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Audi RS e-tron Plays Pretend Prototype

Have you ever wished you could get the crazy camo livery you see on prototype vehicles? Sure, you could always do an aftermarket wrap, but what if the factory offered such an option?

Audi has decided to do just that with a new limited-edition run of its e-Tron GT. This is specifically offered on the RS e-tron GT, and it’s an America-only special.

What Is the 2023 Audi RS e-tron GT project_513/2?

The full name of this model is the “Audi RS e-tron GT project_513/2,” which, quite frankly, is nuts. However, there is a method to the madness, and that would be that this is Audi’s internal code name for the vehicle derived during initial development. Per Audi, the numbers relate to the product segment, generation, and body style.

So, it’s cool in an über-nerd sort of way to be named as such — and a bit silly at the same time.

What’s not silly is its aggressive styling. Usually, it’s the Lamborghini side of the family that gets to play the wild person on the street. With this e-tron, you get basically the same style worn by the prototype and initial marketing versions of the car. This is Audi’s first use of red rings, which are located front and rear. The project_513/2 nomenclature is etched into the rear quarter glass, as well.

On the inside, Audi keeps the red-and-black theme running. The air vents are painted to match the rings. You have carbon-fiber camo inlays created by what sounds like an incredibly intensive process. These graphics are laid down by hand, then masked with a foil, before glass is applied over, and it’s all suction jetted together. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds serious.

There are also more project_513/2 logos found in the cabin as well.

Beyond that, Audi has tossed a ton of items at this, so you don’t need to check options boxes. The Nappa leather seating with honeycomb stitching is standard. As is 18-way adjustability with ventilation and massage for the front seats. Outside, this e-tron gets standard rear-wheel steering, 21-inch blacked-out wheels, a carbon-fiber roof, and carbon fiber on the mirror caps and door inlays. Oh, and peep those Audi matrix laser lights, which are finally legal for use in the U.S. as of last year.

How Fast Is the Audi RS e-tron GT project_513/2?

As for the performance stats on this thing, it’s in line with the standard RS e-tron GT. You have a motor up front and out back, and peak combined horsepower is 637. This wonderful sedan will rip from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.

How Much Is the Audi RS e-tron GT project_513/2?

The 2023 Audi RS e-tron GT project_513/2 goes on sale this spring. Audi is only offering up 75 examples, and each one starts at a very eye-watering $181,990. That’s the $179,900 manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), $1,495 for destination and delivery charges, and another $595 for the metallic paint, which at that point, maybe just throw that in.

There is an easier way to get this look, though, if you already have an e-tron GT. Audi sells a car cover with this livery already on it, and it’s — only — $785. So, if you’re inclined, you have a project_513/2-looking car in your garage for a bit less. Or, you can drop almost $200K for a 1-of-a-75-kind electric sedan that looks like a prototype and drives wonderfully.

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