Audi revealed Tuesday the 2022 e-tron Quattro GT and its higher-performing sibling the RS e-tron GT — flagships of the German automaker’s rising electrical automobile portfolio and its first departure from the crossovers and SUVs which have to this point dominated the lineup.
The Audi e-tron GT and RS are the third and fourth all-electric autos within the firm’s U.S. portfolio, adopted by the e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback that debuted in 2019. The Audi This fall e-tron — one other SUV — would be the automaker’s fifth electrical automobile. All of those e-tron fashions are a part of Audi’s plan to launch greater than 30 electrical autos and plug-in hybrids by 2025.
“This automotive is a brand new, very progressive interpretation of the classical GT,” Marc Lichte, head of Audi design, stated in Tuesday’s presentation. “That means proportions like an excellent sports activities automotive, and the usability of an actual 4 seater. And that’s one thing utterly new.”
The e-tron GT, which matches into manufacturing this spring and can hit the U.S. market this summer season, packs within the efficiency and luxurious in its sporty package deal. The base e-tron GT has two motors that produce the equal of 469 horsepower — or 522 hp with “overboost” — and might journey an estimated 238 miles on the 93.4-kilowatt battery. Under the European WLTP customary, the e-tron GT vary is 298 miles.
The RS e-tron has the identical entrance motor because the entry-level GT, however has a extra highly effective rear motor. Together, the motors can produce 590 horsepower and as much as 637 horsepower with overboost. As a outcome, the RS e-tron GT can speed up from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and has a 155 mph high monitor velocity, the corporate stated. The RS has an estimated EPA vary of 232 miles.
The firm has but to obtain an official EPA estimate for both variant.
The autos even have an 800-volt electrical structure — the identical that’s within the Porsche Taycan. That structure permits the e-tron GT, just like the Taycan, to replenish its battery from 5% to 80% in 22.5 minutes, one of many quickest charging charges within the business.
The e-tron GT shares extra than simply the 800-volt electrical structure with Porsche. Audi and Porsche, that are each VW Group corporations, co-developed the e-tron GT and the Taycan. The two autos even have the identical chassis and J1 EV battery platform.
Inside, the e-tron GT comes customary with a 12.3-inch Audi digital cockpit digital instrument cluster and a central 10.1-inch touchscreen, the place drivers can management music, navigation and different controls in addition to electrical vehicle-specific options reminiscent of trying to find charging stations. Owners can go for an improve and add a head-up show as effectively.
The automobile additionally comes customary in a leather-free inside that includes recycled supplies together with a synthetic suede known as Dinamica, though a Nappa leather-based choice can be obtainable as an improve.
All of this efficiency and luxurious comes at a worth. The base mannequin of the e-tron GT quattro begins at $99,900, adopted by a better trim stage priced at $107,100. The RS e-tron GT begins at $139,900. Those costs push even greater for people who go for the extra options, notably the corporate’s Matrix LED headlights, that are solely obtainable in Europe.