In the same week as Audi’s local arm confirmed that the Q4 e-tron, its smallest electric car yet, would be coming to New Zealand, it’s also confirmed pricing for its flagship e-tron GT.
The svelte Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan rival will start from $195,400 for the e-tron Quattro. A total of three models will be offered here; the aforementioned base grade complemented by the e-tronGT Quattro and flagship RS e-tron GT.
The foundation Quattro model produces 390kW/640Nm at peak boost, can zoom to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds, and will be capable of 487km of travel per charge according to WLTP figures.
Next up the totem, the GT Quattro, adds 10Nm of extra torque and trims a tenth off the acceleration time to 100km/h, among other different features. This model is identical to the Porsche Taycan 4S on a performance basis.
At the top end of town, and likely to cause the greatest stir, the RS. It’s priced from $273,500 and packs 475kW/830Nm. The 100km/h indication will come up on the dash after just 3.3 seconds of wide-open throttle, and range is rated at 472km.
The RS isn’t just about Audi turning up the wick on its dual-engine powertrain, either. It also gets a more advanced electronic rear differential and four-wheel steering (the Quattro models settle for an open rear diff). It gets bigger boots, too; 21-inch wheels coming wrapped with 265/35 front tyres and 305/43 rear tyres.
The RS compares curiously with Porsche’s Taycan Turbo. It’s a little cheaper than the $289,900 Porsche, but is also a touch less powerful (the Taycan rated at 500kW/850Nm) and a tenth slower to 100km/h.
New Zealand is one of the world’s leading markets for S and RS Audi sales, and, according to Audi New Zealand general manager Dean Sheed, local interest in the new e-tron GT line has been more than encouraging.
Audi dealerships all over the country are geared up for the onslaught of new EVs. Following renovations nationwide, all dealerships now feature a 50kW DC charger as a minimum. Selected dealerships have a more powerful 175kW DC fast charger — ideal for the GT, which is compatible with chargers up to 350kW.