Audi’s new e-tron GT is among the most exciting and engaging electric cars on the market. It’s fast, it’s nimble, it’s fun to drive, and it looks killer. The proper Audi Sport version, the RS e-tron GT, is also the most powerful car in Audi’s history. So you’d imagine that it can take on some of the best sports cars of any kind on the market. But can it take on the mighty Porsche 911 GT3?
In this new video from Jalopnik, we actually get to find out. Jalop editor David Tracy was in Germany and had the chance to attend the German Car of the Year event. Two of the vehicles available to test were the Audi RS e-tron GT and 911 GT3, potentially the best driving EV and ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) powered cars, respectively.
The Audi RS e-tron GT is a very different sort of machine than the Porsche 911 GT3. On paper, it out-muscles the 911, with dual electric motors making 637 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. While the 911 GT makes 503 horsepower from its 4.0 liter naturally-aspirated flat-six engine. In this specific test, the 911 also had a manual transmission. Without question, the Audi was quicker. But was it actually more fun to drive?
It’s actually sort of interesting. In reality, there’s no real comparison between the two cars, in terms of outright driving pleasure. The Audi RS e-tron GT is a four-door, high-performance, grand touring car. It’s designed to be as comfy and quiet as it is fast. While the 911 GT3 is a purpose-built, thoroughbred sports car, designed only to elevate the heart rate of its driver. So the RS e-tron GT is never going to be able to outshine the GT3 when it comes to driver engagement or thrill.
With that said, though, Tracy did have an interesting point. The Porsche 911 GT3 manual is more fun than any EV but it’s also more fun than almost any internal combustion car as well. However, the PDK dual-clutch automatic 911 GT3 didn’t seem like as much fun and he felt that, if you’re going to get an automatic performance car, you’d might as well get an electric sports car instead. So if you’re going to compare the 911 GT3 PDK with the Audi RS e-tron, it might actually be the latter that’s more fun.