Audi South Africa has confirmed it will introduce three e-tron model lines to its local vehicle portfolio. “[We are] fully embracing the global drive towards premium sustainable mobility and look forward to progressing this topic locally in an effort to reshape the way South Africans view electric vehicles,” Audi SA says.
As part of this commitment, the local arm of the Ingolstadt brand is set to soon introduce a “fully-fledged” e-tron range to the South African market (although local pricing has yet to be announced, Audi SA has already listed the e-tron SUV and the e-tron GT siblings to its website).
The opening gambit to Audi’s local EV line-up, the e-tron SUV – the German marque’s first emissions-free vehicle – will be available in 50 and 55 guise. Both variants employ a twin electric motor arrangement, linked to a 71,2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack in the 50 and 95 kWh battery in the 55. The 50, Audi claims, has an electric range of up to 341 km. The 55, meanwhile, can travel up to 440 km on a single charge. In terms of power and torque output, the 50 is endowed with 230 kW and 540 N.m for a claimed zero to 100 km/h acceleration time of 6,8 seconds and top speed of 190 km/h. The 55’s peak electrical output of 265 kW and 561 N.m are sufficient, Audi says, for a zero to 100 km/h acceleration time of two-tenths of a second less than the 50 and a top speed of 200 km/h.
The next model in the line-up is the e-tron Sportback. Available in 55 and S guises, the e-tron SUV’s coupé sibling offers a more dynamic driving experience. The Sportback 55 features a similar electrical arrangement and outputs to that of the 55-badged SUV, though offers a claimed electric range of up to 453 km. The S model boasts 320 kW and 808 N.m of torque which, when activating boost functionality, increases to 370 kW and 973 N.m. Audi claims an electrical range of up to 378 km, a top speed of 210 km/h and a zero to 100 km/h time of 5,1 seconds for the S.
The e-tron GT siblings are the third and final derivatives scheduled for our shores. Powered by a 93,4 kWh battery, producing 350 kW and 630 N.m (390 kW and 640 N.m on overboost), the e-tron GT quattro has a claimed electric range of up to 452 km. The e-tron GT quattro, Audi says, can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4,5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 245 km/h. Spearheading the local e-tron range, the RS e-tron GT’s 93,4 kWh battery pack directs 440 kW (475 kW on overboost) and 830 N.m to all four wheels through a two-speed automatic transmission. Audi claims the RS-badged GT completes the zero to 100 km/h sprint in 3,3 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 250 km/h. Claimed electric range for the RS e-tron GT is up to 472 km.