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VIDEO: Audi RS e-tron GT — Has it Reinvented Grand Touring?

Just yesterday, we saw Joe Achilles test drive the Audi RS e-tron GT in the Scottish Highlands and range anxiety was the key takeaway. The RS e-tron GT’s 200-ish miles of range left Achilles with only a handful of extra miles for his journey, which meant he had to hyper-mile a 600-plus horsepower GT car. That’s not a great look for a grand touring car. However, in this new video from Auto Trader, Rory Reid argues the contrary.

 

Reid drove the Audi RS e-tron GT on the same roads as Achilles, and even drove in some harsh weather, and didn’t seem to have any issues with range, or at least that he showed in the video. However, he did say he recorded 2.6 miles per kWh, which is only okay. Though, that does translate to well over 200 miles of range, which is more than enough for the majority of real-world people.

Additionally, he also claims that the Audi RS e-tron GT has more soul and character than many critics let on. Not only is its performance mega, with Reid recording a 0-60 mph time of just 3.0 seconds flat, but it’s also fun to drive. It flows through bends nicely, has good steering, and is far more agile and capable than its weight would suggest. Reid even seemed to like the synthetic acceleration noise from the speakers.

 

Overall, it seems as if Reid had a very different experience with the Audi RS e-tron GT than Achilles. Not that that makes him more right but it does show how differently people feel about EVs. Some embrace their strengths while accepting their weaknesses and other fear their weaknesses more than they can accept their strengths. The Audi RS e-tron GT isn’t a perfect car but, for many people, it’s going to be an excellent all-electric performance sedan.

 

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.