Official: Audi RS e-tron GT Will Have 640 HP

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Audi has confirmed the performance specifications for the RS e-tron GT.

Last month, Audi confirmed the electric e-tron GT will spawn a high-performance RS variant. Performance details were kept under wraps at the time, but now Audi has confirmed the RS e-tron GT will be the firm's most powerful production car yet.

A dual electric motor setup will produce up to 640 horsepower - that's 29 more hp than the combustion-powered Audi R8 Performance. This setup will enable the RS e-tron GT to accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. Top speed will be limited to 155 mph. However, this peak output will only be available when an overboost mode is activated in scenarios such as launch control starts. In normal driving conditions, the front motor produces 235 hp, while the larger rear motor generates 449 hp.

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Combined, this setup generates an output of 590 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system. As expected, the RS e-tron GT will share the same J1 platform and 83.7kWh battery as the Porsche Taycan. The location of the battery gives the RS e-tron GT a lower center of gravity than the R8. Range details haven't been confirmed, but Audi is expecting the battery to provide a WLTP-rated range of around 249 miles. When using a 350-kW fast charger, the battery can be charged up to 80 percent in just 22.5 minutes.

The RS e-tron GT rides on three-chamber air springs and adaptive dampers, allowing for an adjustable ride height depending on the selected drive mode. In efficiency mode, for example, the ride height is reduced by 0.8-0.9 inches to increase the driving range.

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When it goes on sale next year, the RS e-tron GT will be available with 19-, 20-, and 21-inch wheels. The 20-inch wheels will be the most aerodynamically efficient. A four-wheel steering system will also turn the rear wheels up to three degrees. At low speeds, it can turn the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels or in the same direction at higher speeds to improve stability. Providing the stopping power will be three types of brakes: steel disc brakes, carbon-fiber ceramic discs with 10-piston front calipers, or surface-coated steel discs.

Audi isn't ready to remove the camouflage yet, but the design looks remarkably similar to the original e-tron GT concept. We'll get to see the final design when the production Audi RS e-tron GT debuts early next year.

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