Audi’s RS label for high-performance sports cars is not going under – there will be an RS version of the new E-Tron GT.
BMW has already announced it: From the purely electrically powered i4 there will also be an M-Performance version. Audi does not want to lag behind its local competitor: In a recent interview with auto motor und sport, Audi boss Markus Duesmann held out the prospect of electric cars with RS identification. The first model of this kind is likely to be the E-Tron GT RS.
From zero to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds: The Audi E-Tron GT RS (the normal GT version in the picture) should come close to the performance of a Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
Sister model Porsche Taycan Turbo S
Since the E-Tron GT is extremely closely related to the Porsche Taycan, Audi has it easy: Porsche currently offers the Taycan in the 4S (530 hp), Turbo (680 hp) and Turbo S (761 hp) versions. For Audi, there is hardly anything more obvious than to offer the potent Turbos S as an RS version. The Top-Taycan spurs in 2.8 seconds on speed 100 and is maximally 260 km/h fast – values, to which also the E-Tron GT RS might come near. In addition, an Audi engineer has emphasized to the British car magazine EVO that the current focus of development is on reproducing top performance. This is a problem with some electric cars: if drive components overheat, the only way to make slow progress is to use the emergency program.