VIDEO: Can the Audi e-tron Keep Up with the Rivian R1T?

When you see how fast the Audi RS e-tron GT is — 0-60 mph in under three seconds — it’s easy to assume that all e-tron models are fast. However, that’s not the case. In fact, the both the RS e-tron GT and its standard e-tron GT sibling are exceptions to the electric Audi rule. Most e-tron models are moderately quick (Audi e-tron SUV) and others are downright slow (Q4 e-tron). Surely, though, an electric Audi SUV is faster than an electric pickup truck, right?


Not so fast, partner. The Audi e-tron SUV packs some decent punch, with a maximum power output of 402 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, albeit only for a few seconds, when using its launch mode. After those few seconds, it reverts back to 355 horsepower and 414 lb-ft. Still, it’s decently quick when launching its hardest, hitting 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

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However, the Rivian R1T uses its dual electric motors to make a frankly absurd 835 horsepower and 908 lb-ft of torque. It can get from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds, which is supercar fast and the Rivian is a pickup truck that can tow 11,000 lbs.


Why are we talking about the Rivian R1T? Because in this new video from Out of Spec Studios, the Audi e-tron drag races the R1T (along with almost every other electric car) and it proves something very important — Audi doesn’t have much an excuse for its lack of range and performance, if an upstart automaker like Rivian can make something as comprehensively brilliant as the R1T.

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In a drag race, it wasn’t even fair. The Rivian walked away from the Audi e-tron like it was standing still. With all of that power, the R1T can really only be taken down by an RS e-tron GT, Tesla Model S Plaid, and Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance.


However, Kyle from Out of Spec Studios does throw some love at the Audi e-tron, claiming it to be one of his favorite EVs. Its incredible ride comfort, smooth handling, and ultra fast charging still make it a great EV option.




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.