- Four-door coupe presented
- Outwardly, the Audi differs significantly from the Taycan, it looks more angular:
- Picture gallery: Audi e-tron GT quattro (2021)
Four-door coupe presented
The Audi e-tron GT has a somewhat longer history: The study was already shown in 2018, since then there has been an endless series of prototypes and camouflaged cars to be seen (reports at Motor1). But in spring 2021 the car will be launched on the market.
Audi is now also revealing the technical details and prices.
The equivalent of the Porsche Taycan is initially available in two versions, the e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT. Both have an electric all-wheel drive with a permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) on the front and rear axles. Both start versions adopt the two-speed gearbox on the rear axle. There is currently no talk of a variant with rear-wheel drive like the Taycan.
The normal model has 350 kW, the RS version e-tron GT has 440 kW (598 PS) and 830 Nm. For a maximum of 2.5 seconds, there is still about 40 kW more when you activate the launch control. The e-tron GT roughly corresponds to the Taycan 4S Performance + (350 kW, with Launch Control 420 kWh), the RS roughly to the Taycan Turbo (460 kW, with Launch Control 500 kW).
|e-tron GT quattro||RS e-tron GT|
|rated capacity||350 kW (476 hp)||440 kW (598 hp)|
|Peak performance (2.5 seconds, with activated Launch Control)||390 kW||475 kW|
|maximum torque||630 Nm||830 Nm|
|0-100 km / h||4.1 sec.||3.3 sec.|
|Top speed||245 km / h||250 km / h|
|battery pack||86 kWh net||86 kWh net|
|WLTP range||approx. 488 km||n / a.|
|Charge||up to 11 kW AC, up to 270 kW DC||up to 11 kW AC, up to 270 kW DC|
|Base price||99,800 euros||138,200 euros|
The sprint times are also similar to Porsche: the normal e-tron GT takes 4.1 seconds (Taycan 4S: 4.0 seconds), the RS model just 3.3 seconds (Taycan Turbo: 2.8 seconds). There is also a small respect distance to Porsche when it comes to top speed: the e-tron GT reaches 245 km / h, the RS model 250 km / h, while the data for the Taycan is 250 and 260 km / h.
Both variants have batteries with 86 kWh net (93 kWh gross); this corresponds to the larger battery of the Taycan, which also has a battery with 79 kWh gross. The e-tron GT thus manages 488 km according to the WLTP standard (forecast), the range of the RS variant has not yet been announced.
The voltage level is 800 volts; so the car can be charged very quickly. A charging power of up to 270 kW with direct current is possible as standard. This means that electricity can be recharged in five minutes for a distance of around 100 kilometers. It is also possible to refuel during the lunch break: under ideal conditions, charging from 5 to 80 percent should only take 23 minutes.
With alternating current, only 11 kW are possible as standard, but shortly after the market launch, you can also charge with 22 kW. The thermal management works with four cooling circuits and a heat pump.
Outwardly, the Audi differs significantly from the Taycan, it looks more angular:
Audi RS e-tron GT
Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
The Singleframe here is "inverted in color" compared to the conventionally powered Audis with their dark grill, which means that it appears brighter than the surroundings. The headlights are wedge-shaped, the front appears rather restless. As with the Taycan, there is a continuous LED light strip and a diffuser at the rear. The automatically extending rear spoiler with two positions cannot be seen in the pictures.
Inside, too, the Ingolstadt-based company made sure that the difference to Porsche is preserved. A 12.3-inch instrument display (Audi virtual cockpit plus) and a 10.1-inch touchscreen are standard equipment. There is an optional head-up display, but apparently no front passenger display as with Porsche. The differently designed center console is also noticeable:
In the rear, passengers can put their extremities in the foot garages – just like with the Taycan. Audi gives the drag coefficient as 0.24. The wheelbase is identical to that of the Taycan (2.90 meters), the other dimensions also differ only slightly: length 4.99 meters, width 1.96 meters, height 1.41 meters. The luggage compartment in the rear has a capacity of 405 liters, the front 81 liters.
Both models have adaptive dampers and a rear axle differential lock (regulated on the RS) as standard, while three-chamber air suspension is available as an option (or as standard on the RS model). All-wheel steering is optional for both models. Brake discs with a tungsten carbide coating are available on request (standard on the RS model); Brake discs made of carbon fiber ceramic are optionally available for both models. Wheels are available from 19 to 21 inches.
The basic version has LED headlights as standard, the RS variant has matrix LED headlights. The Audi laser light, which is intended to double the range of the high beam, is also available as an option for both models.
More about the Porsche equivalent: Porsche Taycan (2021) as a basic version with rear-wheel drive for 83,520 euros
Video: Porsche Taycan Turbo S in the test – what it can't do?
There are nine different paint colors for customization, including the new tactical green. Depending on the paintwork, the Singleframe is available in the vehicle color or light gray – or black, if you choose the appropriate optics package, which also includes black sills and a black diffuser. The three different carbon packages are even more exclusive. On request, Audi can also supply the exterior mirror caps and the entire roof in carbon.
Picture gallery: Audi e-tron GT quattro (2021)
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