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2022 Audi E-Tron GT And RS E-Tron GT Debut As High-End Mach-E Competitors

The Ford Mustang Mach-E already has a few direct competitors in the electric crossover space, including the Audi e-tron, Tesla Model Y, and Jaguar I-Pace, to name a few. But automakers continue to roll out new electric vehicles on a regular basis, and that space now includes the brand new 2022 Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT, which the German automaker just revealed.

These two stylish all-electric sedans are certainly not direct competitors to the Mach-E, but some folks looking to make the switch to an EV will likely compare the two. Much like the Mach-E, the e-tron family takes a more conventional approach to the electric transition, featuring interiors with plenty of buttons and switches and more conventional automotive exterior designs when compared to the more radical vehicles from Tesla.

The main difference here is price – while the Mustang Mach-E starts out at $42,895 (before a $7,500 tax credit), the Audi e-tron GT features a base price of $99,900, while the RS e-tron GT will set buyers back at least $139,900. But for that extra cash, buyers are getting a supremely luxurious and beautifully styled vehicle with impressive performance.

Both the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT get two electric motors, all-wheel-drive, and a 93-kilowatt battery pack. In the regular model, output comes in at 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, which propels the car from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. Meanwhile, the RS produces 637 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque, good enough for a 0-60 blast of just 3.1 seconds.

EPA estimates aren’t yet in for either car, but Audi belives the standard e-tron GT will get 238 miles of range, while the RS will cover a slightly less 232 miles. These are obviously low numbers, but as we’ve seen from the Porsche Taycan, the real-world range will likely be much higher.

As legacy automakers create more and more conventionally-designed EVs, consumer adoption figures to increase. But it will certainly be interesting to see which models they ultimately prefer.

We’ll have more on all of Ford’s competition soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Jorge Esquinca

    Wrong title. Both Audis are not Mustang Mach-e competitors and they don´t pretend to be. Both Audis are sedans. The Mach-e is a boring cookie cutter SUV with Mustang grille, tail lights, badges and pretensions. Both Audis are much more expensive. They are not directed to the same public. Both Audis pretend to compete with cars like the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan and the upcomming Lucid Air. If Ford really wants to compete with both Audis it needs to built a real EV 4 door Mustang sports sedan.

  2. Mark L Bedel

    Mmmm, nicely styled sedans…who would purchase those? 🙂

    1. Jorge Esquinca

      Whoever don´t like SUV´s and crossovers and has the money to pay for them. Actually their price differs not very much from the prices of the Tesla Model S or the Porsche Taycan. And you see a lot of those 2 cars in Europe.

  3. NateO

    You are right there is no direct competition, two totally different animals. Also unlike the Mach-E these Audi are marketing to a very small group of people, those who can afford pleasure vehicles over $100k. The Ford is designed to be affordable enough, practical enough, and sporty enough to appeal to a broad range of buyers and sell enough to offset lower MPG vehicles and meet the MPG standard without having to buy credits.

  4. Ace Spades

    I wonder if these will be as lousy in cold weather as the TESLAs. My 100% pure ICE Panamera Turbo S has beaten every TESLA that thought it felt lucky at a stop light…and I only drive her in the winter months.

    China will profit on all electric car sales. China has a monopoly on rare earth metals needed to make electric motors and now China has used the Made-In-Wuhan virus pandemic to secure a supply of Lithium from Chile in exchange for vaccines. Chile was hit particularly hard by the pandemic, how convenient for China.

    We can run cars on alcohol…and that’s sun power in the form of fermented plants. Plus, we barely touched our most abundant fossil fuel reserves….methane hydrates.

    We do not need electric cars.

    SINTEF from Norway did a multi-year, multi-million Euro study on long term health effects from BEVs. SINTEF concluded that BEVs are safe as long as long term health effects are neglected. WTF? That’s right….the study that was supposed to examine long term health effects from electric motors had to neglect the very thing it was supposed to study! Oh yeah, SINTEF also stated electric motors are safe (as long as long term health effects are ignored), but just in case these should be positioned as far away from the vehicle occupants as possible.

    CANCER, aint it a bich!
    TESLA, what a bichin ride!!!

    By the way, last year was the hottest year on record…..and it was also a year with the lowest concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere in decades….due to the pandemic.

    The earth experiences a mini ice age about every 1100 years. This is due to the sun’s cyclic activity. We are now exactly half way between these mini ice ages, so we should be the hottest since the sun is more active. It has nothing to do with CO2.

    1. B

      Can you link that study? I just googled and couldn’t find it

  5. Lee Glidewell

    ‘Ford Authority’, y’all should change the name to ‘Everything else Authority’. The FoMoCo fans subscribed to’Ford Authority’ don’t give two shakes of a rats rear end about Government Motors, electric vehicles or import anything.


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