Within the period of electrical automobiles, it’s not stunning when a luxurious car ships with sufficient energy to do 0-60 in roughly three seconds. It’s even much less stunning within the case of Audi’s new e-tron sedan, which pulls closely on tech and designs from the speedy Porsche Taycan.
The brand new e-tron is available in two primary fashions. The $99,900 GT mannequin guarantees as much as 522 horsepower with a 0-60 time just below 4 seconds. The $139,900 upgraded RS e-tron GT guarantees trim upgrades in addition to a 0-60 time at simply 3.1 seconds. That places it on-par with Audi’s personal R8 supercar, which requires a V10 combustion engine to hit these sorts of efficiency numbers.
That energy comes from a dual-motor setup. The entrance motors are the identical in each automobiles, however the again motor on the RS has extra horsepowerto give it additional pep.
The brand new e-tron has an identical sportback design as the present e-tron A7 with a window that slopes gently towards the again of the automobile. The brand new mannequin can also be the identical size, however it’s wider and sits decrease for higher dealing with and aerodynamics. The radiator and brake ducts can shut whereas driving to advertise extra airflow across the physique.
The RS mannequin has a five-layer, carbon-reinforced plastic prime, which Audi says is a primary for the section.
A 93.four kWh lithium-ion battery pack offers the GT an estimated vary of 238 miles, whereas the extra performance-oriented RS mannequin claims 232 miles. It’s value noting that these are producer estimates, nonetheless, and the official EPA estimates may very well be totally different once they’re issued later.
Audi constructed an built-in cooling construction beneath the battery packs, which reinforces the cells in an aluminum housing to guard passengers in case of a crash.
Every mannequin can cost at as much as 270 kW, that means it could go from 5 p.c as much as 80 p.c in roughly 22.5 minutes—no less than on paper. That form of velocity would require entry to a high-speed charging community, just like the one supplied by Electrify America. Efficiency will fluctuate with lower-powered chargers.
On a typical automobile, solely the entrance wheels flip while you steer. The brand new e-tron’s again wheels, nonetheless, can flip as much as 2.eight levels in the other way for higher dealing with throughout turns. It feels like a small adjustment, however it could make an enormous distinction by way of driving really feel.
Just like the earlier mannequin, the brand new e-tron sits on an air-suspension system. The brand new mannequin, nonetheless, has 60 p.c extra air capability than its predecessor, which permits for better changes between smooth and agency. You get extra cushioning whereas driving down apot-hole-laden street with groceries within the trunk, and a stiffer trip while you’re cruising down the freeway and need most efficiency.
The three-chambered system permits the automobile to take a seat wherever from 0.9 inches decrease to 0.eight inches larger than its inventory configuration, relying on driving circumstances.
Audi says the brand new e-tron GT ought to begin arriving within the US a while this summer season. On the $99,900 worth, it’s definitely not low cost—however it’s on-par with the entry-level Porsche Taycan, which begins simply above $100,000 and goes approach up from there.
It can have some competitors from Tesla’s lately revamped Mannequin S, which begins round $80,000 and gives a very ridiculous improve to a Plaid Version with a promised 0-60 time underneath two seconds. The usual Mannequin S will nonetheless handle a 3.1-second 0-60 time, however supply a for much longer vary of 412 miles on a cost.