- the quicker 2022 rs e-tron gt comes with 637 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque.
- the rs variant also comes with a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof and rear-wheel steering as standard.
- the 2022 rs e-tron gt will be on sale later this year starting at $140,945.
adding an rs badge to the e-tron gt seemed like a no-brainer: take something quick and sporty and make it quicker and well, sportier. as we've come to expect from any audi rs model, this high-performance version of the 2022 e-tron gt has more horsepower, more torque, and a whole lot of carbon fiber.
the 637-hp rs e-tron gt has a 114-hp bump over the regular e-tron gt. all those extra horses come from the swapped-out rear motor that, in the rs, puts out 450 hp. the 235-hp front motor in the rs is the same as in the regular gt. the total output of 637 hp comes from the overboost feature that can deliver that peak output for 2.5 seconds at a time, helping to launch the electric sedan to 60 mph in a claimed 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph.
the rs gets the same three-chamber air suspension and rear-wheel-steering system found in the regular gt. but the ability to turn the rear wheels up to 2.8 degrees is standard on the rs, while buyers of the regular model have to pay extra for it. like the e-tron gt, the rs has all-wheel drive and a two-speed transmission. the battery pack is the same and offers 85.0 kwh of usable battery capacity from a 93.0-kwh-gross pack. audi estimates a range of 232 miles, compared with 238 miles for the standard model (official epa estimates are not yet available).
the rs package also comes standard with a five-layer carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof, along with matrix led headlights with laser lights, 20-inch aero wheels, 14-way adjustable heated sport seats, rs-specific interior trim, and cast-iron brake discs with tungsten carbide coating. audi claims the rs has a curb weigh of 5139 pounds, 79 pounds heavier than the standard model.
there's enough room in the back seats for adults thanks to the "foot garages" in the floor that place the rear passengers lower in the cabin to allow for more headroom even with a sloping roofline. a leather-free interior with an alcantara steering wheel is standard, but a nappa leather option is available. behind the wheel sits a 12.3 digital dash cluster and audi's mmi infotainment system sits in a single 10.1-inch display in the center console. the automaker says it chose this single infotainment screen for the more driver-focused e-tron gt rather than carry over the dual-display setup found in other audi models.
while the rs e-tron gt shares its platform with the porsche taycan, the design is clearly audi. its size and electric powertrain place it in direct competition with the tesla model s and, of course, the porsche. while it can't beat the tesla in range, it does have the same battery management system that allows the taycan to do acceleration runs again and again without the degradation we’ve found in other evs.
the rs e-tron gt will start at $140,945 and will be in showrooms this summer.