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What should I be paying?

Here’s the bit where we hit you with the prices. The quattro starts from £79,900 up to £106,00 for the spec-splurge Vorsprung version. The RS costs from £110,950 rising to £124,540 for the Carbon Black version, and £133,340 for the Carbon Vorsprung. Not cheap, lucky then that you’ll be able to bask in the reflected glow of cheaper fuel costs than a petrol-powered RS model, tax breaks and congestion charge exemption – if you happen to live in and around the capital.

Resist your urges to boot it at every opportunity, and Audi claims a WLTP range of 303 miles for the quattro and 293 miles for the RS – the former a couple of miles more than the RWD-only entry-level Taycan, and the latter a 12 mile improvement on the equivalently-powered Taycan Turbo. Like the Taycan, an 800V architecture means DC charging at up to 270kW is possible, if you can find a point capable of it. At peak speeds in optimum conditions that means 62 miles of range in just five minutes, or 0-80 per cent in less than 23 mins.

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Then we get to the design. Get ready to attract attention wherever you go (especially if you click Tactical Green on the configurator… only for the brave) because this is a damn good looking car. Wheels range from 20- to 21-inch, the larger rims with proper aero blades, matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light are standard on the RS, doubling your high-beam range over the standard LED Matrix units.

Note the grille – less cooling requirements means no need for Audi’s usual gaping single frame number, hence the block of body-coloured trim under the badge. The sinewy creases above the arches are a personal highlight, so too the full-width rear light bar (just below the two-stage pop-up rear spoiler) that’ll do a merry dance everytime you lock and unlock the car. Carbon wing mirrors and a full carbon roof are available as individual options, or as part of the Carbon Black and Carbon Vorsprung packs on the RS.

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