Since the launch of the Audi RS e-tron GT, it’s been in the shadow of its sibling from Porsche — the Taycan. As good as the e-tron GT is, the Porsche Taycan has always been considered a bit better. And while we’re not saying that the e-tron GT is better than the Taycan, according to CNET’s Roadshow the Audi version is “almost perfect”.
Just as a refresher, the Audi RS e-tron GT is not only its first all-electric sedan, it’s Audi’s first all-electric sports car, and the most powerful car in Audi’s history. It’s based on the same J1 architecture as the aforementioned Taycan and uses the same powertrain as well; two electric motors and a two-speed transmission for the rear one.
Under normal circumstances, the Audi RS e-tron GT makes 590 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. However, for 2.5 seconds during launch control, it makes 637 horsepower, which is why it’s the most powerful Audi of all time. It can also get from 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.1 seconds, which is admittedly a bit slower than an Audi R8 V10 Performance but still bonkers-quick.
However, it’s not just the RS e-tron GT’s power and performance that make it so good. It also handles and rides well. According to Roadshow, when in Dynamic mode, the Audi RS e-tron GT is “simply magical”. Its sharp front end and rear-wheel steering make it feel far more nimble than its size and weight would suggest. It’s a bit firm over bumps but that’s worth it for the handling.
It’s also more efficient than its claimed figures suggest. According to the EPA, the Audi RS e-tron GT is only capable of 232 miles of range. However, during Roadshow’s testing, they averaged 2.7 miles per kWh, which would give the RS e-tron GT — and its 93.4 kWh battery — a theoretical range of 252 miles.
The Audi RS e-tron GT is expensive, with Roadshow’s example costing over $160,000, but if you have the money, it’s likely worth it. It’s a high-performance, sporty grand touring car that’s also all-electric and looks like a supermodel on wheels. What’s not to love?