10.2.2021Audi unveils powerful e-tron GT models
Audi has reimagined the grand tourer for the future. The new all-wheel-drive Audi e-tron GT Quattro and RS e-tron GT are a welcome entry intro the premium electric vehicle market. The e-tron GT Quattro has an equivalent 469 bhp but if power is important to you, the RS model pumps out an equivalent 590 bhp.
The joy of a grand tourer is the ability to travel long distances in comfort. To make this possible, the e-tron GT Quattro will get 295 miles of range while the more powerful RS e-tron GT will do 280 miles on a full charge. So if you’re out on a road trip, you’ve got plenty of miles before you need to charge, but even when you do need a top-up, both models accept DC rapid charging up to 270kW.
Being able to accept this kind of power means the new e-tron models could take on board enough charge for a journey of up to 62 miles in just over five minutes. Charging from 5 to 80 percent takes less than 23 minutes.
For car enthusiasts and drivers who love the instant torque of an electric car, the e-tron GT Quattro actually keeps some power in reserve. Up to 390 kW (530 PS/522 bhp) can be made available for 2.5 seconds in boost mode via launch control. For the RS model, that output briefly increases to 475 kW (646 PS/630 bhp) — meaning it’ll sprint from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds.
"Audi has signalled its intent to play a pivotal role in the evolution of sustainable mobility in the premium sector, and after opening our account with the e-tron SUV, which is notable as the best-selling German premium BEV globally, we are stepping up the pace again to further that aim," says Andrew Doyle, director of Audi UK.
"The new e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT are products of the same assiduous Vorsprung durch Technik approach to electrified driving, but embody it in a highly emotive and exciting new Grand Tourer format that exploits the technology’s incredible performance potential even more fully and will be invaluable as a means of hastening its wider acceptance."
Both models will be fully unveiled in spring 2021. The Audi e-tron GT Quattro will cost £79,900 and the RS e-tron GT will start from £110,950.