Audi unveils all-new e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GTMarch 3, 2021
Electric mobility becomes dynamic and exciting, as Audi engineers are trying to prove with the new e-tron GT Quattro.
The four-door coupé reimagines the classic idea of gran turismo: its design is very emotional and the technology is inspiring. Two powerful electric motors will make the car dynamic and confident on the road due to the electric all-wheel drive. With a useful energy of 84 kWh, the high-voltage battery provides a range of up to 488 km and can be recharged very quickly thanks to fast charging technology from the 800 V mains supply.
The Audi e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT were simultaneously announced back in mid-February 2021. Both models showcase the Audi brand’s accumulated technical expertise and passion for the smallest detail.
The dimensions of the new e-tron GT are 4990x; 1960x; 1410 mm. This is made possible by recesses in the high-voltage battery: passengers in the front seats can put their feet in them, which allows them to sit in a low but comfortable position. Every detail of the exterior is harmonious – from the headlights (available with Audi laser illumination as an option), the powerful quattro blisters and wheels to the large diffuser at the rear. Customers can choose from nine exterior colors and two styling packages. The roof is made of glass as standard, with an optional lightweight carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP).
The drag coefficient of the Audi e-tron GT is only 0.24. Two adjustable inlets supply the front brakes and temperature management with cooling air as needed. The rear spoiler can be extended in two positions depending on the driving situation. A fully paneled underbody that merges into a wide diffuser, and aerodynamic blades on some wheels complete the aerodynamic concept. The body panels of the model are entirely made of aluminum. The hot-forged steel parts form a rigid and impact-resistant interior frame, which is supported by the aluminum housing of the high-voltage battery. The front and rear are made up of large die-cast aluminum components and aluminum profiles.
And the interiors of the Audi e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT create the atmosphere of classic Gran Turismo. The driver and front passenger, separated by a wide center console, sit in a sporty low position. The interior is spacious and the instrument panel is based on the Audi “monoposto” design and faces the driver. The luggage compartment at the rear is 405 liters.
The RS comes with standard Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound and offers 350 liters of cargo space. The storage compartment under the bonnet provides an additional 81 liters of volume.
The third characteristic of gran turismo, besides sportiness and comfort, is its sustainability. Flooring and floor mats are made from recycled materials such as old fishing nets as standard. The 14-way Sports Plus seats – the middle of the three seat options – are available in two upholstery styles, both of which are also heavily recycled polyester. Customers with sophisticated tastes can also opt for high-quality leather or satin-finish carbon fiber inserts. Those looking for even more personalized solutions can find them in the Audi exclusive range from Audi Sport GmbH.
Depending on the modification, the output of the power plants is a total of 476 hp. or, in the RS version, 598 hp; in overboost mode, the e-tron GT quattro can deliver 530 hp for a short time, and the RS e-tron GT – 646 hp. The RS accelerates to 100 km / h in just 3.3 seconds.
The E-Tron GT is the first all-electric car from Audi to be built in Germany. It will be installed on the assembly line at the Audi Böllinger Höfe in Neckarsulm. The small-scale production at this site has been expanded and transformed to meet its new challenge, complementing the skilled craftsmanship of the previous plant with digital processes and intelligent technology. The electric Gran Turismo is built on a common assembly line with the high-performance R8 sports car.
The e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT come standard with the MMI navigation plus infotainment system, which supports LTE Advanced and includes a Wi-Fi hotspot for passengers’ mobile devices. The navigation system offers destination options based on previous routes and provides traffic information for a specific lane. The route is calculated both in the car and online on the provider’s servers. It uses real-time data about the general traffic situation to predict the route.
Audi connect online services are divided into two packages. The Audi connect navigation and infotainment package includes services such as online traffic information, navigation via Google Earth, online radio, hybrid radio and Amazon Alexa. Car-to-X services can alert drivers to hazards such as icy roads and help them find free parking spaces on the side of the road.
The E-Tron route planer, another service from Audi Connect, calculates the fastest route with the best charging points. In doing so, it calculates the total travel time, that is, the driving time and the charging time, and takes into account the forecasts regarding the traffic situation and the availability of charging points.
Taking orders for the all-electric Gran Turismo from Audi in Europe began in mid-February 2021. The cost of the e-tron GT quattro in Germany is from 99,800 euros. RS e-tron GT is a new “charged” model of the brand, the cost of which is 138,200 euros. Both models are powerful, fast and dynamic, and both are emission-free. The sum of these strengths creates a character that reimagines the idea of gran turismo.
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