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The Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron are a power duo of all electric grand travel around halo cars that don’t look-like something from 2060. The company has introduced cars that are for now, not for the future to make electric cars a reality for the present. From outside they look like a sleek gasoline-powered GTs, but beneath the skin, there is a whole lot more power, technological pop and panache than the design implies at first look.
The 2022 Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron get a low hanging roofline, wide track and long wheelbase like those grand tourers of the past. Talking about e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT were both produced alongside the Audi R8, borrowing a few things from the iconic R8 design.
Comparing with 800-volt architecture of Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT makes 469 combined horsepower up to 522 hp with over-boost from a pair of dual and permanent magnet motors powering the front and rear wheels. Whereas, RS e-tron GT makes 590 up to 637 horsepower from those same motors.
According to Audi, it can do 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. Both vehicles are powered packed and fast, making it a great choice for seamless drives on mountain roads or long highways stretches. The acceleration is almost soft and smooth, as it is in most other electric vehicles. Audi’s electric quattro provides torque vectoring system for all wheel drive. This system allows a great amount of power to the wheels that can smoothen sudden lane changes or driving on slippery roads.
Both the car models also get optional rear wheel steering. The rear wheels can turn up to 2.8 degrees in the opposite direction to the front wheels to help make the turning radius of the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT smaller under 30 mph.
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The EPA-estimated range for the RS e-tron GT is 232 miles while the e-tron GT is estimated to get 239 miles of range. Those estimated EPA ranges are a result of the low-slung 93 kWh battery pack that can charge up to 80% in 23 minutes on 270-volt chargers, according to the company.
The e-tron and the RS e-tron GT both are mixtures of features of e-tron and Audi R8, and both GTs get dual screens that offer tons of features for drivers and passengers. The cockpit of 12.3-inch virtual in front of the driver is highly customizable. It offers you everything starting from map views to battery status access with few simple inputs on the steering wheel.
The system also has a voice control to set destinations by simply pressing the button on the steering wheel and giving car an address, point of interest or city. There is 10.1-inch infotainment system in the center console which offers everything from drive mode selection to specific Audi apps, navigation options, optional messages, heat and cooled seats and much more. The screen Audi MMI is full of fun and is touch capacitive and you can drag and drop icons around, allowing owners and their passengers to customize the home screen in any way.
In the year of launch, Audi is just offering one pricey, but special option on the RS e-tron GT, the year one package. Owners get the carbon performance package with features like carbon-fiber trim, illuminated door sills, black badges and rear wheel steering along with special 21inch wheels, red ceramic brake calipers, red seatbelts and red stitching inside just under $20,350.