First review – The Audi E-Tron GT is a Porsche Taycan, but less wild

What stands out about the Audi E-Tron GT?

For a moment, forget the single-frame grille and the other Audi design details … The proportions of the Audi E-Tron GT, the roofline, the way it stands on its wheels: it is all very reminiscent of the Porsche Taycan. And that is not without reason. Under the skin, the electric sports cars are almost the same.

They have the same permanent synchronous electric motors, the same gearbox with two gears, the same battery (with a net capacity of 83.7 kWh), the same powertrain cooling and the same charging capacity (800 Volt). There will be several versions of the E-Tron GT. The top version driven by us – the RS – can best be compared to the Porsche Taycan Turbo.

But… because the hierarchy within the Volkswagen group is not Audi-Porsche, but Porsche-Audi, the engineers have reversed the Audi RS E-Tron GT. Just a little. Just enough to stay under the Porsche, whose electric motors are already humming 680 hp and 850 Nm on all four wheels. The Audi ‘only’ comes to 646 hp and 830 Nm. You won’t notice that tiny difference along the way.

What’s good about the Audi E-Tron GT?

Every combustion engine has its own character, every electric motor is practically the same, so the Audi RS E-Tron GT has to distinguish itself from the Porsche Taycan in a different way. Audi allowed us to drive a camouflaged pre-production model. And in those short hours we noticed that the RS E-Tron GT is slightly more comfortable than the Taycan. Although the latter is of course also more than suitable as a comfortable travel limousine.

Both the Audi and the Porsche know how to hide their excess weight neatly. Both cars change direction at the speed of Famke Louise, who after a storm of negative publicity suddenly had “a lot of respect” for corona and immediately withdraw her # ikdoenietmeermee-droppings. Perhaps the Audi steers even lighter than the Porsche. His carriage hardly leans in fast corners, the four-wheel steering gives you the feeling that you are on (rollercoaster) rails.

We don’t care that Audi is forced to… excuse me… chose to give the RS E-Tron GT less horsepower and Nm’s. After all, what do you do with more than 600 hp? Especially in an electric car, where every stomp on the accelerator results in uncomfortable, almost nauseating acceleration. In one of those classic Looney Tunes cartoons, a hat stays in the air for a moment when its wearer sprints away. In an RS E-Tron GT driver, these are the guts.

Since we have not been able to try the Audi for a few days, we do not know about its charging speed. So we have to rely on the Porsches Taycan that we have welcomed in the Autowereld garage: a 4S and a Turbo S. Both four-door sports coupés (forward, sedans …) use an 800 Volt system, just like the RS E- Tron GT. With the right fast charger, they are back at 80 percent charge level in no time – within 25 minutes.

With a range of more than 425 kilometers, the Audi does not set a new standard (the Tesla Model S is in theory more than 650 kilometers away). But for the majority of the rides – let’s say 99 percent of them – the range of the fast-charging RS E-Tron GT is obviously fine. Also because the Dutch and European charging infrastructure will only improve in the coming years, and you have to get out after every two hours of driving.

What could be better about the Audi E-Tron GT?

To find out, we have to drive the Audi E-Tron GT for longer than a few hours, but for now it looks excellent for the luxurious and sporty electric sedan. The biggest drawback, of course, is the price. It is not yet known, but will undoubtedly be no less high than that of the Porsche Taycan.

When will the Audi E-Tron GT arrive and what does it cost?

Audi will market the E-Tron GT later this year in two all-wheel drive versions: as E-Tron GT and as RS E-Tron GT. After that, more variants will undoubtedly follow, including one with rear-wheel drive. It is not known what the price will be. The Porsche Taycan Turbo – with which the Audi RS E-Tron GT driven by us can be compared – costs at least 157,900 euros.

What do I think of the Audi E-Tron GT?

Do you like the Audi RS e-Tron GT better? Or the Porsche Taycan? And which of the two cars can you afford? Those two considerations will determine under which purchase or lease contract you sign. The Audi and Porsche feel (and are) almost the same and therefore make just as much impression. The RS e-Tron GT is brilliant. And so is the Taycan. I’m going for the latter. Purely because I like his design better.

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