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- Light on Its Feet, Less Temperamental Than Tesla
- Audi e-tron GT Frequently Asked Questions
- How much will the Audi e-tron GT cost?
- Is Audi e-tron GT fully electric?
- What is the range of the Audi e-tron GT?
- How long does it take to charge the Audi e-tron GT?
- How fast is the new Audi e-tron GT?
- Real Energy Consumption Estimation between 150 – 288 Wh/km
- Battery and Charging
- Audi worldwide
- Initial Impression
Light on Its Feet, Less Temperamental Than Tesla
Much of the initial wow factor associated with the RS e-tron GT is derived from the dual-motor wallop delivered by its electric drivetrain. Managing the front and rear axles and married to an 85-kWh battery, the system delivers a nominal 590 horsepower. On top of that, an overboost function harnesses the full might of the vehicle’s cooling system to perk things up to 637 horses and 612 lb-ft of torque for 2.5 of the 3.1 seconds it officially takes the Audi to reach 60 mph when using its launch control system.
If those numbers seem absurd it’s because they are. While not quite as quick as the mightiest model Porsche Taycan (that shares the e-tron GT’s 800-volt platform), it’s well within an eye-blink in real-world testing that drops the actual timed run below the three-second mark. Consider, too, that despite being a second slower than the 1,020 horsepower Tesla Model S Plaid, the e-tron requires none of the theatrics associated with that vehicle’s Drag Strip mode launch control (which requires up to 15 minutes of battery conditioning before engaging). Simply hold the brake and flatten the go-pedal in Dynamic mode and the Audi is away — over and over again, too, thanks to the GT’s excellent thermal management.
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Catapult party tricks eventually wear out, but the overall effect of the RS e-tron GT’s instant-on torque never does. Underneath the right shoe lies a bottomless pool of pound-feet that can be plunged into at any point, rewarding the driver with the kind of responsive, reality-bending thrust more often associated with plus-size circus cannons. Combined with the vehicle’s two-speed transmission, its all-wheel drive system (which instantaneously shuffles power delivery from one wheel to the another to maintain traction and stability), and the RS edition’s standard rear-axle steering, the e-tron GT betrays almost none of its 5,100 or so pounds of curb weight.
Even in corners its bulk is largely obscured, concentrated as low as it is in the chassis (with the vehicle’s overall ride height two inches shorter than the gas-fired RS7 sedan). It’s primarily when braking from the terrifying top speeds easily reachable by the Audi that its true heft is revealed, especially on the winter tires my test vehicle was outfitted with. I was asked to learn a new language to communicate with a car whose every move was couched in an envelope of electrons, but that’s part of the fun of engaging with a new culture — one that will eventually work its electric anthropology into the lives of drivers at every rung of the pricing ladder.
Audi e-tron GT Frequently Asked Questions
How much will the Audi e-tron GT cost?
The 2022 Audi e-tron GT starts at $99,900* for the e-tron GT Premium Plus. The mid-range e-tron GT Prestiege starts at $107,100*, and the top-of-the-line RS e-tron GT starts at $139,900*.
Is Audi e-tron GT fully electric?
Yes, the Audi e-tron GT is a fully electric four-door coupe. The e-tron GT features dual synchronous electric motors a 93 kWh Li-ion battery as standard, as well as quattro all-wheel drive with available e-torque vectoring plus. All Audi e-tron models are fully electric vehicles.
What is the range of the Audi e-tron GT?
Although the official EPA-estimated range is yet to be determined, Audi claims the e-tron GT has an estimated range of up to 238 miles**.
How long does it take to charge the Audi e-tron GT?
Charging the battery from 5% to 80% at a public DC fast charger takes approximately 22.5 minutes***.
How fast is the new Audi e-tron GT?
The RS e-tron GT can reach 0-60 mph in only 3.1 seconds with boost engaged, and has a top speed of 155 mph.
Real Energy Consumption Estimation between 150 – 288 Wh/km
|City – Cold Weather *||215 Wh/km|
|Highway – Cold Weather *||288 Wh/km|
|Combined – Cold Weather *||246 Wh/km|
|City – Mild Weather *||150 Wh/km|
|Highway – Mild Weather *||227 Wh/km|
|Combined – Mild Weather *||185 Wh/km|
Battery and Charging
|Battery Capacity||93.4 kWh|
|Battery Useable||85.0 kWh|
|Charge Port||Type 2|
|Port Location||Passenger Side – Front|
|Port Location 2 ‡||Driver’s Side – Front|
|Charge Power||11 kW AC|
|Charge Time (0->405 km)||9h15m|
|Charge Speed||45 km/h|
|FC Port Location||Passenger Side – Front|
|FC Port Location 2||–|
|Fastcharge Power (max)||265 kW DC|
|Fastcharge Time (41->324 km)||17 min|
|Fastcharge Speed||1000 km/h|
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While the Porsche offers a myriad of drivelines for the Taycan, Audi keeps it a lot simpler with the e-tron GT. But both share the same dual electric motors, 800-volt electrical architecture, automatic transmission, air springs, and optional all-wheel steering.
All-wheel drive is standard, as is 522 horsepower in the e-tron GT thanks to its dual electric motors. Stepping up to the RS e-tron GT brings with it 637 horsepower. To extract every ounce of speed, Audi thoughtfully provides launch control.
With that kind of power, you’d expect quick 0-60 mph times, with the e-tron GT posting a 3.9 second time, and the RS doing it in 3.1 seconds, according to the automaker.
The electric motors are powered by a 93-kwh battery pack that provides an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range in the base car, and 232 miles in the RS, which translates to 83 MPGe in the e-tron GT and 82 MPGe in the RS.
And if you need to recuperate power, Audi uses the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for adjusting the regenerative braking, so it can be adjusted on the fly.
The RS can be optioned with rear-wheel steering as that turns the rear wheels in the same direction as the fronts at high speed to improve stability. Below 30 mph, the rear wheels turn opposite to the fronts to improve maneuverability.
Little will prepare you for the g-forces involved when you enact the e-tron’s launch control mode for the first time. It makes for an extreme thrill ride, one that presses you back into your seat. That’s because all of its power is available at any time. Just plant your right foot and count to three. One. Two. Three. Now you’re going 60 mph on your way to “I’m sorry officer. How fast was I going?” Your driving privileges may never survive this car.
The sheer amount of thrust and speed is intoxicating. Couple in the total lack of body roll, and an adaptive suspension that still manages to absorb the worst our crumbling infrastructure cares to offer up, and you’ll find the e-tron GT to be intoxicatingly exciting and athletic, yet surprisingly comfortable.
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The steering somewhat light, not to mention devoid of feel, but that’s not unexpected. More importantly, it’s quick and precise, aiding and abetting the suspension that allows you to drive this car with surgical precision. And there’s a bit more interior noise than you might expect for an EV. So while the 2022 Audi RS e-tron gives up some practicality for style, it’s a true GT. It places its premium on performance, which it delivers in spades, while offering up the requisite dose of comfort, which it delivers in spades as well. For those who can afford this pricey chariot, prepare to be epically entertaining every time.