3.3 seconds – that's all the time the new Audi RS E-Tron GT needs to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill. It's 0.6s quicker than the gone-but-not-forgotten R8 E-Tron, which was a full-blown electric supercar whereas Ingolstadt's new EV seats four people and offers more than decent practicality. As a matter of fact, the silent performer with the Four Rings is actually quicker in real life than advertised.
With the embargo on first drives lifted this week, YouTuber Automann-TV uploaded a video with the flagship RS version taken to the maximum on an unrestricted section of Germany's glorious Autobahn. Even though the RS E-Tron GT had winter tires negatively impacting performance, the car still managed to complete the sprint in a mind-boggling 3.2 seconds.
Gallery: 2022 Audi RS E-Tron GT
It effortlessly completed the 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) task in just 10.5 seconds and continued its high-speed run until the digital speedometer's needle climbed to 159 mph (256 km/h). The car was actually doing 155 mph (250 km/h) at that point because the electronic top speed limiter is programmed to kick in at that velocity, but modern speedometers typically show a slightly higher number.
For a sedan that weighs 2,420 kilograms (5,335 pounds) in European specification, the Audi RS E-Tron GT is impressively quick. The driver was also curious to find out how it fares in an acceleration test from 62 mph to 124 mph (100 to 200 km/h), which is actually more relevant for Autobahn driving when you want to overtake someone or switch lanes. It completed the job in about seven seconds.
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With wider summer tires more suitable to channel the immense torque to the road, those times should drop a bit. While it's no Porsche Taycan Turbo S or Tesla Model S Plaid, the RS E-Tron GT is a solid first attempt from Audi as far as providing a mélange of performance and practicality without a combustion engine. More of that practicality could be planned as there are reports there will be a wagon to mirror the Taycan Cross Turismo debuting tomorrow.
Update: A new video from Carwow shows the RS E-Tron GT doing three consecutive 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) runs in three seconds flat.
Sources: Automann-TV / YouTube, carwow / YouTube