The cousin of the Porsche Taycan displays a sculptural style. Compared to the latter, it sacrifices a few performance points for the benefit of autonomy and comfort.
After many years of trickling down information, Audi is finally lifting the veil on its fully electric sedan. Group policy requires, the new e-tron GT is based on the same chassis as the Porsche Taycan launched last year. It uses the same basic technology as the latter, but with some adjustments made by Audi engineers in terms of development and priorities of the brand.
Style side in any case, it will certainly not be ashamed of the comparison with its cousin from Porsche. Whether in a “basic” variant (e-tron GT) or in an ultra-sporty version (RS e-tron GT), it displays curves as muscular as those of the concept car unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles show. slim musculature which does not prevent it from showing a lot of finesse: next to this ultra-sporty looking car, an A7 Sportback would pass for a sedan all that is most banal.
On the left, the “nice” e-tron GT, on the right the wicked RS e-tron GT
One battery and two power levels
Unlike Porsche, Audi currently only offers one battery capacity: 93 kWh gross, or 85 kWh net according to the official press release. Recall that the Porsche Taycan announces 93.4 kWh of gross capacity and 83.7 kWh net with the large battery. As it is most likely the same battery on both cars, these advertised slight differences are a bit surprising. And the engine range is intended to be simpler than that of the Porsche: while the latter offers between 326 hp (with a single rear engine) and 761 hp in the Turbo S version (in overboost mode only), the all-wheel drive Audi leaves the choice between 476 hp for 630 Nm of torque (e-tron GT) or 598 hp and 830 Nm of torque (RS e-tron GT).
Note that, as with Porsche, this maximum power climbs respectively to 530 and 646 hp using the launch control mode (for only 2.5 seconds). The top-of-the-range RS e-tron GT is therefore slightly below a Porsche Taycan Turbo in terms of power and performance. The latter indeed claims 680 hp (launch control only) and a 0 to 100 km / h in 3.2 seconds. The RS e-tron GT does the same exercise in 3.3 seconds, while an ultra-high-end Taycan Turbo S drops the mark to 2.8 seconds. The Audi e-tron GT “basic”, it takes 4.1 seconds for 0 to 100. But at this level, the Audi and the Porsche remain far from the staggering acceleration announced a few days ago for the new Tesla Model S Plaid + (0 to 100 km / h in 2.1 seconds and 1,100 horsepower under the hood!).
Better autonomy and more comfort?
An interesting counterpart to these technical adjustments compared to the Taycan, the Audi e-Tron has better maximum autonomy than the latter: 488 km (WLTP data) for the e-tron GT and 472 km for the more powerful RS e-tron GT. What beat the Taycan, only capable of traveling 463 km in 4S version with the large batteries. But here too, we are far from the impressive promises of Tesla on the new version of the Model S (more than 800 kilometers!). Like the Porsche, this handsome 2.3-ton baby would benefit from cutting-edge dynamic behavior, especially on the RS version with a sportier rear differential as standard (rear steering wheels and optional ceramic carbon brakes remain in the game). But the engineers of the brand with the rings explain having sought a compromise more oriented towards comfort than their counterparts in Zuffenhausen.. It will also be interesting to see if the Audi proves more spacious than the Taycan, not as welcoming as a Panamera (and firmer in damping). We already know that the trunk is larger, with 405 liters at the rear against 366 in the Taycan (in addition to the front trunk of 81 liters). Inside in any case, regulars of the Audi universe will not be disoriented with a beautiful dashboard with two large screens (but a lower part of the central console equipped with physical controls).
€ 101,500 and € 140,700
Based on an 800-volt electrical architecture, the Audi has the same recharging capacities as the Porsche: a possibility of increasing up to 270 kW of charging power in Ionity-type fast terminals, of recovering 100 km of autonomy in 5 minutes and theoretically go from 5 to 80% charge in 23 minutes. At 101,500 €, the e-tron GT costs more than a basic Porsche Taycan (86,254 €), but with 150 horsepower and an additional engine. At 140,700 €, the RS e-tron GT is also much more affordable than the extreme versions of the Taycan (which can raise the bill up to 189,934 €). Here again, there remains the thorny comparison with the Tesla Model S Plaid +: the latter only asks for € 139,990 for much greater power, performance and maximum autonomy.