Audi RS E-tron GT 2021 review – Deets on Audi’s Taycan Twin

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The 2021 Audi E-Tron GT and Audi RS E-Tron GT are expected to roll out in the middle of next year, and we expect details to dribble out between now and then, starting with a tech talk Audi held this week that divulged a few new tidbits. The brief virtual first look event focused primarily on the hotter RS variant, which it claims will be “the strongest car Audi has ever built.” Expect this model to align more closely with the Porsche Taycan Turbo, while the base E-Tron GT more closely matches the base Taycan. Here’s what we know so far on how Audi and Porsche will differentiate their variants of the VW Group’s J1 Performance electric architecture. Let’s review Audi RS E-tron GT 2021 with Bestechz!

Design of Audi RS E-tron GT 2021 

Audi RS E-tron GT 2021 review - Deets on Audi’s Taycan Twin
Audi RS E-tron GT 2021 review – Deets on Audi’s Taycan Twin

The absence of an engine up front and exhaust pipes at the rear of the e-tron GT has allowed for a very low bonnet and an advanced aerodynamic diffuser at the back. Audi’s designers worked to give the car a sporty silhouette, with large wheels, a wide track and a long wheelbase. The shape is also very aerodynamic, which pays dividends when it comes to range.

At the front, LED headlights are standard and Matrix LED headlights are optional on the e-tron GT quattro. Matrix lights are standard on the RS e-tron GT; the headlights can be further upgraded to Matrix LED laser lights on both models as an extra – which Audi claims doubles the range of the high beams.

Wheel sizes from 19 to 21 inches are being offered for the e-tron GT, with the 20 and 21-inch designs incorporating ‘aero blades’ that contribute further to the car’s slippery aerodynamic profile. Buyers will have a choice of nine colours, including a new Audi shade called ‘Tactical Green’.

At the front, LED headlights are standard and Matrix LED headlights are optional on the e-tron GT quattro. Matrix lights are standard on the RS e-tron GT; the headlights can be further upgraded to Matrix LED laser lights on both models as an extra – which Audi claims doubles the range of the high beams.

Wheel sizes from 19 to 21 inches are being offered for the e-tron GT, with the 20 and 21-inch designs incorporating ‘aero blades’ that contribute further to the car’s slippery aerodynamic profile. Buyers will have a choice of nine colours, including a new Audi shade called ‘Tactical Green’.

New Audi e-tron GT interior and infotainment

Audi RS E-tron GT 2021 review - Deets on Audi’s Taycan Twin
Audi RS E-tron GT 2021 review – Deets on Audi’s Taycan Twin

The Audi e-tron GT’s interior doesn’t look quite as futuristic as its exterior. Sure, it comes with all sorts of posh materials and mood lighting, but a few bits look like they’ve been carried over from other Audi models, such as the flat-bottomed steering wheel and A6 infotainment system.

The heating controls are new, though. Instead of another touchscreen (which can be a bit fiddly to use when you’re driving) you get a row of ordinary buttons. And, you also get some eight-way electrically adjustable sports seats that are exclusive to the e-tron GT.

You can pay extra to upgrade to 18-way adjustment if you fancy, or ditch the leather trim completely and go for a vegan-friendly blend of faux leather, man-made wool and trim made from recycled plastic bottles.

Exterior design and dimensions

Audi has attempted to retain as much as possible from the first E-tron GT concept of 2018. To that end, the four-door electric flagship has a nearly identical stance and proportions, with a heavily sloping roofline, wide track, broad shoulder line and low bonnet.

At 4.99m long, 1.96m wide and only 1.41m tall, the E-tron GT is just under 3cm longer and taller than the Porsche Taycan, with which it shares its architecture, and virtually identical in width. The roof is 17mm lower than that of an A7 Sportback – a key target for designers to ensure a more athletic look. Despite the presence of a large underfloor battery, rear passengers are said to have “generous head room” thanks to a recess in the battery pack that allows them to slide their feet low into what’s dubbed a “foot garage”.

A new interpretation of Audi’s single-frame grille makes its debut on the E-tron GT. A honeycomb-pattern grille is painted in the body colour – an Audi first – with a black ‘mask’ surround, although it can also be specified in grey or black with matching side trims and rear diffuser, depending on colour choice. Rather than cooling, the grille’s main purpose is to hide a number of sensors used by the car’s assist systems.

 

Audi RS E-tron GT 2021 review - Deets on Audi’s Taycan Twin

Great focus has also been put on the aerodynamics of the E-tron GT, which has a claimed 0.24Cd. Active aerodynamic elements include controllable cooling inlets in the grille and a rear spoiler that extends to one of two positions, depending on the driving scenario.

Further details include LED headlights in three guises: standard with dynamic indicators; matrix LED headlights; and matrix LEDs in combination with the Audi Laser Lights system. All lights offer front and rear LED animations for the ‘coming and leaving home’ function. Wheel sizes range from 19in to 21in.