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2021 Audi E-Tron GT Quattro and RS E-Tron GT make production-ready debut

Audi is betting that customers will prefer the gorgeous design, luxurious appointment and Audi Sport tuning to the Tesla Model S' superior range.

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This is Audi's new electric-performance flagship, the 2021 RS E-Tron GT.

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The RS model debuts alongside the standard E-Tron GT Quattro, both beginning production in Spring 2021.

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The electric sport sedan doesn't look much different from the concept car we saw at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018.

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Two motors power the electric Quattro system with up to 590 horsepower between them for the RS model.

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The E-Tron GT features active aerodynamics hidden in the front end that contribute to its slippery 0.24 drag coefficient -- on par with Tesla's Model S.

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RS models also feature a standard air suspension that can adjust its height to balance performance, comfort and aero-efficiency as needed.

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With its 85 kWh of usable battery, Audi estimates that the E-Tron GT will cruise for about 298 miles on Europe's WLPT test cycle. Expect that number to drop when put through the more stringent US EPA cycle.

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With the Tesla Model S boasting up to 390 EPA-estimated miles per charge, the E-Tron GT will be facing an uphill battle when it arrives later this year.

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The automaker is betting that customers will prefer its more luxurious appointment, Audi Sport-tuned performance and ultra-high-speed charging to the Tesla's range.

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For more information about the 2021 Audi E-Tron GT quattro and the RS E-Tron GT, check out our First Look. You're also welcome to keep scrolling for even more photos.

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