The Audi RS e-tron GT is an electric Gran Turismo with serious punch

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Static photo The Audi RS e-tron GT is the most powerful production car the company has ever produced, and it’s the first all-electric RS model. This is tempered by the fact it’s also a proper Gran Turismo, albeit one that packs a heavy punch.Key to its performance are two electric motors. The front motor produces 235 horsepower; the larger rear motor adds another 449 hp.When working together they combine to give an output of 590 hp, 612 pound-feet of torque and quattro all-wheel-drive. Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. As with the Porsche Taycan, which is more or less the same mechanically, the front motor uses a single-seed transmission; the stronger rear motor gets a two-speed transmission. The latter improves low-speed acceleration and increases the energy efficiency at high speed.Under most driving conditions, it uses the second of the two speeds, as it delivers good acceleration while allowing a top speed of 250 km/h. When maximum performance is demanded, it selects first gear to achieve the required warp speed off-the-line. The upshot, at least for now, is the 2300-kilogram GT runs to 100 kilometres an hour in “under 3.5 seconds” — you can bet the final number will be much closer to 3.0 seconds flat!The main lithium-ion battery, located as low as possible in the floor to improve the centre of gravity, is rated at 93.4 kilowatt/hours — the net usable is 83.7 kW/h. In a different move from most, the RS e-tron GT uses an 800-volt architecture, like the Taycan. This allows super-fast charging (up to 270-kilowatts) when connected the right outlet.The ability to ram this much power into the battery in such a short space of time requires a serious cooling system to prevent the battery from losing its cool – especially during fast-charging when there is no natural airflow to wick the heat away – so the GT uses four cooling systems to keep the heat under control. On the flip side, the riders are kept happy by a heat pump. It is more efficient, so more of the battery power can be dedicated to performance and range.On that note, expect a similar capacity number to the Porsche Taycan — it has an official driving range of 307 km, but a test of the Turbo S routinely saw more than 330 km as the real range after a full charge.RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos Audi ups its traction game with newest electric quattro systemThe RS e-tron GT rides on three-chamber air springs and adaptive dampers. Depending on the drive mode selected, the damping and ride height change. Firming the dampers and dropping the suspension at speed not only sharpens the handling, it also helps the aerodynamics, which is good for driving range — efficiency mode drops the ride by 22-mm below the normal ride height.The three-chamber air suspension and dampers can also react to a change in demand in milliseconds, meaning the setup will be doing the right thing at the right time. Throw in the 50-50 front-rear weight distribution and it promises to be a sublime drive.Next up is available four-wheel-steering. At speed, the response to input promises to be millimetre-precise, yet at slow speeds the rear steer cuts the turning circle, which makes it easier to manoeuvre in a cramped parking lot.Having motivated the RS e-tron GT to speed, it has to stop. The base system uses cast-iron rotors; the mid-range option gets coated rotors. If wanted, there is a full-on ceramic brake package. Given much of the braking is done by the electric motors as they harvest otherwise wasted energy, the last option seems like overkill. All systems use a fully-electric brake booster, which helps the transition from regenerative to hydraulic braking when needed.The Audi RS e-tron GT is slated to hit Canadian roads in the summer of 2021.LISTEN: Canada’s hard-charging EV pioneer Kent Rothwell joins podcast PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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This overboost mode comes into play when the launch control function is activated. Remarkably, unlike many such systems, the GT’s launch control can be used up to 10 times before the battery needs a rest and regenerative braking to replenish some of the spent energy. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Static photo Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Dynamic photo Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Dynamic photo Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi RS e-tron GTHandout, Audi Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Dynamic photo Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Static photo Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Static photo Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Dynamic photo COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

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