Audi RS e-tron GT (2021) Review

Audi RS e-tron GT (2021) At A Glance

+Rival to Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S.

-Prices from £110,950.

Capable of travelling ‘in excess’ of 280 miles between charges, the RS e-tron GT shares a platform, electric motors and battery pack with the Porsche Taycan. That means it has a 93kWh battery powering a motor on each axle, producing a combined 598PS under normal driving. A boost mode function increases this up to 646PS for up to 2.5 seconds via launch control. Total torque is 830Nm.

As such, the Audi RS e-tron GT can cover 0-62mph in 3.3 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155mph.

This performance is helped by the RS e-tron GT’s impressive aerodynamics. Its long wheelbase, wide track, large wheels and low-lying silhouette contribute to a low drag coefficient of 0.24, which also boosts efficiency and therefore driving range.

All-wheel drive is standard, although the RS e-tron GT will prioritise power to the front motor when the driver selects ‘efficiency’ mode. In slippery conditions or during high-speed cornering, the electric motor for rear-wheel drive is activated five times quicker than with a mechanical quattro drivetrain.

The Audi RS e-tron GT features adaptive air suspension as standard. Its three-chamber system can lower the body from its standard setting by up to 22 millimetres and raise it by up to 20 millimetres.

Charging ports can be found behind both front wheels. Both sides feature connections for alternating current (AC) and there is also a connection for direct current (DC) on the right-hand side.

Two charging cables are included as standard: one Type 2, Mode 3 for use at AC charging points including a home wallbox, and the compact e-tron charging system, consisting of a control unit and Type 2, Mode 2 cable with a domestic and industrial plug. The intelligent charging system “connect” will also be available as an option, and enables both charging control via the myAudi app and function updates

The RS e-tron GT can charge with up to 11kW AC as standard, meaning an empty battery can be replenished overnight. An optional onboard charger which increases charging capability to up to 22kW will be available shortly after launch. At a sufficiently powerful DC terminal, the RS e-tron GT can achieve a peak charging capacity of up to 270kW, allowing it to 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 in ideal conditions.

In the NEDC cycle, the Audi RS e-tron GT quattro consumes 20.2–19.3 kWh. This results in an anticipated range in excess of 280 miles.

Inside, the RS e-tron GT is pretty standard Audi fare. There’s a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit in place of conventional dials, while a 10.1-inch central touchscreen display is also standard.

Refreshingly, the RS e-tron GT’s interior doesn’t rely heavily on touch inputs for controlling the media and climate control systems. There’s a myriad of buttons on the dash, as well as a voice control function. A premium Bang & Olufsen sound system is also the standard on the RS model.

Prices start from £110,950 for the Audi RS e-tron GT, while the RS e-tron GT Carbon Black costs £124,540. Topping the range, the Audi RS e-tron GT Carbon Vorsprung is priced at £133,340.

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