Audi Sport to enter EV field with RS-branded e-tron GT



With rivals like Mercedes-AMG announcing their dedication to Audi Sport isn’t looking to be left behind, and has revealed its plans for the long run at a report by Autocar UK.

Last year, the company will present an RS edition of the manufacturing e-tron GT, that was previewed through an identically-named concept during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The e-tron GT shares the same J1 platform also located around the Porsche Taycan, and can reportedly be offered with the same three powertrain options as traditional Audi models like the A6, S6 and RS6.

This three-variant line-up isn’t unlike what you get with the Taycan, which also comes in three offerings — 4S, Turbo and Turbo S. It’s too uncertain if the e-tron GT will share similar specifications into its sister’s car, although it’s likely the base variant will provide a lower output to satisfy pricing requirements.

In its concept form, the e-tron GT includes a two-motor installation that supplies 582 hp (434 kW), with power supplied by a 90 kWh ion battery. Such as the Taycan, it uses an electric system, allowing for fast charging – around 20 minutes to get the battery into a 80% state of charge.

That isn’t the only electric vehicle that Audi Sport has intended, because there’s talk of an RS edition of the e-tron Sportback that debuted in November. With a much more aggressive styling and improved performance, this model will appear to compete against the Tesla Model Y Performance.

Another consideration is that the revival of this R8 e-tron, that is given an update and also be input into production late next year. Due to slow demand and a higher price tag, the EV never actually took off and was stopped, with less than 100 units being made in its life cycle. With the arrival of new technologies and stronger demand for EVs, the R8 e-tron might make a case for itself.

Aside from battery EVs, Audi Sport is developing plug-in hybrids for another generation of RS versions, with the RS4 being among the recipients. The car will compete against another Mercedes-AMG C 63, that will apparently ditch the V8 in favour of a four-cylinder PHEV powertrain with approximately 500 hp and aerodynamic drive.

The article Audi Sport to enter EV field with RS-branded e-tron GT appeared on Paul Tan's Automotive News.

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