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Audi Goes Electric

Audi’s RS e-tron GT excels with rapid charging, sporty handling, and 637-horsepower from dual electric motors. Get a closer look — inside and out.

2024 Audi RS e-tron GT

What’s the latest buzz about the 2024 Audi RS e-tron GT?  According to Car & Driver magazineAudi’s top-of-the-line all-electric sedan has many high points and just a few low ones. On the plus side, the sleek and sexy all-electronic car with an MSRP of $107,000 to $148,000 is quick to charge and rides very similarly to a Porsche Taycan. On the low side, the range of miles per charge could be better compared to similar cars in its category. If you’re looking for overly roomy, the interior is snug and feels more like a sports car than the sedan it was intended to be. That being said, the RS e-tron is “exciting to drive and great to look at…”  Car & Driver cleverly sums up Audi’s top-of-the-line electric sedan with “…the 2024 e-tron GT offers mega fun by the megawatt.”

Let’s take a closer look – inside and out.

The Drive

Not one, but two electric motors generate an impressive 637 horsepower. As a result, Audi’s e-beauty makes acceleration a breeze as you easily blast from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. Top speeds?  An impressive 155 miles per hour. In addition, a two-speed rear transmission and an intricate cooling system means power stays continuous and fast.

The RS also touts a smooth ride and stable handling thanks to selectable regenerative braking settings - adjusted using paddles on the steering wheel. Another plus in the performance column is the electric rear spoiler that improves stability by increasing downward force at speed. In addition, the light but sturdy carbon fiber roof adds performance quality by reducing the weight of the car and thus increasing dynamics by lowering the center of gravity.

The Range

Audi describes their RS e-tron as “positively electrifying.” Yes, a pun on wording, but accurately described. The German-engineered car comes with an 83.7-kWh lithium-ion battery that yields an estimated 249 miles of range. If you break down the 249-mile range, according to EPA estimates, the RS performs quite well - 85 MPGe in city and highway driving alike.

Recharging the battery is also impressive - 5 to 80 percent of battery capacity in 22.5 minutes using the standard 270-kW DC fast charger. Another plus – the onboard route planner highlights available charging stations along the way based on your specific trip’s charging needs.

The Technology

Let’s talk safety first. Using steering-wheel-mounted controls and voice-recognition software, you can safely operate the 10.1-inch central touchscreen. Additional high-tech features include adaptive cruise control as well as remote self-parking assist – you can park the car using your smartphone app. Of course, the RS comes standard with forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

As for technological creature comforts, the RS offers quite an array such as wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, and natural voice recognition. In addition, enjoy your favorite tunes played through a powerful 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3-D sound system. Using the myAudi app, remotely program your car from your phone in advance to the temperature and climate that you prefer – no more waiting in the cold to warm up the car!

Inside and Outside

To say that the RS e-tron GT illuminates the auto world is an understatement. The 2024 models come with matrix LED headlights and laser high beams. What does that mean? The low-beam headlights use projectors with a myriad of micro-mirrors to focus the LED beams to extreme precision. In addition, and for a whimsical touch, you can program fun animations to play when you pull up to your home or garage. Standard with the RS is LED interior lighting as well as illuminated doorsill inlays.

The full-leather interior package includes sporty front seats complete with ventilation (heat and cool), massage, and pneumatic side bolsters. If you do not want leather, Audi offers a leather-free package that uses recycled materials. For additional comfort, wrap your hands around the heated and comfortable steering wheel.

The multiple exterior color options range from Ibis White to Tango Red Metallic. The 20" 5-spoke-aero module design wheels complete with black finish come standard. If you prefer, you can opt for the panoramic fixed glass roof for additional natural lighting.

The Warranty

Audi covers the components of its electric vehicles for eight years or 100,000 miles. Additional coverage includes:

Limited warranty - four years or 50,000 miles

Powertrain warranty - eight years or 100,000 miles