It was only last month when we heard that Audi was going to be adding an RS badge and the accompanying increase in performance to the all-electric e-tron GT. No additional figures were revealed at the time, but now Audi has confirmed that this RS e-tron GT will be the most powerful car in the German marque’s lineup with 640 horsepower.
The power will be produced by a pair of electric motors and will allow the car to reach speeds of 62mph in under 3.5 seconds when overboost mode is activated. In fact, according to Misha Charoudin, the car accelerates to 100kmph in just 3.1 seconds, and he insists that on better tyres it will be able to break the 2-second mark. Like the majority of Audi performance models, top speed will be limited to 155mph.
Without the car being in its highest performance mode, the front motor produces a total of 235 horsepower which is paired to the rear motor which supplies an additional 449 horsepower. This creates a total output of 590bhp, coupled with 612 lb-ft of all-electric torque which is taken to the ground via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Plus, with the car being powered by a battery, the placement of the powerplant lowers the centre of gravity so much, that it actually has a lower centre of gravity than the Audi R8. And on top of that, it boasts a WLTP-rated range of around 249 miles. Throw a 350-kW fast charger in the mix, and 80% charge will come in just over 22 minutes.
The car has three-chamber air springs with adaptive dampers at each corner, and through the car’s computer, these can be adjusted to match the style of driving. Long stint on the motorway? No problem, the car will lower itself by almost a full inch to reduce drag and increase range.
Three wheel sizes will be available: 19, 20, and 21-inch designs, with the 20-inch being the most aerodynamic and therefore probably the most popular. There are also three types of braking setups available, too: steel disc brakes, carbon-fibre ceramic discs with 10-piston front callipers, or surface-coated steel discs. Once you’ve lowered your speed rather effectively with one of those setups, the car will then turn with higher stability thanks to a four-wheel steering system.
We’re yet to see the car fully without its camouflage, but all eyes will be fixed on Audi’s next generation of GT cars when it’s revealed early 2021.