After driving the Audi e-tron awhile back, we realized that it’s a good luxury car and one that is worth getting if you want calm, serene, luxurious electric driving. However, if you want something a bit more thrilling, look elsewhere. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that it’s just too heavy to be fun to drive. It’s almost nauseating trying to hustle it around because it weighs so much. The other reason is that it’s quite slow. Which is why it was doomed from the beginning of Carwow’s recent drag race test.
In it, we see three electric cars; the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model 3; take on one internal combustion-powered car; the Toyota Supra. So what happens? First, let’s take a look at each car. The Toyota Supra is the only gasoline car in the test and uses a BMW-sourced 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six engine. It has a claimed 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque but we’ve seen it dyno tested with more than that. It takes on the Audi e-tron 55, which makes a maximum 402 hp and 490 lb-ft available in short bursts for, say, a drag race. The Tesla Model 3 Performance has 450 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. While the Jaguar I-Pace makes 394 hp and a whopping 512 lb-ft of torque.
All of the EVs have two electric motors, one at each axle, making them all-wheel drive. The Toyota Supra sends its power through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to only its rear wheels. So all of the EVs have a torque and grip advantage over the Supra. The only advantage the Supra has is its weight, which is significantly less than every EV in the test.
So how does the Japanese/Bavarian dinosaur take on the new-school electrics? Well, it gets whooped. Off the line, it struggles for traction while all of its electric rivals simply launch. The Tesla is easily the fastest of the bunch and pulls ahead quickly. While the Jag isn’t too far behind and comes in second place. The Toyota Supra ends up actually beating the Audi e-tron but that’s because the e-tron weighs as much as a medium-sized moon.
To be honest, the only test that the Audi e-tron performed relatively well in was the braking test, where it placed third. None of this matter too much, because the e-tron isn’t a performance car, it’s a soft, squishy luxury car. Still, it’s a bit disappointing that Audi didn’t inject enough performance into it. But I guess we’ll get our performance wishes when the e-tron GT gets here because that car is going to be impressive.