2022 Audi RS e-tron GT: The best of three worlds

If you still doubt the sporty qualities of an electric car, I’d like to offer you a ride on a curvy road, strapped into the right bed of an Audi RS e-tron GT. Because this wide, low-slung, coupe-like sedan has nothing to envy a legion of heat engine sports cars. Despite the two and a quarter metric tons (2,331 kilograms to be precise) it weighs in the balance.

Of course, it would be first of all the fierce accelerations and recoveries that would make you widen your eyes. With Hot Start mode, which increases the combined power of its two electric motors from 590 to 637 horsepower in 2.5 seconds, the RS GT jumps from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.26 seconds and crosses the mile. speed of 202.6 km/h. Times are at least as impressive, as it goes from 80 to 120 km/h in 2.1 seconds. All this with the precious help of its two-speed rear gearbox.

In both cases, the feeling is strong and we want more. That’s fine, in a car that doesn’t consume a drop of gasoline and doesn’t emit pollutants. Speaking of which, the 93.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, of which only 83.7 kWh are used to preserve its longevity, delivered a better promised range of 378 km in a few recharges in a Tier 2 terminal. recharges electrons from 5 to 80% in 22.5 minutes, taking advantage of a maximum capacity of 270 kW thanks to an electrical architecture at 800 volts.

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With the Audi touch

Comparisons to the Porsche Taycan are inevitable ever since Audi created the RS e-tron GT and its sibling, the e-tron GT, on the J1 platform that Porsche developed for its own electric sedans. We are sure that 60% of the parts and components of the Audi e-tron GT are exclusive to them. All aluminum body elements and the entire cabin are certainly included. And all these parts bear the exclusive branding of the latest Audis.

The RS e-tron GT and its GT sibling are 2.6cm longer than the Taycan and 3.6cm taller, but have the same wheelbase. The contour of the trapezoidal grille and the large sequential taillights leave no doubt about its affiliation. Especially with the brand’s large intertwined ring crests. The long, tapered profile evokes the RS 7 Sportback, just a few millimeters taller. The RS GT’s heavily arched fenders cover wide, low tires – size 265/35R21 at the front and 305/30R21 at the rear – giving it a sturdy stance.

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In the cabin, the dashboard is more chic and classic than that of the Taycans. It combines a pair of round dials that dominate the 12.3-inch pilot-only configurable display and a central 10-inch touchscreen that sits in the center of a large carbon fiber bezel that runs the entire width of the cabin. . A series of keys controls the air conditioning under the screen and another takes care of modes and driving aids at the junction of the console where the ignition and audio system buttons are housed. Between the two, the transmission slider tames quite easily for this type of device.

As always with Audi, the finish is excellent and the quality of materials excellent, in the sporting register. As it should be for this car. Along with an abundance of leather, the carbon fiber, aluminum and black lacquer inserts and frames are tastefully arranged and measured. The steering wheel follows the Audi RS tradition with a well-shaped rim, straight at the bottom and covered in perforated leather. However, it lacks a button that prevents the driver from searching the screen to choose a driving mode after pressing the Drive Select button.

and the way too

It takes a minimum of flexibility and effort to settle into the heavily sculpted front seats, whose supports are pronounced and the seat is very low. To sit in the back, you also need to tilt your head to avoid hitting the pronounced arch of the ceiling. Note that the advertised fifth place, in the center, is little more than an illusion.

Behind the wheel, the position is impeccable, as is the general ergonomics of the controls. The beautiful aluminum levers behind the steering wheel allow you to activate an energy recovery on deceleration that remains very modest, even at the maximum setting. It would be nice to be able to actually drive a pedal.

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In town, you hear a lot of mechanical noise aboard this electric RS GT that you’d think perfectly silent. Rolling noise depends on the quality of the surface… Especially with the test car’s optional 21-inch wheels, shod with very low-profile tires, which bump sharply at the slightest crack or bump. On the road, on the other hand, the RS e-tron GT drives smoothly and keeps its course wisely. A very commendable aerodynamic silence reigns.

Plus, we’re delighted to be able to lift the front of this long, low sedan to cross a curb or a slanted driveway without pinching or damaging the front. It would be wonderful, however, to be able to do this at the touch of a button instead of typing a two-pronged operation on the center screen.

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On a winding road or approaching a beautiful series of curves, simply activate the dynamic driving mode (in two steps!) and the RS GT will pull its claws. In curves, it sticks firmly to the bitumen, guided by a sharp and just firm enough direction.

If you push harder and need a little body roll and a hint of understeer, tell yourself that’s the intention. Because at Audi we like to combine the best attributes of a sports car and a grand tourer. Even when the car is powered by a pair of electric motors. After all, it’s the least you can do when using the initials RS and GT.

Photo: Marc Lachapelle

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