The Audi brand is part of the Volkswagen Group, which has set itself the goal of developing electric cars. Recall that the first electric car of the brand was a crossover e-tron, created on the MLB Evo platform. Then the coupe version debuted – the SUV e-tron Sportback. The next premiere of the e-tron GT sedan – the German company will present its serial version before the end of this year. A stronger RS version has also been announced.
The forerunner of the new model was the Audi e-tron GT concept, which was introduced in 2018. The company recently released photos of the prototype in camouflage foil. Now there are new images of the camouflaged prototype, which several journalists could test on the road, the test took place in Greece.
The externally disguised prototype almost repeats the concept from 2018 and the pre-production version of the “regular” e-tron GT. It seems that the “built-in” limousine can be distinguished only by contrasting details and plates with the name of the modification. The prototype has slightly changed the shape of the side windows compared to the show car, traditional door handles have appeared, LED lights, bumper and diffuser look different. There are no photos of the interior yet.
Audi has not yet shared official information on the technical characteristics, it is only known that it is based on the same platform that is basically the Porsche Taycan. According to the journalists, the “hot” electric sedan Audi RS e-tron GT will get a twin-engine electric drive whose total power will be around 600 hp, and the maximum torque – around 830-850 Nm. Power in overboost mode increases to 647-655 hp in a short time. It takes about 3.1-3.5 seconds for a sedan weighing about 2300 kg to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h. The battery capacity is 93.4 kWh (of which 83.7 kWh is actually used). The power reserve is probably sufficient for a 402 km journey (according to the VLTP cycle used in Europe).
Earlier, information appeared on the Internet that the “built-in” model could get a drive consisting of three electric motors. In that case, the total power of the Audi RS e-tron GT system would be around 710 hp. For comparison, the top Porsche Taycan Turbo S has two electric motors, whose total power (in overboost mode) is 761 hp with a torque of 1,050 Nm. This electric car takes 2.8 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km / h.
Audi planned to unveil the production e-tron GT sedan at the Los Angeles Motor Show this fall, but due to the corona virus pandemic, the debut had to be postponed until the beginning of 2021. The company announced that a “hot” version of RS will be presented at the same time as the “regular” version. Both options will go on sale in the middle of next year.
The e-tron GT RS version will be the most expensive in the product line, however it will still be cheaper than the model Porsche Taycan Turbo S which costs $ 185,000 in the United States.
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