At the moment, Audi is beginning to roll out several new electric cars. It all started with the e-tron SUV, followed by the e-tron Sportback. However, Audi’s performance division, Audi Sport, will also begin its EV roll-out and it will start with the upcoming e-tron GT.
We’ve already seen the Audi e-tron GT Concept and it’s said that the concept will be very similar to the final production car. It will also kick-off Audi and Audi Sport’s EV naming structure, which will be the same as every other four-ringed car. Standard cars will wear just the e-tron badge, while sportier models will get ‘S’ badges and ultra sporty cars will wear ‘RS’ badges.
The highest-performance ‘RS’ e-tron GT will likely have around 582 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, as that’s what the Concept was claimed to have. Also, it’s probable that it will be sit on at least a rung or two lower than the Porsche Taycan it shares its chassis with. The VW Group has to keep its hierarchy intact after all.
In addition to the e-tron GT, Audi Sport will also be electrifying existing models with plug-in hybrid powertrains. This is something we heard whispers about far before either the Audi RS7 and RS6 Avant were reveled. According to Autocar, though, the first-ever plug-in hybrid Audi Sport model will be the next-gen Audi RS4 Avant.
During Autocar’s recent conversation with Audi exterior design boss Andreas Mindt, there’s also some consideration for a potential ‘RS’ branded e-tron Sportback. “It’s very similar to what you see with the RS Q8. You have to start with the standard car and build it up.” Mindt said. (Autocar has some renders of what an ‘RS’ e-tron Sportback might look like and it looks surprisingly good)
Potentially even more exciting than all of that is what’s going to precede it all — an Audi R8 e-tron. According to this report, an all-electric R8 e-tron will go into production (again) by the end of next year. It will be a limited-run model with a similar powertrain to the original, and hugely unsuccessful, R8 e-tron. That car used a dual-motor powertrain — one electric motor at each axle — along with a 92 kWh battery pack, 456 hp and 679 lb-ft of torque. A new electric Audi R8 would be incredible and we desperately hope this is true.