We were waiting for it and although the brand has already launched its first electric Audi with the e-tron, it was not until today that the house with the four rings has made a real blow to the table by presenting the first 100% electric model under the Audi Sport brand.
The proportions of its design are accentuated by the gigantic alloy wheels, a spectacular track width and a long wheelbase. In case you wonder, the dimensions are wilder than those of a A7. The slim, elongated, flat-topped “Sportback” body sits 17 millimeters closer to the ground than the A7 Sportback, emphasizing the sportiness of the e-tron GT.
Long, low, wide and exhilarating, it’s a grand tourer that further expands Audi’s leading role in electric mobility.
The Audi e-tron GT has the dimensions of a classic gran turismo– With a wheelbase of 2.90 meters, it measures 4.99 meters long, 1.96 meters wide and only 1.41 meters high. The main boot offers a volume of 405 liters, while in the RS model, which incorporates the Bang & Olufsen premium sound system as standard, the capacity is 366 liters. A second luggage compartment located under the front hood offers an additional 85 liters.
Aesthetics arises from efficiency; An inverted Singleframe grille reinterprets honeycomb design elements, distinctive quattro blisters above each wheel, and a sloping roof define the e-tron GT’s design. Together with the radiator and brake duct air intakes that can be closed when not needed to optimize aerodynamics, the drag coefficient is 0.24, which helps the e-tron GT to move efficiently.
Models will hit the market with 20-inch 5-split-spoke alloy wheels with gray accents, although vehicles equipped with the Performance Package will be offered with 20-inch 5-split-spoke alloy wheels with black accents. The RS e-tron GT comes with either 20-inch 5-spoke AERO wheels or 21-inch wheels.
As standard the RS e-tron GT have a light five-layer carbon fiber reinforced plastic roofA first for an Audi vehicle and a segment exclusive feature.
Available HD Matrix design headlights with laser light offer increased visibility at high speeds.
The bottom lines of the heavily chiseled doors emphasize the battery pack as the motor and foundation of the car. The ‘monoposto’ cabin tilts Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster and 10.1-inch MMI touch-feedback displays towards the driver.
As standard, the model features a full-circumference steering wheel with a flat bottom, wrapped in Alcantara; a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and capacitive practical sensing are available as options. Inside, we talk about a leather-free access with recycled materials: Dinamica® and Alcantara. Nappa leather is available as an option.
The model offers great dynamic performance in both versions: the e-tron GT quattro accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.1 seconds, Meanwhile he RS just needs 3.3 seconds, in both cases in boost mode. Top speed is 245 km / h in the e-tron GT, and 250 km / h (electronically limited) in the RS.
The front electric motor in the e-tron GT quattro yields 175 kW (238 hp), and the rear engine generates 320 kW (435 hp). Both maintain a reserve of available power for extreme driving situations, so the sum of their individual powers considerably exceeds the total system power, which reaches the 350 kW (476 hp).
Through launch control, the total power reaches the 390 kW (530 hp), available for 2.5 seconds in boost mode; the maximum total torque is 630 Nm (640 Nm in boost mode).
At RS e-tron GT, the electric motor on the front axle also performs 175 kW (238 hp), while the rear engine reaches a power of 335 W (456 HP). The total system power in this case is 440 kW (598 hp), and the maximum torque is 830 Nm. In boost mode, the power increases momentarily up to 475 kW (646 hp).
The e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT circulate normally using electric all-wheel drive. The motors of the e-tron GT, of the PSM type (Permanent Excitation Synchronous Motors), operate very efficiently.
The lithium-ion battery in the Audi e-tron GT and from RS e-tron GT It is located between the axles, at the lowest point of the car. This allows the center of gravity to be lowered and the weight distribution between the front and rear axles very close to the ideal value of 50:50, something very appropriate for a sports car. The high-voltage battery has a net capacity of 85 kWh (gross capacity: 93 kWh) on both models.
The charging ports of the electric grand tourer are located behind the front wheels. In both cases there are connections for charging with alternating current, and on the right side there is also a connection for charging with direct current. The Audi e-tron GT is delivered to customers with the mode 3 cable for public charging terminals and with the compact charging system for use at home. The connect smart charging system is available as an option.
As standard, the Audi e-tron GT can charge with alternating current and 11 kW power, allowing a discharged battery to be fully recharged overnight. Shortly after its introduction on the market will be available acoptional 22 kW charger. With a sufficiently powerful DC charging terminal, the electric grand tourer can recharge the battery to a maximum power of 270 kW.
The pre-sale phase of the new electric vehicle begins in February 2021 in its two versions, whose starting prices in Spain are 104,500 euros (Audi e-tron GT quattro) and 143,500 euros (Audi RS e-tron quattro). The RS version is the spearhead of Audi sports electric mobility: it delivers a power of 440 kW (598 hp), accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.3 seconds (in boost mode) and its chassis features three-chamber air suspension, four-wheel steering (optional) and controlled-locking rear differential.