Audi drops the covers off the new e-tron GT Quattro

Performance electric range includes the Audi S e-tron GT, the Audi RS e-tron GT and the Audi RS e-tron GT performance.

Since its launch in 2021, the Audi e-tron GT quattro has been the flagship model in the Ingolstadt-based company’s performance portfolio. The four-door sportscar builds on Audi’s performance lineage with a muscular design and performance-bent drive system. The new model boasts improved range and charging, better performance and handling. There’s also an RS e-tron GT performance version – Audi’s first fully electric RS performance model.

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Audi RS e-tron GT being charged, red brake caliper showing through wheel
Audi RS e-tron GT

The new e-tron GT quattro visually builds on the brand’s distinctive design language with an expressive front end underscored by a colour-coded, single-frame grille with sculptural 3D honeycomb shaping. At the rear, an aerodynamic diffuser with vertical fins dominates proceedings with L-shaped blades that come as standard in black or carbon fibre. Another detail from the brand’s racing pedigree is a vertical, red reflector between the aero channels.

The Audi RS e-tron GT performance features unique design elements to differentiate it from the RS e-tron GT with a matte, darkened carbon roof with optional carbon camouflage trim (Carbon Black or Carbon Vorsprung trims only). These elements are reserved exclusively for the RS performance. The carbon camouflage is used in the embossed bumper structures, the door trim, parts of the rear diffuser and the mirrors.

Audi S e-tron GT driving on the road at speed
Audi S e-tron GT

“With the e-tron GT models, we are setting new standards in performance. The increased charging power and electric all-wheel drive ensure improved long-distance capability and considerably more performance. The newly developed chassis offers an unprecedented range between driving comfort, ride comfort, and driving dynamics,’ says Gernot Döllner, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.

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There are new wheels, too – 20-inch multi-spoke items available for the S e-tron GT. Audi has also added two new twin-spoke 21-inch wheels for the RS models that resemble the venerable “AVUS wheel” of 1991 of the Audi Avus quattro study.

In terms of the powertrain, permanent-magnet synchronous motors (PSM) are used on the front axle of the S e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT for a system output of 176 kW (239 PS) each. The RS e-tron GT performance has modified power electronics on the front axle with a revised pulse inverter for even higher discharge currents. The newly developed electric motor on the rear axle is also a permanent-magnet synchronous motor (PSM) with an output of 415 kW each. The maximum total output of the drive system in the S e-tron GT is 500 kW, while the RS e-tron GT has a maximum electric output of 630 kW. The RS e-tron GT performance delivers an output of 680 kW, making it the most powerful production car ever built by Audi.

Audi S e-tron GT 3/4 from the rear with blue gradient background
Audi S e-tron GT

As expected, the performance figures are nuts. The S e-tron GT accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds while the RS e-tron GT completes the same feat in just 2.8 seconds. The RS e-tron GT performance is the fastest model in the range with a 2.5 second 0-62mph sprint time. The S e-tron GT reaches a top speed of 152mph while RS models have a top speed of 155mph.

Audi has increased the maximum charging power to 320 kW. As such, the e-tron GT family’s HV battery can charge from 10 to 80 per cent in only 18 minutes at a high-power charging (HPC) station. In as fast as 10 minutes, the battery recharges to a range of up to 174 miles.

The new Audi e-tron GT models are available to order in August.

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