• Audi revealed its all-new e-Tron.
• The all-electric sports car is available in standard and RS trims.
• The RS e-Tron can clear 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds.
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Audi has pulled back the vale on its all-electric e-Tron GT. The sports car, available in 'standard' and RS guises, is Audi's take on the electric sports car and promises to deliver the type of performance we've come to expect from the four-ringed brand.
The e-Tron is powered by a 93kWh battery, of which only 85kWh is available to use. in GT Quattro guise, the power unit develops 350kW and 630Nm, while the RS e-Tron GT Quattro ups the ante to 440kW and 830Nm. Audi says that when one pulls off the line using launch control, both models' power is increased to 390kW and 475kW, respectively. This momentary increase in power will last for a maximum of 2.5 seconds.
0-100km/h for each model is rated at 3.3 and 4.1sec, while top speeds are 245km/h and 250km/h.
Design and aero
The e-Tron's design takes inspiration from the Gran Turismo game, but Audi has gifted its newest sports car with its own unique identity. The car is identified by its large wheels, long wheelbase, and wide track. Efficiency has been the main objective with this car, and the e-Tron's shape carries that over.
The car is further recognizable by its single-frame grille finished in the car's body colour, the aero blisters, sloping roofline, and the extreme details brought onto the rear. Audi says the car has a low drag coefficient of just 0.24.
Though Matric LED headlights are standard on the RS e-Tron GT, it's optional on the e-Tron GT. Audi says that its 'laser light' technology is available to complement the Matrix LED headlights.
Given the car's nature, center of gravity is very low; thanks in part to how the battery packs have been positioned underneath the car. This, in theory, should give the e-Tron strong levels of dynamism, supported by Audi's controlled damping, rear-axle diff-lock, and the driving mode selector.
Adaptive air suspension is standard on the RS model (optional on the standard model), but all-wheel steering is optional on both cars.
Due in South Africa?
Audi South Africa says: "Currently, Audi Global is planning on launching the e-Tron in quarter one next year (2022). The Audi e-Tron GT is still under consideration for our market, with no ETA or confirmation at this stage, unfortunately. We will keep the media updated if anything changes as we embark on our e-mobility journey once plans are 100% confirmed."