Audi has set its electrification plans for South Africa in motion by announcing a line-up of six e-tron models confirmed from early next year.
Previewing the brand’s recently taken decision to become an all-electric only vehicle manufacturer by 2026, the models in question will include the e-tron 50 and 55 SUVs, the coupe-styled e-tron Sportback 55 and Sportback S, and the e-tron GT as well as the RS e-tron GT.
Shown for the first time on local soil at the Kyalami Festival of Motoring two years ago, the crossover styled e-tron is likely to arrive first with outputs of 230kW/540Nm in the entry-level 50 quattro and 300kW/664Nm in the 55 quattro that employs a 95-kWh battery instead of the former’s 71.4-kWh pack.
Performance-wise, the 55 will get from 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and offer a range of 341 km, while the 55 dispatches the benchmark sprint in 6.6 seconds with its claimed range being 436 km. Respective top speeds are 190 km/h and 200 km/h.
Compared to the 55, which has a range of 446 km and will do 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, the S can travel 368 km between trips to the plug with 0-100 km/h over in 4.5 seconds. Like the e-tron 55, the Sportback 55 has a top speed of 200 km/h with the e-tron S upping the ante to 210 km/h.
Unveiled in February this year, the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT, the latter being the first all-electric RS model, serves as Ingolstadt’s interpretation of the Porsche Taycan with the 93.4-kWh battery in both producing of 350kW/630Nm in the former and 440kW/830Nm in the latter.
Both feature an overboost function though that lifts output and torque to 390kW/640Nm in the GT and to 475 kW in the RS, whose torque remains unchanged.
Top-speed wise, the GT is limited to 245 km/h and the RS to 250 km/h with the latter accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, an uptake of eight tenths of a second over the GT. Claimed range is 488 km for the GT and 472 km for the RS.
More details, including final pricing and spec, will be announced next year or possibly towards the end of 2021. Details can however be found on audi.co.za.