Examined: 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT Whirs to 60 MPH in 2.9 Seconds

UPDATE 11/18/21: This assessment has been up to date with check outcomes.

To ensure the 2022 e-tron GT stands out among the many model’s different electrical choices, Audi requested sound engineers to develop a brand new soundtrack particularly for the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT fashions. Earlier than you go searching for it on Spotify, we’ll inform you that this “track” is performed only for the e-tron driver. It is a kind of intergalactic hum that transforms right into a turbine whoosh as you speed up, culminating in a 78-decibel whir at full thrust. It says, “I’m the long run,” and it will have you ever pondering dilithium crystals and calling a Scottish engineer to see how the whole lot goes, nevertheless it’s not fairly proper for the e-tron.

The sound Audi ought to have used—and the one enjoying in my head proper earlier than hitting the accelerator—is the adrenaline-juicing click on, click on, click on of a curler coaster on an upward climb. Flooring an e-tron GT produces the identical lung-flattening rush of acceleration as a coaster in freefall.

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HIGHS: Sub-three-second runs to 60 mph, respectable vary, superior chassis tech, unabashedly trendy design.

The e-tron GT has a twin on the Porsche supplier—the e-tron shares its platform, 800-volt electrical structure, entrance and rear electrical motors, two-speed computerized transmission on the rear axle, air springs, and all-wheel steering with the Porsche Taycan. Whereas the Taycan gives a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive setup in addition to the dual-motor-driven AWD 4S, Turbo, Turbo S, and Cross Turismo, no less than for now, the all-wheel-drive GT comes two methods: the 522-hp e-tron GT and the 637-hp RS e-tron GT. Accessing all of these horses requires launch management, and you then solely get the facility for two.5 seconds.

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With typical use, you get a nonetheless heady 469 horses within the GT and 590 within the RS. The distinction is one you are unlikely to overlook in your drive to work. Audi’s acceleration claims again up the roller-coaster feeling. We have not examined the bottom GT but, however Audi claims it can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The RS, alternatively, rockets to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 11.0 seconds flat at 127 mph—stout figures that simply edge out these of Audi’s 591-hp RS7, although they are not fast sufficient for prime honors among the many newest internal-combustion supersedans. The RS GT’s 60-mph dash additionally is not speedy sufficient to hold with the extra {powerful} Taycan Turbo S and the final Tesla Mannequin S Efficiency AWD we examined, each of that are roughly a half-second faster to 60 mph.

The e-tron GT and RS’s vary figures will probably imply extra to patrons. Per the EPA, the GT is nice for 238 miles and the RS is rated at 232. Our testing of the RS revealed 240 miles of vary, with our instance averaging 71 MPGe total and 83 MPGe on our 75-mph freeway check, the latter consequence simply beating its mixed federal ranking by 1 MPGe. Once more, these are respectable figures, however not the type that results in bragging amongst big-dollar EVs, particularly if the dialog turns to Teslas.

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LOWS: Efficiency trails comparably quick four-doors, unusually excessive noise ranges for an EV, steep six-figure value.

On the street, the RS GT excursions grandly. It hums and hauls so easily that the large numbers on the speedometer readout may come as a shock. The low, hefty weight of electrical automobiles—our RS check automotive tipped the scales at 5171 kilos—works of their favor in terms of secure cornering, and 590 electrical horses are greater than sufficient to reshape your eyeballs. The GT’s greatest challenges come from not having the longest vary and never being the quickest or flashiest thrill experience within the park.

Audi will get factors for utilizing the steering-wheel paddles to manage regenerative braking. It is simply the kind of setting you may wish to change on the fly, say, heading down a steep hill or coasting alongside in freeway site visitors, and with the ability to regulate it with out having to dive right into a settings menu is wise. The center setting will really feel probably the most acquainted to gas-engine aficionados, and the max regen is sort of however not fairly aggressive sufficient to permit for one-pedal driving. The RS gives rear-wheel steering as an possibility. When fitted, the rear wheels additionally flip in section with the fronts to enhance high-speed stability; under 30 mph, the rears flip reverse to tighten maneuverability. Steering efforts are gentle, virtually too gentle at gradual speeds if the automotive is supplied with optionally available Energy Steering Plus, which simply boosts the steering help to feathery at low velocity. However when you get used to it, you will be flipping tight U-turns only for the enjoyable of it.

Fitted with 21-inch Goodyear Eagle Uneven 5 summer time tires, the RS’s 157-foot cease from 70 mph is within the hunt with the figures of different sizzling four-doors. However its 0.93 g of grip on the skidpad is slightly modest for a contemporary sports activities sedan—electrical or in any other case—a few of which have posted properly over 1.00 g of stick in our testing.

Audi tilts the GT’s controls towards the motive force, and the whole lot you want is inside simple attain. EVs have conditioned us to count on tech-focused and even minimalist interiors. The GT has a crisp digital show in entrance of the motive force and a ten.1-inch touchscreen in the course of the instrument panel, however there are—gasp—buttons for the local weather management.

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The GT does play into one other electric-car expectation, nonetheless, that of the environmentally acutely aware and presumably vegan purchaser. Leather-based-free interiors and recycled supplies come normal, however if you wish to sit on cow hides you possibly can order up a much less vegan-friendly model. Whether or not your seats had been as soon as alive or by no means alive, the GT supposedly seats 5; simply be sure you name shotgun. Nobody will benefit from the center seat within the again. Legroom for the outboard rear seats is superb due to cutouts within the battery, which imply deeper pockets to your tootsies. Headroom is not as beneficiant, as you pay for the fashionable sweep of the roof with tiny again home windows and an encroaching C-pillar. Considerably surprisingly, the 71 decibels of sound within the RS at 70 mph are a number of decibels larger than we have skilled in comparable EVs, and it is even a contact louder than we have measured in a fire-breathing RS7.

Audi’s courageous new EVs begin at $103,445 for the e-tron GT, a value that strains up with the Taycan 4S, which wants 3.4 seconds to eclipse 60 mph. Deliver a $100,690 examine to the Tesla retailer and you will drive away within the faster Mannequin S. The RS model, with its carbon-fiber roof and additional energy, begins at $143,445. That cash would put you into an 1100-hp Mannequin S Plaid+ AWD, which is prone to be the quickest EV we’ll have examined as soon as we get our fingers on one. Full with the excellent $20,350 12 months One package deal, our RS GT carried a hefty $164,390 as-tested value.

Sizewise, the e-tron is about identical size as an A7, nevertheless it’s dramatically decrease and wider. The huge rear finish and taillights look significantly nice, however in entrance, the huge crossbar by way of the grille visually weighs down the entrance finish. Total, the e-tron GT reads elegant and muscular. It is not a sport changer coming after the Taycan and even the still-powerful grandfather of the section, the Mannequin S, nevertheless it’s fairly a experience.

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