The headline figures for the e-tron GT are 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds, while the RS model hits the same speed from a standstill in 3.3 seconds. Voth top out at an electronically limited top speed north of 150 mph. The key to these figures is a powertrain comprising two electric motors working together, one at the front and one at the rear, creating a total of 469 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. However, an available overboost function unlocks the e-tron GT’s full potential for 2.5-second bursts – 523 hp and 472 lb-ft. The RS model produces 590 hp and 612 lb-ft, but its own overboost function sends these peak figures to 637 hp, while torque remains unchanged.
The electric motors double up in purpose though, not only creating forward propulsion but also braking the e-tron GT, creating up to around 0.3 g of braking force before the hydraulic brakes kick in. According to Audi, this covers most everyday driving situations; by using the electric motors for braking, the system can recuperate up to 265 kW of energy to go back into the battery system.