Audi presented the most aggressive version of its 100% electric lineup, the RS e-tron GT, the third of the e-tron, but now moving from SUVs to an alternative that injects adrenaline for the characteristics of this grand tourer, which provides performance of a true super sports car.
The brand of the four rings is an active part of the transformation of the automotive industry towards carbon neutrality. Today it offers three models of the fully electrified e-tron line that have various features, where comfort, refinement in materials, excellent assembly quality, but above all a cutting-edge technological deployment stand out.
The e-tron GT is the first Audi with 100 percent electric propulsion to be manufactured in Germany, at the Böllinger Höfe plant in Neckarsulm. As a limited series production vehicle, its manufacture combines highly technological, digital, intelligent, and handcrafted processes, and it also shares the assembly line with the Audi R8.
Most notably, the entire production process is carbon-neutral, using 100% green electricity, as well as a combined heat and power plant powered by biogas to provide the factory with the necessary temperature.
The Audi RS e-tron GT Quattro finds a perfect balance in the power-to-weight ratio by balancing the weight of the floor-mounted battery bank, which is encased in a rugged aluminum shell that serves to reinforce the backbone of the passenger compartment, which is forged from hot-molded steel. The body is constructed from aluminum, and the front and rear sections also feature profiles cast from the same metal.
The roof of the car is made of glass as standard, but with the option of carbon fiber. The shapes are absolutely focused on sportiness, yielding an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.24. As an example of the orientation to an absolutely sporty performance, the rear spoiler is deployed in two positions according to driving conditions.
In the lower front part, it has two adjustable air intakes on the sides for cooling the brakes, while all the fairings on the lower part of the car discharge into a large rear diffuser. The aerodynamic shape ends in exterior dimensions of 4.99 m long, 1.94 m wide, and a height of just 1.41 m.
But to understand more clearly why this is a real electric car, we must take into account that the suspension is an absolute work of art in engineering that provides more than enough arguments to achieve 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.3 seconds.
It is a suspension designed as a deformable parallelogram, where most of its components such as arms and subframe are made of aluminum. It is also adaptive pneumatic to achieve a good level of comfort without neglecting the maneuverability making the best of its sporty performance.
On bearings, it has carbon-ceramic disc brakes, coated in tungsten carbon for better performance. The 5-twin-spoke cast aluminum wheels are standard 20", but with the option of 21", protected by low-profile 245/45 R20 103Y high-speed tires at the front, and 285/40 R20 108Y for the rear axle.
Before moving on to the power units, it is necessary to talk about the steering, which acts simultaneously on both axles; that is, at low speeds it discreetly turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels to improve their precision while reducing the turning diameter, thus facilitating maneuverability. Conversely, at high speeds it makes the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels for better stability.
It is beastly driven by two electric motors for Quattro traction, which together develop an output of 598 hp, and an over-boost mode can reach a maximum of 646 hp, with a torque of 612 lb-ft. These power units nimbly move the 2 tons 347 kg, plus the weight of the 5 occupants onboard. It is governed to limit top speed to 250 km/h (155 mph).
Finally, being an electric, we can not leave aside the range of autonomy. With the capacity of the battery bank composed of 396 cells, it is 85 kWh for a maximum range of up to 472 km per full charge. These are just some outstanding details about the features and performance of the RS e-tron GT that participates in the reinvention of the coupe, but with 4 doors in the segment of a grand tourer.
The price of the only version of the Audi RS e-tron GT available for Mexico is 3,259,900 Mexican pesos (about 157,805.24 United States Dollars).