Sedan Audi e-tron GT became the first electric car of the RS-series – DRIVE

On the way to the series, the car acquired door handles, the rest is almost untouched. Not surprisingly, the car looks close to the model. Porsche Taycan… With the same wheelbase of 2900 mm, the new product is 26 mm longer (4989 mm), 33 mm higher (1414) and a couple of mm narrower (1964).

Mentally deliver Audi e-tron GT camouflage was not a big deal. Especially from prototype 2018 production car is almost the same. On the technical side, there are also no surprises: it has long been known that the new product uses the J1 platform, which has already been tested Porsche Taycan… And yet, Audi found something to hook on – in addition to the usual modification, the sedan was assigned a version RS, which became the first electric car in the “charged” family. Both options have an electric motor on each axle, and those installed at the rear differ in recoil.

The drag coefficient is one of the lowest in the model range – 0.24. A flat bottom, a special diffuser, active air dampers and a spoiler helped to achieve this. Interestingly, the GT can only have regular side mirrors, not cameras like the crossover. e-tron for an extra charge.

The corresponding nameplates will help to identify the RS execution in the stream. By default, the car is equipped with air suspension with adjustable ride height in the range of 42 mm, as well as an active rear differential. For the regular version, such equipment is optional.

The front electric motor of the base “i-throne” GT develops 238 hp, and the one located on the rear axle – 435 hp. The latter is equipped with a two-stage gearbox. We also note that the power between the units is distributed by the computer according to special algorithms, and their total output is 476 hp. and 630 N • m. As on a related four-door Taycan 4S, the data can be increased to 530 forces and 640 Newton-meters, but only by 2.5 s. Audi can accelerate to 100 km / h in 4.1 seconds, top speed is 245 km / h. “In the base” are a spring suspension with adaptive shock absorbers and a rear self-block.

Carbon ceramic brakes are available for a surcharge. Sedans can also be equipped with an optional full-steering chassis, which will provide the rear wheels with a change of direction by up to 2.8 degrees. The wheels themselves are 19 to 21 inches in diameter.

The engine on the front axle of the “Ereski” does not stand out, but the rear axle already has 456 forces. The total figure here is 598 hp. and 830 N • m. Power can also be added – up to 646 “horses”, but Taycan Turbo with its 680 hp (850 N • m) will still be ahead. Acceleration from standstill to 100 km / h in the RS-electric car takes 3.3 seconds, and the maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h. Both the regular and the “charged” sedan are equipped with an 800-volt battery with a capacity of 93 kWh, which provides 487 and 472 km on the WLTP cycle, respectively. Charging from a station with a capacity of 270 kW will take 25 minutes, and 100 km of travel will be typed in just five.

Inside is a 12.3-inch digital dashboard and a 10.1-inch multimedia display. Gloss and sensors are noticeably less than you would expect to see in such a car – even the climate control unit is equipped with physical buttons. Windshield projection is optional.

The volume of the front trunk is 85 liters, the rear – 405 liters. The Bang & Olufsen audio system compresses the compartment of the latter to 366. For the Audi RS e-tron GT, this equipment comes as standard. Of course, Audi takes pride in using a large amount of recycled materials in the trim.

The novelty is equipped with the entry-level Audi pre sense security complex – it can turn on the emergency light, close the windows and sunroof, and tighten the seat belts if it thinks something has gone wrong. The system can be upgraded so that it can, for example, be able to navigate around cars or detect pedestrians with cyclists. The new I-Tron also has adaptive cruise control and a remote parking assistant. Matrix LED headlights for RS are standard equipment, optional for regular versions. Available for both for an extra charge laser phosphor high beam.

Of course, the novelty is equipped with a pedestrian sound alert system, which is required by the laws of the European Union. Once again, paying extra, the complex can be retrofitted with a “sports” package with the ability to tune the sound parameters. If you choose RS, you don’t have to pay extra.

Car assembly started back in December last year at the plant in Neckarsulm, where they collect R8… Especially for this, Audi Böllinger Höfe received a new overhead conveyor and original equipment. Recall that the production of a crossover e-tron established in Belgium and China. In Europe, the usual e-tron GT is already available for order at a price of € 99,800 (8.94 million rubles), RS e-tron GT – from € 138,200 (12.38 million rubles). For comparison, Porsche Taycan 4S in the Old World it will cost at least € 106,487 (9.5 million rubles), Taycan Turbo – € 153,016 (13.7 million rubles). We have these electric cars from Stuttgart available for $ 7.8 and $ 10.14 million.


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