UPDATE: The E-Tron GT has now been officially unveiled. See our full story here.
February 6, 2021: The upcoming Audi E-Tron GT electric sedan has surfaced on social media this week, ahead of a debut set for 11pm (AEDT) on February 9.
A number of teasers and technical details have been offered in the time since its show-car debut, including confirmation that the top-shelf RS model will be powered by a 440kW/830Nm electric system that will power the hero variant to 100km/h in less than 3.5 seconds – thanks to a 475kW output in overboost mode. (Read our RS E-Tron GT review here.)
This pales in comparison to the new ‘Plaid’ variants in the most recently updated Tesla Model S range, however, which promise 0-100km/h times from 3.2 seconds and right down to “less than 2.0 seconds”.
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Still, it remains to be seen where Audi will price the RS E-Tron GT, although we’re expecting a number around $180,000 before on-road costs.
By comparison, the cheapest Model S Plaid is priced at around $215,815 drive-away, with the Plaid+ at around $237,970 drive-away (both prices based on registration in Victoria).
We could also see Audi affix its familiar Performance badge on an even more powerful version of the RS – if it feels compelled at all to compete with Tesla on acceleration.
Driving range for the E-Tron – at least in RS form – is expected to come in at around 400 kilometres on the tough WLTP test cycle, thanks to an 83.7kWh (93kWh gross) battery pack.
Australian timing for the E-Tron GT is still to be made official, but a late 2021 market debut is expected.
For more on the E-Tron models, see our showroom page links below, and read our RS E-Tron GT review here.