The latest electrified option from the Audi stable is a special one. On par with speed, the 2022 RS E-Tron GT deserves praise—perhaps more than its universally beloved Taycan Turbo cousin. In Motor1.com’s latest YouTube review, we spend the day attacking canyon roads in the RS E-Tron GT to see what it’s actually made of.
As Brett T. Evans points out in his first drive, the RS E-Tron GT shares most of its underpinnings with the Porsche Taycan Turbo. Both cars use a 93.4 kWh battery pack, and in the case of Audi, 637 horsepower runs on all four wheels. The company says 0-60 mph happens in 3.1 seconds, but with warm tires and the right conditions, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it drop below three. Above every other feeling behind the wheel, acceleration is the hallmark. Few cars moved like this.
When the straight-line blasts end and corners begin, the E-Tron maintains its composure the way an RS should be. It’s easy to carry plenty of speed through corners with only minor adjustments necessary in throttle input—the defining factor is the EV-spec tires, which give up grip before you want it. We wish the steering would communicate better and feel heavy, but other than that, the car is a joy to drive hard.
Inside the cabin, the Audi is refreshingly downsized. In place of complementary screens that run on the HVAC system, there are actual physical buttons that work perfectly – thankfully not many. With this test car’s first year package included, just about everything is trimmed in carbon fiber or Alcantara which makes it feel dressed, but without too much effort.
The RS E-Tron GT heralds an exciting electrified future for high-performance Audi and assures that with the Volkswagen Group’s platform-sharing expertise, it still feels unique compared to its mechanically similar stablemate, the Taycan. This is the best E-Tron product yet, and we can’t wait to see where things go from here.
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