Ingolstadt’s Taycan? New Audi e-tron GT (including 440 kW RS) revealed!

Audi has unwrapped its new e-tron GT, positioned as the German firm’s flagship electric vehicle and complete with a 440 kW RS-badged variant.

Sharing much with the Porsche Taycan, the fresh-faced e-tron GT “four-door coupé” is billed as the “start of a new era” for the Ingolstadt-based automaker. It will be built at Neckarsulm, sharing an assembly line with the R8.

With a permanently excited synchronous electric motor on each axle and a two-speed transmission at the rear (with a short-ratio first gear enabling “stunning acceleration” off the line), the e-tron GT quattro has peak outputs of 350 kW (or 390 kW for a brief period on overboost) and 630 N.m. The result is a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 4,1 seconds and a top speed of 245 km/h.

Audi Sport’s RS e-tron GT, meanwhile, generates 440 kW (or 475 kW thanks to the launch control system’s overboost function) and 830 N.m, hitting three figures from standstill a claimed 3,3 seconds and topping out at an electronically governed 250 km/h.

Employing a battery pack with a net capacity of 85 kWh (and a gross capacity of 93 kWh), maximum range is quoted as 488 km on the WLTP cycle. Like the more powerful Taycan, the e-tron GT features 800 V technology, which enables fast DC charging with an output of up to 270 kW.

So, what does it sound like? Well, Audi says it has “composed an unique” soundtrack for the e-tron GT, with the optional system comprising two control units and amplifiers in the luggage compartment. These generate separate exterior and interior “synthetic” sounds, delivered by two loudspeakers each outside and inside the vehicle.

Audi’s flagship EV measures 4 990 mm long, 1 960 mm wide and 1 410 mm tall, with a claimed luggage capacity of 405 litres (plus an additional 85 litres of storage space up front).

Adaptive damping ships standard, along with a rear-axle differential lock, while the RS model furthermore gains a controlled rear-axle differential lock, three-chamber adaptive air suspension and brake discs with tungsten carbide coating. Inside, you’ll find Audi’s 12,3-inch virtual cockpit plus and the brand’s 10,1-inch MMI touch display.

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