Audi has globally premiered its e-tron GT – a luxury electric four-door coupe capable of 487km range which will be introduced as a rally sport (RS) model at the same time.

It’s built on similar technology to the electric Porsche Taycan.

The Audi e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT are expected to be available in Europe within months at a starting price around 99,800 euros and 138,200 euros respectively, then in the US later this year and in New Zealand and possibly Australia around the same time.

Two powerful electric motors provide all-wheel drive and what Audi describes as “stunning road performance”, the standard GT can produce 350kW power and the RS 440kW – both producing more power in “overboost” mode – while torque is around 630-640Nm.

Overboost and launch control allow the e-tron GT to get to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds and the RS to the same speed in 3.3 seconds.

The 85kWh (usable energy) battery pack’s 800-volt technology allows it to be recharged extremely fast, adding about 100km range in five minutes through high-speed charging.

“Suspension, lights, controls, connection, or e-tron sport sound: The Audi e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT demonstrate accumulated technical expertise and the Audi brand’s passion for details,” the company says.

Options include a heads-up display, all-wheel steering, noise-insulating glass and massage seats.

The two e-tron GTs have two displays — a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch touchscreen, wifi connection, Here navigation, a smartphone app which controls various functions such as door locks, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Audi NZ general manager Dean Sheed says e-tron GT pricing and feature content is still being worked on with that expected to be available on March 1.

“However, the website will be updated this week with an ‘Expressions of Interest’ section for the e-tron GT,” he says.

Sheed says the e-tron GT will be available in the two models here.

“The car is the first car designed and produced by Audi Sport, hence the RS badging, and signals the start of our high-performance models turning 100% electric – remember we are the Audi world’s No.1 market for RS sales mix.

“The model is the third member of the e-tron BEV family – first the e-tron SUV, then the Sportback, clearly both SUVs and now a GT high performance Grand Tourer at the top end.”

Source: autotalk.co.nz