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Audi RS e-tron GT unveiled

Today Audi has unveiled the production version of its e-tron GT – an Audi, the likes of which, the world has never seen.

Audi e-tron GT

The four-door high performance coupe is a demonstration of how fascinating and exciting electric mobility is – the start of a new era, the
Gran Turismo of the future.

Combining perfectly proportioned and dynamic design with futuristic technology, stunning
performance and the renowned quattro system, the e-tron GT embodies Audi’s vision for the future of electric mobility – today.

Audi e-tron GT

The e-tron GT is uncompromising, balancing a sleek coupe appearance with practicality, while
achieving up to 440kW (475kW in boost mode), a range of up to 487 kilometres, and boasting the levels of technology and luxury expected in its position as Audi’s halo model – it is truly representative of a future where drivers can experience the best of everything.

Audi e-tron GT

Due to arrive in New Zealand in mid-2021, there will be two models introduced to the local market, the e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT. Both models are powerful, fast, and dynamic, and both have zero local emissions, reinterpreting the concept of the Gran Turismo. A Gran Turismo should be a touring car that is both an excellent dynamic handler, and a confident and comfortable glider – Audi’s new signature car embodies this character.

Audi e-tron GT
Interior

The exterior of the Audi e-tron GT is a dynamic work of art. Each surface and line is harmonious, from the headlights, which are available with laser light as an option, to the large diffuser at the rear. In combination, the details create a sculpture that looks like it was shaped by the wind – the extremely aerodynamic body has a drag coefficient of just 0.24. The interior matches the classic Gran Turismo ethos; the driver and front passenger seats are installed in a sporty low position and separated by a wide centre console, while the rear seats provide sufficient space for adults.

Developed by Audi Sport, the e-tron GT is the first electric model in the renowned high performance RS family of vehicles. The e-tron GT quattro generates 350kW of power and 650Nm of torque, while the RS e-tron GT achieves maximum power of 440kW and maximum torque of 830Nm. Launch control adds a boost function, which can increase the power figures to 390kW and 475kW respectively. The range of up to 487 kilometres is made possible by the battery’s net capacity of 85kWh, and the 800-volt technology enables fast DC charging with an output of up to 270 kW.

Audi e-tron GT

The suspension has been engineered to balance dynamism and comfort, again in the spirit of a gran turismo, and features advanced technologies such as Audi drive select, all-wheel steering, controlled damping, three-chamber air suspension, electric all-wheel drive, and the rear-axle differential lock.
Like all Audi models, the e-tron GT is fully connected. The infotainment, online services from Audi Connect, and the assist systems are state-of-the-art. And since the dynamic work of art should also sound good, Audi has composed a unique, powerful and progressive sound for the etron GT.

“The Audi e-tron GT shapes the future of Audi,” said Dean Sheed, general manager, Audi NZ. “It combines the style, performance, luxury, useability and commitment to sustainability that defines Audi’s vision of premium mobility.
“New Zealand is a genuine world leader in its take-up of Audi RS models – there is a real love of Audi performance cars in this country. By the same token, Kiwis are famously proud of their environment. The Audi e-tron GT is a major step in the direction of combining incredible performance with a steadfast commitment to sustainability – and I think New Zealanders will appreciate that.
“The good news is that the e-tron GT is arriving in New Zealand this year – which means that Kiwis will be able to experience the future now!”

Audi e-tron GT

The Audi e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT are expected to land in New Zealand in mid-2021. New Zealand specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the local launch.

Dave McLeodhttps://www.tarmaclife.co.nz
New Zealand motoring editor/journalist and published author. Besotted with cars and the experiences they give. I'm a family guy with a bark that's bigger than my bite and prefer football over rugby any day of any week.

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