High-Performance Audi e-tron RS Is Coming

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The Audi R8 e-tron could also make a comeback.

Audi presented the e-tron GT Concept at the 2018 LA Auto Show previewing a stylish four-door sports car that will rival the Tesla Model S. Two electric motors combined to produce 590 horsepower, while a 96-kWh battery providing a driving range of 250 miles. With this setup, the e-tron Concept could rocket from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds. It even became Tony Stark's car of choice in 'Avengers: Endgame'.

This year, Audi is expected to reveal the production version of the e-tron GT. And according to a new report by Autocar, this will be the first fully electric model to get the RS treatment by Audi Sport.

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Like many of Audi's combustion models such as the A6, S6 and RS6, the e-tron GT will be offered in regular, S and high-performance RS trims. It's also likely to be joined by an RS version of the Audi e-tron Sportback revealed last year, along with several plug-in hybrid RS models. Autocar also claims Audi will revive the R8 e-tron, which was never launched in the US and discontinued in 2016 due to poor sales.

The production e-tron GT, which is expected to debut at the 2020 LA Auto Show, will share the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, so the range-topping RS model could potentially have more than 600 horsepower on tap.

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It's unclear, however, if it will match the Taycan's specifications, which is available with 523 hp, 670 hp, and 751 hp, but the standard e-tron GT will likely have less power to make it cheaper than the base Taycan 4S. Both cars will use the same 800V electrical architecture, however, and weigh around the same.

According to Autocar, the standard and S versions of the e-tron GT will be available at launch, while the range-topping RS version will arrive at a later date. Now that the performance division has spiced up many of Audi's SUVs with high-performance variants such as the RS Q8, focusing on electrification is a logical next step.

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