Audi’s EV sports car accelerates faster than any other stock car thanks to AWD, 646hp, and 830Nm of instant torque.
The Audi RS e-tron GT, the brand’s flagship electric vehicle, has been named not only the fastest EV, but also the fastest production car in India. The RS e-tron GT, driven by Autocar India Road Test Editor Saumil Shah, set a quarter-mile time of 11.110 seconds at the recent Drag Star Night Race hosted by Elite Octane Inc at Mumbai’s Pawan Hans airstrip – the fastest time ever recorded by an unmodified car in India. Furthermore, the four-door EV was the event’s third fastest car, trailing only two modified Nissan GT-Rs with times of 10.848sec and 10.539sec.
With No Modifications, The Audi RS e-tron GT Sets a New Quarter-Mile Time
The RS e-tron GT’s achievement stands out even more because a recorded time in the low 11sec range has previously been the domain of only heavily modified cars in India. This completely stock vehicle arrived at the event with a battery gauge reading of about 35%, standard-issue road tyres, and no other modifications. It also had a 2.3-tonne kerb weight, which was far more than any other ICE vehicle in the competition.
So, how did it pull it off? In ‘boost mode,’ the performance was certainly there, with a maximum of 646hp and an instantly available reserve of 830Nm. With sharp reaction times and the car’s incredibly quick-acting e-AWD system, it was able to hook up and bolt off the line even on the less-than-ideal surface of the runway, establishing a sizeable lead early in all of its runs. It reached a top speed of 201.86 kph when crossing the finish line.
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The Quarter-Mile Performance of The Audi RS e-tron GT was Repeated at BIC
The RS e-tron GT competed in another quarter-mile drag racing event, the Northern Motorsport drag races, at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, shortly after the Mumbai event. The electric Audi was able to blitz a quarter mile down the start-finish straight in a very similar time of 11.173sec, and was the second-quickest car at the event, the quickest stock vehicle, and, of course, the quickest EV, piloted by Evo India magazine editor Sirish Chandran.