2021 Audi RS e-tron GT driven: price, specs and release date

Padraig Mallett
November 05, 2020

Mat Watson has driven the all-new Audi RS e-tron GT prototype. Get all the info on this upcoming Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S alternative here. 

  • RS e-tron GT driven
  • 4-door with coupe styling
  • Up to 650hp
  • 93kWh battery
  • 250-mile range
  • RS costs from £130,000
  • Sustainable materials used for interior
  • Latest infotainment tech
  • On sale in Spring 2021

New Audi RS e-tron GT prototype driven

The new Audi RS e-tron GT has been teased in official photos and carwow’s car expert, Mat Watson, has driven an early prototype car to show you what to expect when this high-performance electric coupe goes on sale in 2021. Watch the video below for his verdict.

Audi RS e-tron GT prototype teased

Audi has given the world its best look yet at the upcoming RS e-tron GT in the form of a barely disguised prototype. Despite the camouflage livery, it’s obvious that the new RS e-tron GT will look very similar to the e-tron GT Concept, shown below.

The new RS e-tron GT is expected to look very similar to the e-tron GT concept, shown here. 

These similarities will be more than skin deep, though. Like the Porsche Taycan, the new RS e-tron GT will use two electric motors – one to drive the front wheels and a second to drive the rear wheels.

This combination produces 600hp as standard, but a two-second overboost function ups this to 650hp when you launch the car. As a result, it’ll blast from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds.

Range-topping RS models could produce as much as 700hp thanks to three electric motors. 

The Audi RS e-tron GT’s 93kWh battery has slightly less capacity than the Taycan’s 95kWh unit, but still serves up around 250 miles of range. That’ll be fine for most people, but it’s some way off the 400-mile range you get from a Tesla Model S.

You can charge the RS e-tron GT using rapid 350kW public fast chargers (if you can find one), which will boost its battery from empty to 80% full in just 20 minutes.

The Audi RS e-tron GT will go on sale in Spring of 2021, and will set you back from around £130,000.

2021 Audi e-tron GT design

The Audi e-tron GT was first unveiled as a concept in 2018 at the LA Auto Show. Compare this electric car concept to the latest spy shots of a prototype being tested and it looks as though Audi’s designers have stayed true to the original design. The front of the car looks to be almost identical to the concept, with similar air intakes beneath angular headlights and a central, mostly blank, grille.

The e-tron GT prototype shares its long, low and wide proportions with the Porsche Taycan.

The Audi e-tron GT was co-designed with Porsche and is based on the same underpinnings as the Taycan. As a result, it looks just as wide and purposeful and has a similar sloping roofline. The rear doors blend into the wide haunches to give the appearance of a sporty coupe, despite the fact it’s a four-door electric car.

The e-tron GT concept’s interior, above, looks both minimalist and sporty.

2021 Audi e-tron GT interior

The interior of the Audi e-tron GT production model is yet to be revealed but it’ll draw inspiration from the e-tron GT Concept’s slick, futuristic cabin. The concept featured a ‘vegan interior’ that didn’t use any animal products at all, and the finished car is expected to make use of plenty of man-made sustainable materials, too.

There will be a pair of sizeable touchscreens for the infotainment system and heating controls and a large, clear digital display in place of conventional analogue dials behind the steering wheel. The Audi e-tron GT’s long body should provide plenty of legroom, but headroom may be somewhat tight for tall passengers in the back. The e-tron GT Concept features a 450-litre boot and a 100-litre storage area under the bonnet – you can expect similar luggage space in the production car.

The Audi e-tron GT will be capable of driving for 250 miles between charges. 

2021 Audi e-tron GT batteries and charging

The Audi e-tron GT will come equipped with a 93kWh battery that’ll be capable of charging using the latest 350kW, 800V chargers. Using one of these, Audi says that you can charge it from empty to 80% full in just 20 minutes to boost your car’s range by almost 200 miles. A new 11kW wireless charging feature will be available in the e-Tron GT. This lets you charge your car by parking above a large charging pad – just like wirelessly charging your smartphone.

Dual motors and four-wheel drive will help the Audi e-tron GT deliver rapid acceleration.

2021 Audi e-tron GT range and performance

The Audi e-tron GT’s batteries will hold enough charge for you to drive for around 250 miles. It’s expected to come with two electric motors, giving it four-wheel drive, and a torque vectoring to improve grip when cornering.

Range-topping RS e-tron GTs will cost around £130,000.

2021 Audi e-tron GT price and release date

The fastest Audi RS e-tron GT models will go on sale in Spring 2021, and will cost from around £130,000. A cheaper e-tron GT model with a bit less power will likely appear in showrooms later that year and is set to cost around £100,000 – that’s about the same as a Tesla Model S Long Range and a mid-range Porsche Taycan.

Compare the latest electric car deals or read our in-depth Audi e-tron review for all the information on Audi’s electric SUV.

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