Audi RS e-tron GT

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The Bavarian car manufacturer with the four rings recently launched their most powerful production car ever. LossKARn had a first taste of the fully electric Audi RS e-tron GT.

Family means nobody gets left behind. Just like Porsche’s Taycan, Audi now launched an electric super sedan as well. And I mean this literally. The RS e-tron GT and the Taycan were developed together, sharing the same platform. And they both feature two electric motors, front and rear, resulting in all-wheel drive.

I have driven all derivatives of the Porsche Taycan extensively and I have taken the Audi e-tron Sportback S on 1500 km road trip into the Karoo, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the electrifying flagship ride from Ingolstadt, the first RS without an internal combustion engine.

I have obviously seen pictures of it before, which I liked. But the reality is a different story. Parked in front of the Zeitz Mocca museum in the Waterfront’s Silo district, or even just charging in the basement, this is a stunningly beautiful automobile. The most gorgeous Audi in the current line-up. The lines are simply breathtaking. Taycan and RS e-tron are obviously twins, but they look nothing alike, in a manner of speaking they are fraternal twins.

And how does it drive? First impression, it’s an Audi inside. Not too futuristic, functional top class. If you change over from a non-electric Audi, you will feel at home right away. The missing sound is easily compensated by those looks.

As expected from an electric supercar, the performance is sensational, the acceleration eye-watering. 10.9 seconds – from 0 to 200km/h. The ‘normal’ output is 440kW, with the boost function this will briefly go up to 475kW. Despite weighing in at almost 2 1/2 tons. Once again, like in the Taycan Turbo S before, I feel my brain is being pushed towards the back of my skull.

ENGINE

Two electric motors, front and rear (800 volts)

POWER

440kW and 830Nm

TOP SPEED

250 km/h

I am still a petrolhead, but to be honest, each and every time I am driving one of those electric top-end cars now, I am enjoying myself more. And I am surprised how quickly they are catching up. Not so much here in South Africa though. First of all, we still need to have a proper infrastructure with fast chargers in strategic locations.

The RS could theoretically be charged with up to 270kW/h. 8 to 80% battery capacity would then just take a coffee break, about 19 minutes. For this, to work the battery has to have a certain temperature. In Germany, as soon as you enter a fast charger into your Audi’s navigation system, the battery will automatically warm up to receive all those 270kW/h. Without prep, the charger will only supply you with 150kW/h. By the way, the fastest (and only) charger I did experience on my Overberg road trip was 22kW/h.

And then there is the price. This electrifying RS will set you back R3 300 000. That’s a decent house. But remember, computers and other new, innovative electronic devices like drones and smartphones, were once incredibly expensive as well.

So what’s next for the e-Tron? I think the - thanks to air suspension - comfortable travel companion RS Gran Turismo would look stunning as an Avant as well, like its fraternal twin Taycan in its Cross Turismo variant. Or what about a two-seater silent Spyder?

TECH SPECS

Audi RS e-tron GT Quattro

Engine

3.7-l. six-cylinder turbo, paired with an 8-speed auto PDK

Engine

Two electric motors, front and rear (800 volts)

Power

440kW and 830Nm

Top Speed

250 km/h

0-100km/h

3.3 seconds

Battery capacity

93 kWh

Range

433-472km

Price

R3 300 000

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