audi's freshly revealed rs e-tron gt has style, tech, and loads of power. from what we've seen of it so far, it looks like one hell of a solid luxury ev package. unsurprising, since it's based on the impressive porsche taycan. and just like its sibling, the audi is one hell of a highway rocket.
this video, from youtube's automann-tv, shows the rs e-tron gt doing multiple speed runs on the german autobahn and looking right at home while doing so. the car tested is on winter tires and starts off with 95 percent charge. the tester keeps the e-tron in dynamic mode for all runs.
in the first clip, the rs e-tron gt muscles its way down the autobahn to an indicated 256 km/h, or 159 mph. on its way there, it manages zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and zero to 124 mph in 10.5 seconds. during a midrange power test, it does 62 to 124 mph in 7.1 seconds. all impressive feats of acceleration, especially for a 5139-pound machine.
like most electric cars, the e-tron remains almost completely silent under hard acceleration. there's just a mild amount of jetsonian electric whirring sounds and a hint of wind noise.
the rs e-tron gt is the high-performance version of audi's new electric grand tourer. it has a 235-hp electric motor in the front and a 450-hp motor in the rear. combined, it's capable of a constant 590 hp, or 637 hp when using launch control, pretty substantial increases over the base model's 523 hp. audi estimates the rs can travel 232 miles on a full charge, but i'd imagine that would require slightly calmer driving than what's shown in the video above.