Audi e-tron GT Price Puts Electric Performance Car in Rarified Air

The 2022 Audi e-tron GT will start at $99,900 (not including the destination charge) when it goes on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2021. (Audi of America)

Audi has unveiled the 2022 e-tron GT, the third model in its range of fully electric vehicles (EVs). Created to serve as a high-performance EV, the new 2022 Audi e-tron GT is a corporate cousin to the Porsche Taycan, and with a starting price of $99,900, it competes with high-end models such as the Lucid Air and Tesla Model S.

Based heavily on a 2018 concept car of the same name and about the same size as an Audi A7, the e-tron GT convincingly challenges the notion that motorsports and sustainability are mutually exclusive concepts. The four-door coupe features classic gran turismo proportions in a low, wide, and sleek expression, with an athletic stance and an aggressive personality. Audi’s design DNA is readily apparent.

Performance comes from a pair of permanently excited synchronous electric motors at the front and rear axles, paired with a 2-speed transmission. Output amounts to 469 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque in the standard specification, but if you activate launch control and overboost, you’ll enjoy 522 hp and 472 lb.-ft. for 2.5 seconds. Audi says the e-tron GT accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 152 miles per hour.

The more potent RS e-tron GT version produces 590 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque (637 hp with overboost). Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.1 seconds, and the RS achieves a top speed of 155 mph. These figures make the RS e-tron GT the most powerful Audi currently available. And it’s performance is on par with the Audi R8 while producing zero emissions.

Audi e-tron GT Price Puts Electric Performance Car in Rarified Air

Audi plans a leather-free standard interior for the new 2022 e-tron GT, complete with recycled materials. (Audi of America)

Thanks to front and rear electric motors, the e-tron GT boasts Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive as standard equipment. The car also has a height-adjustable, three-chamber air suspension and four-wheel steering for superior ride and handling qualities.

A uniquely-cooled 93.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack energizes the powertrain. With the ability to charge at 270 kW using a DC fast-charger, this battery can recharge to 80% capacity in less than 23 minutes. The battery supplies an estimated driving range of 238 miles for the e-tron GT and 232 miles for the RS e-tron GT. Official EPA ratings are forthcoming, so these figures may change.

Aerodynamic design further optimizes efficiency; the GT’s drag coefficient is just 0.24. A leather-free interior is standard, featuring a driver-focused and digitalized cockpit, recycled materials, and both Dinamica and Alcantara fabrics. Genuine leather is an option.

The e-tron GT is the third all-electric addition to Audi’s U.S. model line and is yet another step for the brand to reach its goal of electrifying 30% of its product lineup by 2025. This goal trails more ambitious automakers such as Volvo, which expects 50% of sales to come from EVs by that same year.

Audi will build the e-tron GT in its Böllinger Höfe manufacturing facility in Heilbronn, Germany, the home of the Audi R8 sports car. It will go on sale this summer.

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