Audi will double its EV lineup when its newest models start hitting U.S. roads later this summer. The all-New Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT offer high-end and high-performance alternatives to the other luxury EV cars. That means Tesla if you need a hint. In addition, Audi’s efforts may even eat into the sales of its corporate cousin, the Porsche Taycan EV.
In short, Audi’s newest electric vehicles are a signal to EV buyers that’s it’s serious about leaving ICE power behind. And with chiseled design and advanced technology, the All-New Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT are hard to miss.
Performance-Oriented EV Technology
To create these newest e-trons, Audi threw every bit of technology it could at the cars and made it stick. Hence, both vehicles offer neck-snapping performance, accelerated charging times, and the EV version of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive.
Audi e-tron GT
With a starting price of $99,900, the dual-motor e-tron GT will offer up to 522 horsepower. Importantly, this produces a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds that not too long ago was reserved for supercars. In addition, thanks to 800-volt EV architecture, the e-tron GT will be able to charge from 5-80% in about 22 minutes. Moreover, Audi is estimating a 238-mile range for a fully charged e-tron GT.
Audi RS e-tron GT
The $139,900 RS version takes the “base” e-tron GT and adds steroids. This approach begins with a more powerful rear motor enabling the RS e-tron GT to produce up to 637 horsepower. Torque also gets a boost, up to 612 lb-ft from the 472 lb-ft of the regular model. Above all, the RS reaches 0-60 mph in only 3.1 seconds. While this explosive power won’t do you much good on the 405 during rush hour, it does offer bragging rights.
Other Members of the Audi e-tron Family
Along with the forthcoming e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT, Audi currently offers the e-tron crossover. For reference, that’s just “e-tron” without any prefixes or suffixes. So, think of the e-tron as an electrified Q5 crossover and the brand’s $66,000 “entry-level” EV offering. There’s also the $69,000 e-tron Sportback which features a raked rear hatch and less-SUVish profile.
All-New Audi e-tron GT And RS e-tron GT: Watch Out Tesla
Together, these four Audi EVs have one target in sight, EV leader Tesla. And Audi’s parent, Volkswagen, wants to encircle Elon Musk. Audi’s EVs compete against Tesla’s top-tier models, while the new VW ID.4 EV crossover grabs for the lower end. If you can call a $40,000 starting price the low end.
In addition, later this year, Audi will announce the details of the forthcoming Q4 e-tron. Its $60,000-ish price tag will give Audi more excuses to further encroach into Tesla’s territory.
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