The 2021 Audi E-Tron GT – a twin under the skin to the Porsche Taycan electric car – has finally been unveiled, and the first examples are due in Australian showrooms between July and September (Q3) this year.
In normal driving mode the Quattro derives 350kW/630Nm from its dual axle-mounted motors, while the RS has a claimed output of 440kW/830Nm.
However, when engaging the launch control function both cars get a brief but significant power bump off the line – the Quattro finds 390kW for up to 2.5 seconds, while the RS gets an impressive 475kW over the same short burst.
This feature allows the Quattro variant to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 4.1 seconds on the way to a top speed of 245km/h.
The RS, meanwhile, completes the sprint in a claimed 3.3 seconds and tops out at 250km/h.
Voltage on both cars is drawn from an 85kWh (net) lithium-ion battery, with an estimated real-world driving range of 488km.
An 800-volt electrical architecture features under the skin, with 270kW DC charging capability on board for a five to 80 per cent charge in just 22.5 minutes.
Under braking, the electric motors provide approximately 0.3 g of regenerative deceleration, which Audi says can achieve a maximum recuperation of 265kW.
Further stopping power is provided by steel disc brakes (or "friction brakes" as they are now known) on the Quattro – or tungsten-coated cast iron discs on the RS. Carbon ceramic brake discs can also be optioned on either model.
The Audi E-Tron GT sedan measures 4990mm from nose to tail, and the height of the sleek roof is a sports-car-like 1410mm. The body is 1960mm wide (not including mirrors), and Audi says the overall shape has a drag coefficient of just 0.24.
CarAdvice understands the controversial camera 'virtual' mirror available as an option on the recently-released Audi E-Tron SUV – introduced specifically to reduce wind resistance and improve range – will not be available on the GT.
Moving inside, the standard cabin features leather-free "sustainable" upholstery, while a leather package can also be optioned.
A stepped battery layout under the floor has been designed to maximise cabin space, while boot capacity sits at 405 litres.
Infotainment comes via a centre-mounted 10.1-inch touchscreen display, and Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit Plus system behind the steering wheel.
The Pre Sense Front and Pre Sense Basic safety systems are fitted as standard on both models, as is lane departure warning. Three optional safety packages are on offer, these being “Tour,” “City,” and “Park.”
Matrix LED headlights are fitted as standard on the RS E-Tron GT and offered as an option on the E-Tron GT Quattro, while Audi’s laser light high beam feature can also be specified on either model.
Nine exterior colours will be offered (including an all-new “tactical green”), and 19-, 20-, and 21-inch alloys will be available across the range.
However, a spokesperson for Audi told CarAdvice there was no information yet on the prospect of a higher performance Turbo S-derived Audi E-Tron model.
The Audi E-Tron GT will be built alongside the R8 supercar at the Volkswagen-owned brand’s carbon-neutral Böllinger Höfe factory in Neckarsulm, Germany.
The first Australian deliveries are expected in September this year, with local pricing and specifications yet to be confirmed.
In Germany the Quattro will start at €99,800 ($AU156,000) plus on road costs, while the RS will be priced from €138,200 ($AU$220,000).