New Audi RS e-tron GT revealed: the coolest EV on the planet? 

June 18, 2024 by

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This is the new Audi e-tron GT, which is more powerful than before and just as good-looking.

  • New Audi e-tron GT revealed
  • RS Performance is the most powerful Audi ever
  • 925hp and 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds
  • Improved range thanks to larger battery
  • Minor styling changes
  • On sale now in Germany from £106,500

The Audi e-tron GT looks just as futuristic now as it did back in 2019 when the concept was driven by Robert Downey Jr in The Avengers: Endgame, and it’s now been given some updates to keep it in line with cars such as the Porsche Taycan and BMW i5 M60.

It’s only been given minor styling tweaks, but you can now get an RS Performance version with a Tesla Plaid-rivalling 925hp, and it’ll do 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds.

New Audi e-tron GT motors and performance

The biggest news for the new Audi e-tron GT comes under the skin, because it’s been given some significant power upgrades. The outgoing car was available with two power outputs: 530hp or 646hp in the RS model.

New Audi RS e-tron GT front

Well you now have three models to choose from. The entry-level S e-tron GT has 679hp, so it’s already more powerful than the old RS version. The new RS e-tron GT has a whopping 856hp, but it’s the RS e-tron Performance which has the real headline-grabbing numbers.

New Audi S e-tron GT front

It has a combined 925hp, making it the most powerful car Audi has ever made. It’s also almost 280hp more than the old car, which is like having a whole hot hatchback’s worth of power added.

New Audi RS e-tron GT Performance side

So what does this mean for outright pace? Well the new RS e-tron GT Performance will do 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds, 0.7 seconds quicker than the old car. It’s also over a second quicker than the BMW i5 M60, but it’s a few tenths slower than the 789hp Porsche Taycan Turbo GT.

New Audi e-tron GT batteries and range

In addition to the extra oomph, the new e-tron GT also has a new battery with improved range.

New Audi RS e-tron GT charging

It’s a 97kWh unit, up from 93kWh in the old car, and despite the increase in capacity it’s actually 9kg lighter than before. It’ll also do up to 378 miles on a charge if you go for the S, over 70 miles more than the outgoing model.

New Audi e-tron GT suspension and chassis

To make sure the new Audi e-tron GT can cope with all the extra power, the suspension has been upgraded for improved handling.

New Audi RS e-tron GT side

You get newly-developed air suspension as standard, with an adaptive setup available as an option which can adjust the stiffness as you drive for the best blend of comfort and agility.

New Audi S e-tron GT rear

A rear-wheel steering system is also offered as an option, which makes the car both more manoeuvrable at low speeds and more agile when you’re attacking a twisty road.

New Audi e-tron GT design and interior

So the new Audi e-tron GT has changed a lot under the skin, but to look at it’s very similar to before. That’s no bad thing though, after all if it’s good enough for Iron Man it’s good enough for us.

New Audi RS e-tron GT front

There are a couple of subtle differences to note, starting up front where you’ll find a tweaked bumper with larger air intakes at the side. The blanked-off grille has stayed pretty much the same though, with the exception of an updated Audi logo.

Audi S e-tron GT side

The side of the car has the same ultra-low sweeping silhouette as before, but there are some new alloy wheel designs to choose from. You get 20-inch rims as standard, with 21-inch forged items available as an option on the RS models.

New Audi RS e-tron GT rear

Looking at the rear end, there aren’t many changes to report apart from the more aggressive-looking lower bumper on the RS e-tron. It has a much larger diffuser than before, with a racing-inspired vertical reflector in the middle.

New Audi RS e-tron GT interior

Stepping inside, a new steering wheel takes pride of place. You also have updated sports seats as standard with 14-way adjustment, and you can have a leather-free design package which uses an eco-friendly suede-like material in place of animal skin.

When can I buy the new Audi e-tron GT?

The new Audi e-tron GT is available to order in Germany now, with UK order books expected to open in the coming weeks.

Prices across the channel start from the equivalent of £106,500 for the S, rising to £125,000 for the RS model. If only the Performance will do, it’ll set you back £136,000 in Germany, although UK prices are yet to be confirmed.

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