The Audi RS e-tron GT might be its best electric vehicle to date, but it certainly was not its first. Audi introduced the e-tron moniker to denote their electrified (hybrid) vehicles back in 2009 but Audi's first fully electric vehicle for mass production was launched in 2018 as an SUV and was just called the e-tron.
The latest RS e-tron GT is the top-of-the-range model of the newly introduced e-tron GT model line. As its name implies, it is a Grand Tourer and this particular model shares the same development platform as Porsche's Taycan. It is a sleek four-door, coupe-styled, all-electric saloon that has become the new icon for the marque.
With a massive 646 hp from the dual motors of the RS e-tron GT, its acceleration is blisteringly quick, akin to being shot out of a cannon. The benchmark 0-100 km/h is dispatched in a scant 3.3 seconds and even knowing that statistic it still surprises me just how fast this beast is. Given enough road, it should reach an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. For those who are less concerned with sheer performance there is the base e-tron GT with 476 PS and even with the ability to reach 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, it is still amazingly quick. Its top speed is just 5 km/h shy of the RS e-tron GT.
There is no doubt the RS e-tron GT is the more extreme, edgier version with its greater power, larger tyres and sporty suspension. The quoted peak power of 646 hp is only available in Dynamic mode, during launch-control where all that power is expended to sling this RS e-tron GT to 100 in 3.3 seconds but most of the time it has "just" 598 hp which delivers 100 km/h in a slightly slower 3.6 seconds.
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