We first saw the concept car in 2018, and now the production version of the 2022 Audi e-tron GT looks almost exactly the same
If the Porsche Taycan seems too expensive, don’t worry because Audi now makes a cheaper version. Porsche will sell you an electric four-door from $80,000 and you can keep going to $185,000, before you get adventurous with the options.
The 2022 Audi e-tron GT on the other hand starts from just $99,900… Hang on, what? Yes, I’ve looked again and that seems correct, Audi’s version of the Taycan is more expensive than Porsche’s version of the Taycan. Now all that remains is for Bentley and Lamborghini to do their Taycans and the Taycan range will be complete.
In the meantime, Audi’s Taycan is out there on 20-inch wheels, sitting lower and wider than the Audi A7 within a similar length, but a longer wheelbase and wider track front and rear. So the proportions are spot on, and the very low slung grille is basically the bumper since the designers were also able to drop the bonnet height, and keep aerodynamic drag low – it’s got a Cd of 0.24, just like a Tesla Model S.
If you want you can also have 21-inch wheels and a five-layer carbon fibre roof in the RS e-tron GT, which will start in the US from about $140,000. This flagship serves up 637 horsepower to all four wheels, which means it’ll accelerate from zero to 100km/h in just over three seconds and top out at 250km/h. The non-RS car isn’t a slouch either – the motors combine to deliver 522 horsepower on overboost, which means it’s less than a second slower to 100km/h.
Depending on your budget, Audi’s Taycan also features all-wheel steering so the rear wheels can join in at speeds of up to 50km/h, and a limited slip differential is also optional. Air suspension however is standard, a three-chamber system that varies ride height by 42mm so you can get the stretched wheelbase to clear speed bumps.
With an 800-volt electric architecture, Audi says its Taycan can charge up to 80 percent of the battery in 22-and-a-half minutes, with a full driving range of about 380km according to US EPA test cycles. In Europe, they prefer to use a different testing procedure that yields a range of 480km.
The next EV from Audi is the Q4 e-tron which is coming in 2022, as the company aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent by 2025 before its target of full carbon neutrality by 2050.