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On today’s podcast:
- Technical Specifications
- Exterior highlights
- Interior highlights
- How it compares to the competition
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Thursday 11th February. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
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AUDI E-TRON GT AND RS E-TRON GT LAUNCHED
A rare single-subject podcast today as we talk about one story only, as Audi revealed the e-tron GT. In two flavours, from launch you’ll also be able to buy the hot RS version.
So we’re talking about the Audi e-tron GT, and Audi RS e-tron GT. Not e-tron GT RS, which seems to me like it would make more sense to me!
This is also the first-ever electric Audi RS car
- 0–100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.1 or 3.3 seconds. GT has 476hp with 530hp boost mode. RS has 598hp with 646hp boost mode.
- Top speed of 245 km/h (152.2 mph) with the e-tron GT quattro and 250 km/h (155.3 mph) with the RS model
- Electric all-wheel drive with one permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) each at the front and rear axles; two-speed transmission at the rear axle. It has the 2-speed gearbox from the Taycan, but only uses first gear to get off the line in a hurry in launch control mode.
- The GT specs, if you want to compare to Taycan, are cloest to 4S.
- And to compare to other Audis, quicker than an RS6 or RS7, with 46hp more. And when the press were allowed to test the car before release, they timed 0-60mph at 2.88 seconds.
- e-tron GT to cost from around £87,000. The new Audi e-tron GT will cost from €99,800 Euro in Germany. £3000 more than a Taycan 4S. £7000 more than a Model S Long Range.
- RS model to cost from £120,000. €138,200 Euro in Germany. £5000 more than the Taycan Turbo. Same price as Model S Plaid (which has the tri-motor setup and 1,020hp).
- Driving modes: “Dynamic gives max power and stiffens suspension. Efficiency limits you to 87mph and lowers the car for better aero, and decouples the front motor.
- Different from the Taycan in that the third screen it has to control the heating is gone, and we have …buttons.
- Intelligent control of coasting and recuperation, brake recuperation of up to 265 kW
- Lithium-ion battery with a net energy content of 85 kWh (93 kWh gross) and a voltage level of 800 volts; 396 pouch cells in 33 modules
- AC charging with an output of 11 kW as standard and, shortly after market launch, optionally with 22 kW; DC charging with an output of up to 270 kW as standard
“With extraordinary power comes extraordinary range. The RS e-tron GT can travel up to 283 miles on a single charge; the e-tron GT quattro can go even further at up to 296 miles. And when it’s time to recharge, both cars have a 270kW high power charging capacity, which is even faster than our current e-tron and e-tron Sportback models at 150 kW, enabling a recharge of 5-80% in just 22.5 minutes.”
“Inside, the e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT design marries sporty ergonomics with passenger comfort. Even with their tapering rooflines, both cars effortlessly house up to 5 occupants. In front of the driver, the continuous horizontal lines of the dash hold a centre instrument console and touch screen panel that just seem to float. And front Sport seats, available in leather or leather-free, give optimum support, even when cornering at speed.”
- Presales of two models of the gran turismo with fully electric drive will start simultaneously in February 2021.
- Drag coefficient is just 0.24. Active aerodynamics with switchable air inlets for brakes and radiators, as well as a rear spoiler that extends in multiple stages; closed underbody and wide diffuser.
- Matrix LED headlights are standard in the RS e-tron GT. an option with the e-tron GT quattro.
- Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light are available as an option for both models; they double the range of the high beam.
- Rear lights with a light band; coming home and leaving home animations.
- Leather-free interiors, upholstery made with a high percentage of recycled material
- There are three seat variants and a choice of multiple design packages
- Sophisticated thermal management with four cooling circuits, efficient heat pump as standard; Preconditioning for fast DC charging on the road.
- Standard: controlled damping, rear-axle differential lock, Audi drive select dynamic handling
- Optional (standard in the RS model**): controlled rear axle differential lock and threechamber air suspension adaptive air suspension; optional for both models: all-wheel steering
- 19- to 21-inch wheels, most of which feature aero design; 20- and 21-inch wheels with aero
- Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3 inches) and MMI touch display (10.1 inches) as standard
- MMI navigation plus with Wi-Fi hotspot as standard, intelligent navigation with e-tron specific functions
- Extensive portfolio of Audi connect services; e-tron route planner for calculating the fastest route with the shortest possible charging stops
- Carbon-neutral production, use of eco-electricity and biogas
- Independent, innovative body shop, shared assembly line with the Audi R8
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“The color palette comprises nine colors, including the new color tactical green. Audi can provide two variants of the black styling package upon request. The first variant comprises the Singleframe, its mask, the area of the sills and door inserts, and the diffuser. The black styling package plus comes with the rings and badges in black gloss in addition. The three different carbon packages are even more exclusive. Audi can also provide the housings of the exterior mirrors and the entire roof in carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) upon request. As standard, the roof is made of heat-insulating glass.”
“The air inlets in the lower section of the front play an important role. The exterior upright air curtains guide the air into the wheel arches such that the air flows close to the wheel and then along the side. Some of the 20- and 21-inch rims feature light aero blades that are just 2 to 3 millimeters (0.08–0.12 in) thick. This covering further increases aerodynamic efficiency.”
“There is one controllable cool air inlet each behind the large ribs below the headlights and behind the openings in the corners of the Singleframe, which ensures active aerodynamics. In the interest of efficiency, the two controllable cool air inlets remain closed as much as possible. When they open in the context of a dynamic driving style, Y-shaped channels send the air to the coolers and into the front wheel arches in order to cool the brakes there.”
“The second major factor in the concept of active aerodynamics is the rear spoiler, which extends electrically to two different positions, depending on the speed. It works together closely with the smooth underbody that ends in a wide diffuser. This allows the air to flow cleanly off the rear end, and the lift that occurs at the rear axle at high speeds is almost fully compensated. When the adaptive air suspension (standard in the RS model**) lowers the body, it increases this effect, further improving the air flow and handling stability and further reducing lift.”
Its windshield is made of noise- insulating glass as standard, and the side windows are rear window are available with this type of glass upon request.
While braking, the electric motors perform decelerations alone up to around 0.3 g, i.e. the vast majority of all brake applications in everyday driving. This allows them to recuperate up to
265 kW of power. The hydraulic wheel brakes are activated only when the driver brakes very heavily, with recuperation remaining active almost until the vehicle comes to a standstill. In all driving situations – be it full acceleration, dynamic handling, coasting or brake recuperation – the gran turismo remains unshakably stable because its control systems for brakes, suspension, drive, and power electronics are closely connected and work together quickly.
Four separate coolant circuits regulate the temperature in the high-voltage components and the interior, each at its own temperature level. They can be interconnected flexibly as required. If the driver demands a high output several times in a row, valves couple the coolant circuit of the battery with the refrigerant circuit of the air conditioning system – the intensive cooling keeps the performance of the drive at a consistently high level. The refrigerant circuit also helps with cooling during fast DC charging, which can heat the battery up to 50 degrees Celsius.
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