
–Audi RS e-tron GT: $139,900