637 hp using overboost function
Will come loaded with Audi Sport handling hardware
The Audi e-tron GT RS is going to be the most powerful road car the company has ever made. Here’s how they’re doing it, and some of what goes into building an EV that is worthy of, as the company calls it, the red rhombus.
590 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque is what Audi expects from the two electric motors underneath of the first electric RS model. If that’s not quite enough for you, the car can manage 637 hp for a limited time on an overboost function. That overboost number is well over the 602 hp of the V10-powered R8 Plus, and the torque figure is almost exactly 200 lb-ft higher. Even more impressively, all of the e-tron’s torque arrives instantly and not up the rev band.
Audi says the car can hit 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and run to 250 km/h flat out, with final numbers to come closer to the on-sale date. Like the Porsche Taycan, the RS e-tron GT has a two-speed rear gearbox to help balance that top speed and battery efficiency. Also like the Porsche it can Launch Control take-off multiple times, though it’s limited to 10 at a time before a cool-down is needed. Audi says that you’ll probably need a break before the car does, however.
396 battery cells give the car 93.4 kWh of gross battery capacity, though Audi didn’t talk range in this talk. It will charge back up quickly, at up to 270 kW to get you going again ASAP.
Though it uses motor tech from the Taycan, including the hairpin motor windings that help make it more efficient and power-dense, Audi says that it’s going to be clearly an Audi in character, feeling different from the Porsche thanks to power bias, tuning, and other Audi tweaks.
The suspension is an active three-chamber air spring setup with multiple height settings. It can raise 20 mm from standard height as needed, but also lower 10 mm for dynamic mode and 22 mm for Efficiency mode. 19, 20, and 21-inch wheel sizes will be available; Audi says the 20 offers the best range while the 19s weigh just 12.5 kg each making them the lightest option.
Inside those wheels, three brake options will be offered, traditional iron, modern carbon ceramics, and a surface coated steel option Audi said helps boost efficiency. Torque vectoring sends power to wheels in a way that improves handling while four-wheel steering helps agility and stability. An Audi Sport rear differential maximises traction for the instant torque of the motors.
Thanks to extensive lightweighting including a carbon roof, Audi said the car should have a total weight of around 2,300 kg. Not a feather, but good for the segment. When will we finally get to see it? Try the “beginning of next year,” the Automaker said. As for when it will go on sale, expect it to hit the market in Canada next summer.