2021 Audi e-tron GT and RS models revealed, UK prices confirmed
- New Audi e-tron GT revealed
- Four-door coupe electric car
- Dual electric motors
- 476hp with 530hp boost mode
- 93kWh battery
- 300-mile range and 270kW charging
- RS e-tron GT also revealed
- First-ever electric Audi RS car
- 598hp with 646hp boost mode
- UK prices confirmed
- First deliveries expected in May
The new Audi e-tron GT is Audi’s first purpose-built electric car that isn’t an SUV (like the existing e-tron and e-tron Sportback models). It’s an alternative to the Tesla Model S and shares plenty of components with the Porsche Taycan.
It’s also available as a high-performance RS e-tron GT, which is the first Audi RS electric car ever made – more on that later.
New Audi e-tron UK prices and specs
The new Audi e-tron GT will appear in UK showrooms in May. Entry-level e-tron GT models will cost from £80,850, while top-spec Vorsprung models will set you back from £106,950.
The standard car comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, sports seats and a panoramic glass roof. Vorpsrung spec gets you upgraded Matrix LED lights, different 20-inch alloys, carbon fibre trim and revised sports seats.
The more powerful RS e-tron GT comes with 21-inch wheels as standard, along with adaptive air suspension and a Bang & Olufsen stereo. It’s priced from £111,900. Higher-spec Carbon Black versions, which cost from £125,490, add carbon exterior pieces and red interior trim, while top-spec Carbon Vorpsrung cars gain ventilated seats, a night-vision system and park assist features. These models will set you back from £134,290.
New Audi e-tron GT design
You might think the new Audi e-tron GT looks a bit familiar, and that’s because it looks almost identical to the e-tron GT Concept from a few years ago. This is no bad thing, though, because the new e-tron GT looks fantastic.
Sure, it’s not quite as curvy as a Porsche Taycan but it looks much sportier than rather plain Tesla Model S. It’s not perfect, though – peek closely at that grille and you’ll notice that most of it is fake – but its gorgeous four-door-coupe silhouette more than makes up for this.
The full-width brake light takes inspiration from the Audi RS7 Sportback’s rear end, and the slatted rear diffuser looks suitably aggressive without the need for any fake exhaust pipes – it is an electric car, after all.
The Audi e-tron GT is almost as long as a Q8, but it’s lower than an RS7 Sportback. This, combined with its flat floor and air-slicing 20-inch alloy wheels, mean it produces very little drag at high speed.
New Audi e-tron GT driving
The Audi e-tron GT comes with adaptive damping as standard and a limited-slip rear differential, and you can pay extra to have it fitted with four-wheel steering to make it more manoeuvrable in town and more stable at speed.
As in all sporty Audis, you get a bunch of driving modes as standard. Dynamic mode gives you the maximum power from the battery and it stiffens up the suspension to make the car more agile. Efficiency mode that limits the top speed to 87mph and lowers the suspension to make the car more aerodynamic. It even switches off one of the car’s two motors to save energy.
New Audi e-tron GT motors
Yes, that’s right – the Audi e-tron GT comes with two electric motors. There’s one at the front to drive the front wheels, and one at the back to drive the rear wheels, which together produce 476hp. There’s also a boost mode that ups the power to 530hp for 2.5 seconds – that’s the same as you get in a Porsche Taycan 4S.
And also like the Taycan, the Audi e-tron GT’s rear motor comes with a two-speed gearbox. This uses 2nd gear most of the time, but it switches into 1st gear when you engage launch control to help you accelerate faster off the line.
With launch control and Boost mode enabled, the new e-tron GT will do 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds. That’s 1.3 seconds quicker than a rear-wheel-drive Porsche Taycan and it’s just 0.1 seconds behind the four-wheel-drive Taycan 4S.
New Audi e-tron GT interior and infotainment
The Audi e-tron GT’s interior doesn’t look quite as futuristic as its exterior. Sure, it comes with all sorts of posh materials and mood lighting, but a few bits look like they’ve been carried over from other Audi models, such as the flat-bottomed steering wheel and A6 infotainment system.
The heating controls are new, though. Instead of another touchscreen (which can be a bit fiddly to use when you’re driving) you get a row of ordinary buttons. And, you also get some eight-way electrically adjustable sports seats that are exclusive to the e-tron GT.
You can pay extra to upgrade to 18-way adjustment if you fancy, or ditch the leather trim completely and go for a vegan-friendly blend of faux leather, man-made wool and trim made from recycled plastic bottles.
New Audi RS e-tron GT
Audi has also revealed its first-ever electric RS model, called the RS e-tron GT. This comes with more power and plenty of mechanical upgrades over the standard car, including an active rear differential and adaptive air suspension as standard (both optional extras on the e-tron GT.)
You also get a more powerful electric motor at the back, so instead of the standard car’s 476hp, the RS produces a total of 598hp. And with Boost mode engaged, this goes up to 646hp. That’s 46hp more than you get in an RS6 or RS7.
Audi says the RS e-tron GT will do 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than an RS6 or RS7. However, a prototype has been timed accelerating from 0-60mph in 2.88 seconds. That’s faster than any 4-door RS car ever.
New Audi e-tron GT range and charging
Audi’s gone for a one-size-fits-all approach for the new e-tron GT. Every model – including rapid RS models – comes with a 93kWh battery. That’s the same size as the battery you get in a Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
Audi says this will give you about 300 miles of range, but as with all electric cars, it’s likely the real-world range will be a bit less than that.
When it goes on sale, the Audi e-tron GT will be compatible with 11kW AC chargers as standard, so you can fully charge it overnight using a wallbox at home. If that’s not fast enough for you, Audi will soon offer an upgraded 22kW onboard charger that should be capable fo charging the batteries while you’re at work.
You can also charge the e-tron GT using 270kW DC public chargers. These can pump enough electricity into the battery in 5 minutes to give you around 60 miles of extra range, and you can boost your car’s charge from 5% to 80% full in about 23 minutes.
New Audi e-tron GT practicality
The Audi e-tron GT is a low-slung coupe but it’s still fairly practical. You get 405 litres of boot space at the back and you’ll find another 85 litres of space under the bonnet where an engine would normally go.
That means you get 490 litres of space in total, which is about 45 litres less than you can fit in an RS7 Sportback and about the same as you get in a Porsche Taycan 4S.
And there should be plenty of space for tall passengers in the back, too. Because Audi’s fitted the e-tron GT with things called foot garages. These are holes in the battery under the floor that give passengers more space to stretch out. Clever.
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