2021 Audi RS e-tron GT Review – Bigger Muscles on the Juice

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The quest for electric cars to become cooler and desirable is more important than ever, and it’s a challenge that many manufacturers have on their hands. One way to do it is by having a ‘statement car’ – a flagship that gets people talking. For Audi that’s the new e-tron GT – a dramatic-looking four-door coupe that gets off to a fantastic start by sharing a platform with the superb Porsche Taycan and gaining Audi’s reassuring quattro all-wheel-drive system. It also packs an impressive battery back and powerful electric motor – even more so on the RS model – and offers 270kW rapid charging capability, which theoretically means the battery could be charged from five to 80 percent in as little as 23 minutes. It certainly all sounds impressive on paper, but can the e-tron GT live up to the flagship status behind the wheel? Let’s find out 2021 Audi RS e-tron GT review with Newtoplife!

2021 Audi E-tron GT: design

In terms of design, the Audi E-tron GT closely resembles the first E-tron GT concept from 2018. Hence, the four-door electric flagship has a near-identical stance and proportions, with a heavily sloping roofline, wide track, broad shoulder line and low bonnet.

2021 Audi E-tron GT: design
2021 Audi RS e-tron GT Review – Design

There is also a new interpretation of Audi’s single-frame grille on the E-tron GT where the honeycomb-pattern grille is painted in the body colour with a black surround. Rather than cooling, the grille’s main purpose is to hide a number of sensors used by the car’s assist systems.

Other design details include LED headlights and tail-lights with animations for the ‘coming and leaving home’ function. Wheel sizes range from 19-inch to 21-inch.

2021 Audi E-tron GT: interior and technology

The E-tron GT’s dashboard is a driver-focused version of the one seen in current Audi sedans. The central stack is tilted towards the driver, while the central tunnel houses a space-saving gear selector switch. Audi has also elected to return to a more traditional, single 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system layout with physical button for the climate control. Other features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, connected car technology and a wide variety of driver assistance and safety systems.

Audi also offers a leather-free design package that uses sustainable materials like Econyl, man-made ‘leather’ and wool-like Kaskade upholstery to name a few. Customers can also opt for a 16-speaker, 710W Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Its Hardware Isn’t Soft

Its Hardware Isn't Soft
2021 Audi RS e-tron GT Review

As a pure EV with a sizable battery pack and high-powered electric motors at both axles, the E-Tron GT has the powertrain brawn to match its swole exterior. But it mixes and matches components from the J1 parts bin in a slightly different way than the Taycan, coming up with a combination that suits its long-distance touring mission.

While there is a rear-drive base Taycan, all E-Tron GTs come standard with all-wheel drive. There are two flavors of performance: the E-Tron GT Quattro base model and the upgraded, more powerful E-Tron GT RS.

The base E-Tron GT is most comparable to the Taycan 4S, which comes in two outputs: the base car produces as much as 522 hp with launch control active. Upgrade to the larger 93-kWh battery pack, and total power increases. In the case of the Taycan 4S with the Performance Battery Plus, its output swells to as much as 562 hp—a 40-hp bump.

Spot The Differences 

Peeling back the camouflage reveals the same dramatic looks as its conceptual precursor. However, the main differences (if you’re a trainspotter) can be seen in the less expressive lower door creases, smaller diameter wheels, along with conventional door handles as opposed to Tesla-style pop-out items.

Spot The Differences 
2021 Audi RS e-tron GT Review – Spot The Differences 

The business-end features slightly different LED matrix headlights, inverted ‘single-frame’ grille, a straighter lower intake graphic, while the hood has a softer middle pressing. Side mirrors are conventionally larger, however, slimline camera replacements will be available in some countries.

Overall, the rear profile is similar to the Audi A7 and features prominent rear haunches, striking sequential full-width LED taillights, and an active spoiler to improve aerodynamic stability.

Verdict

Audi intended to make a statement with the e-tron GT and it’s managed just that. With its dramatic design, brilliant powertrain and strong focus on refinement, it’s a brilliant effort that paints a very positive picture for this German firm’s electric future.

Though the Porsche Taycan might be sportier to drive and the Tesla Model S able to travel further on a charge, the e-tron GT manages to be a perfect all-rounder and prove that EVs can be just as cool as desirable as anything with an engine under the bonnet.