It’s easy enough to make any brand new model look good under pulsing lights at a glamorous internal launch – but the new all-electric Audi GT models don’t need the lights, the music or the glamour to make a lasting impression.
4 March, 2021
Marc Lichte and his team at Audi design have every reason to be proud of the new Audi e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT. At their joint international launch just weeks ago, the performance electric GTs made a tremendous impression to the world online and now, captured here on the road in Hamburg, they show how the new breed of performance e-mobility looks in the ‘real world’.
The svelte exteriors conceal the state-of-the-art technology that is responsible for the extraordinary performance and range for both vehicles. Their lithium-ion battery is located low in the floorpan to give a low centre of gravity that aids handling and frees up space in the luxurious cabins. The battery holds net energy of 84 kWh and is preconditioned for the fastest possible changing on the road.
This powers two permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM) motors – one on each axle – delivering power to all four wheels through all-electric quattro drive via a two-speed transmission moon ted on the rear axle. This results in the Audi e-tron GT quattro delivering a total output of 350kW and 630Nm while the RS e-tron GT outputs 440kW and 830Nm. These power figures increase to 390kW and 475kW respectively thanks to launch control.
In real world terms, this lates to a blistering sprint to 100km/h from standstill of 4.1 seconds for the Audi e-tron GT quattro and 3.1 seconds for the RS model – with top speeds of 245km/h and 250-km/h respectively.
With multiple charging options including ultra fast charging available, distance is no issue, with these high-performance models capable of ranges of up to 488 kilometres (e-tron GT) and 472 kilometres (RS e-tron GT) on a single full charge.
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