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AUDI E-TRON GT RS SALOON

475kW Quattro 93kWh Carbon Black 4dr Auto

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The RS e-tron GT is the fastest ever Audi. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Once exclusively reserved for throbbing petrol powerplants, Audi's RS badge can now be found adorning a car with no fossil fuel addiction at all - this one, the RS e-tron GT. It's the fastest of Audi's two offered e-tron GT models and a direct Ingolstadt interpretation of this car's close cousin, the Porsche Taycan Turbo. Most of the same technology is inevitably shared between the two cars but this Audi has its own distinctive look and feel, which for many will set it apart. In real world terms, this is the fastest car the brand has ever made. It's also the flagship model in the company's growing e-tron EV range. Both are reasons, should you need them, to take this car very seriously indeed.

Driving Experience

Get ready for lots of numbers. The RS e-tron GT uses a 238PS front motor, with another at the back offering 456PS. You can't simply add those figures together to get its total output (because the two motors never reach power together). That total figure's actually quoted at 598PS - or, for a two second burst when you need acceleration, 646PS. Which, for reference, is 34PS less than this car's identically engineered development cousin, the Porsche Taycan Turbo. Assuming you're up for a few more figures, you'll want to know how fast this recipe makes this RS. Well, think 62mph in 3.3s. Which is pretty impressive for something weighing in at 2,347kg in kerb weight. Audi has differentiated this car from its Porsche cousin wherever it could, which in terms of drive dynamics means a different feel to the steering. All that weight gives it a different feel from other Audi RS models but because the mass is low and centrally placed, the car still corners with conviction. Whether there's enough of a real world performance advantage here to justify the considerable price premium over an ordinary e-tron GT quattro is another question. Various drive modes adjust steering weight - and of course ride comfort too, via the adaptive damping system.

Design and Build

There isn't much visual differentiation between this RS model and a standard e-tron GT quattro. Matrix headlamps are fitted to RS variants - but you can also have those on top 'Vorsprung' versions of the standard GT. Your best bet is to look at the wheels, which on the RS e-tron GT are bespoke 21-inch designs in either platinum grey or gloss black (depending on version). Otherwise, the aesthetic recipe is shared with both versions of this Gran Turismo-style EV design. Which means a long wheelbase, a wide track, large wheels and a low-lying silhouette which together deliver beautifully balanced, sleek and aerodynamic proportions - the drag coefficient is a slippery 0.24Cd. The dimensions are certainly those of a classic Grand Tourer, with a 4.99-metre length and 1.96-metres of width but a height of just 1.41-metres. At the front, the inverted colour scheme of the Singleframe grille provides a clue to the unorthodox powertrain at the car's heart. Inside, travellers in the RS e-tron GT enjoy an upgrade to 'Front Sport Seats Pro' sports chairs with 18-way adjustment, ventilation and massage capability, the facings treated to full perforated fine Nappa leather upholstery. Previous R8 owners will recognise the strong 'monoposto'-style driver focus. The upper section of the light, lean instrument panel with its pronounced three-dimensional look forms an elegant arc, and the display of the standard Audi virtual cockpit plus stands freely within it. The driver and front passenger sit low in the cockpit separated by a wide centre console which houses the gear selector switch, its compact design emphasising the sense of space and providing a precise haptic control experience. The rear seats offer sufficient space even for adults, who are able to sit lower and position their feet in what is known as a 'foot garage' thanks to a recess incorporated in the design of the battery pack running beneath the passenger compartment, which effectively compensates for the tapering roof line. Their luggage can be stowed in the rear load area, providing a volume of up to 405-litres, and in a second luggage compartment beneath the bonnet offering a further 81-litres of space.

Market and Model

Prices for the RS e-tron GT quattro start at around £111,000; compare that to around £80,000 for the standard e-tron GT quattro model. If you're set on the RS but want more kit, there's a 'Carbon Black' version available for around £125,000 and a top 'Carbon Vorsprung' variant offered for around £133,000. You can go mad with options of course Many RS owners will want to consider the gloss carbon styling package and also a full carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) roof and CFRP exterior mirror housings. Numerous driver assistance systems are either standard or available at extra cost. The Audi pre sense front and Audi pre sense basic safety systems are standard, as is the lane departure warning system, while other key technologies, including adaptive cruise assist, intersection assist and surround view cameras, are bundled into 'Tour', 'City Assist' and 'Parking Assistance packages. The assist package plus comprises all three and is standard for the e-tron GT 'Vorsprung' and RS e-tron GT 'Carbon Vorsprung', which also add a night vision assistant and a head-up display. A driver assistance highlight is the remote park assist plus feature that forms part of the parking assistance package. It enables the driver to manoeuvre the car into and out of a parallel or bay parking space by simply pushing a button, and without needing to be seated in the vehicle. From outside, the process can be activated and supervised via the myAudi app on a smartphone. By keeping the corresponding button pressed, the car will roll into the space, making multiple manoeuvres if necessary, and once in position will switch off the drive system, activate the parking lock and lock the doors. Brilliant.

