The 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT Is Not Messing Around
Dec 27, 2021 · 3 min read
The 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT is a bit of a mouthful to say. The RS stands for racing sport, the “e-tron” is a somewhat oblique reference to its status as an electric vehicle (some have pointed out that the word is unfortunately similar in sound to the French word for “excrement,”) and the GT stands for grand touring.
Breaking down the separate portions of the car’s name can be irritating, but the way it drives is anything but. Read on to learn more about the beauty that is the 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT.
Is this Audi the new Model S?
At first glance, the 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT could be mistaken for a Tesla Model S. Both are all long, elegant lines that curve down sharply in the back, as though the designers were too eager to get these speedy cars on the road to keep drawing. Almond-shaped headlights fade back into each model’s fender, the shape perhaps inspired by sharp acceleration, and Porsche-y bumpers invite reckless abandonment of the brakes.
The Model S is now no longer the new kid on the block, and this offering from Audi is one of the latest in a series of escalating EV dares.
Speed and acceleration
Car and Driver recently took the 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT for a spin, and came away swooning. The testers were mesmerized by the 2.9 seconds it took to get from 0-60, as well as the smooth ride. They called the surprisingly loud noise from the RS a con, but other reviewers saw it as a pro—perhaps the whirring noise of an EV just can’t quite match the sexy revving of a gas engine.
As for range, testers got 240 miles out of the RS, which doesn’t quite measure up to leading EVs’ range capabilities, which are closer to the high 300s. More intriguing was the display, which testers liked for its accessibility and more tactile experience than the more typical screen-only infotainment and climate system. And let’s not forget the tires and brakes that help bring this speedster to a stop: testers starting at 70 miles per hour saw a 157-foot stop, which they deemed pretty good.
All in the family
The Audi RS e-tron GT sports all-wheel drive and 637 hp, which helps explain the insane acceleration it delivers. And it comes with an impressive sibling: the Porsche Taycan, delivered by both labels’ parent company Volkswagen, looks and feels a lot like the RS e-tron GT.
Car and Driver notes that these two models share a wheelbase and track, plus their electrical elements and steering design. The Taycan is a fan favorite, and it looks like the Audi RS e-tron GT is on its way to joining it on the podium.
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