Cost of Ownership

The clever 800V electric system here doesn't help driving range much. This is WLTP-rated at 280 miles, 15 miles less than the standard e-tron GT quattro. Which isn't especially impressive when you consider what a rival Tesla Model S Plaid can manage (390 miles). Charging ports for the 93.4kWh battery can be found behind both front wheels, each side featuring AC connectors, with a DC socket on the right side. As you'd expect, there are two charging cables, a Type 2 Mode 3 AC cable for your garage wallbox and a Type 2 Mode 2 cable for domestic and industrial plugs. The e-tron GT can charge up 11kW AC as standard. There's an optional on board charger available to increase that to 22kW. At a sufficiently powerful DC terminal, this electric GT can achieve a peak charging capacity of up to 270kW, allowing it to take on board enough charge for a journey of up to 62 miles in just over five minutes. Charging from 5 to 80% state of charge takes less than 23 minutes in ideal conditions from a rapid public charger. Accessing and paying for electricity while on the road can be easily taken care of using the 'e-tron Charging Service', which provides UK subscribers with one RFID payment card that is accepted at a vast number of charge points operated by 18 suppliers across the UK and Europe, and offers a choice of two fixed price charging tariffs.

Summary

The ultimate EV can't be very far from what's on offer in Audi's RS e-tron GT. Sixty from rest as fast as a superbike. Cabin luxury to rival a limousine. And an 800-volt electrified powertrain charging system under the sculpted body panels, with technology lifted direct from Audi's Le Mans-winning racecar. If the Ingolstadt brand could have capped all of this with a Tesla-style extended driving range, then all would have been perfect. As it is, the 283 mile figure on offer here is the kind of thing it's possible to get from a little Korean EV compact crossover these days. And you're unlikely to approach that kind of return very often, such is the temptation here to constantly exercise this e-tron RS model's astonishing reserves of power. So the range is a disappointment. And the asking price might limit this car to lottery winners. But even so, it's an astonishing technological achievement. And, in its own unique way, one of the most desirable Audi RS models ever made.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Audi Smartphone Interface with wireless functionality
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • Electromechanical power steering plus
  • Lane departure warning system
  • MMI navigation plus with MMI touch + Twin touch screens with haptic feedback
  • Power operated tailgate

Entertainment

  • Bang & Olufsen premium sound system
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Active rear spoiler
  • Carbon mirror housings
  • Carbon roof
  • Electrically adj heated/folding + automatically dimming exterior mirrors with memory + automatic kerb side function for passenger side exterior mirror
  • Fixed panoramic glass roof
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Front and rear illuminated aluminium door sill trims inlays with e-tron GT logo at the front
  • Heat insulating glass in windshield
  • LED rear lights with dynamic rear indicators
  • Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light, dynamic light sequencing and dynamic indicator
  • Privacy glass
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 18 way electrically adjustable front sports seats pro with integrated headrests
  • 3 spoke sport leather flat bottom heated steering wheel, multifunction plus including energy recovery paddles
  • 3 zone climate control
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Alcantara sport contour 3-spoke flat bottom alcantara sport steering wheel, multifunction plus and energy recovery paddles
  • Centre rear armrest with cup holder
  • Comfort remote pre conditioning
  • Electric steering column with memory
  • Fine Nappa leather upholstery
  • Headlining in black dinamica microfibre
  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
  • Stainless steel pedals and footrest
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Ventilation function for front seats

Packs

  • Black styling pack - E-tron
  • Gloss carbon styling pack - e-tron GT
  • Multi-coloured extended LED interior lighting pack - E-tron

Safety

  • Active vehicle alerting system (AVAS)
  • Audi pre sense front and basic
  • Side, front and head airbag system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts and wheel loosening detection
  • Keyless Go

Technical

  • Adaptive air suspension
  • E-tron sport sound

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    93.4
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    840
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    570
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    5-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    90
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    270
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    5-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    23
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
    Not Available
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
    Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    21.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    21.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    21.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH
    2.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL
    2.9
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    455
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH
    455
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL
    457
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    283
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH
    283
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL
    284

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    F83RH7WB3
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    646
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    93kWh
  • Coin Series
    Carbon Black
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    50P
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    3.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    646
  • Engine Power - KW
    475
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    612
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    84.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    830
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    265/35 R21
  • Tyre Size Rear
    305/30 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    21" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1396
  • Length
    4989
  • Wheelbase
    2900
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2158

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2860
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    350
  • Max. Loading Weight
    584
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2276
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.6
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"3 months ago"

Jen Lamplough

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"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

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"Very professional service, great communication from start to finish. I would highly recommend."

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Craig Ablett

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"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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