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VIDEO: Carfection Tests Out the Audi RS e-tron GT as a Grand Tourer

The Audi RS e-tron GT is always going to be compared to its platform sibling, the Porsche Taycan. However, the RS e-tron GT has its own feel; rather than feeling like a performance sedan, it feels more like a very fast grand touring car, hence the GT name. So Carfection decided to test out its GT credentials and take it on a trip from Inverness, Scotland to Milton Keynes, in England.

 

During the journey, they stopped to charge several times, tested the Audi RS e-tron GT on all manner of different roads, and experienced different weather, all to see if the big electric Audi is actually as good at long journeys as its name suggests.

 

On long stretches of highway, and even back country roads, Carfection’s Henry Catchpole seemed surprised with the RS e-tron GT’s ride. Even on massive 21″ wheels, the RS e-tron GT is shockingly comfortable and quiet, making it a great companion for long-distance cruising. Its interior helps, too, as it isn’t flashy or overly EV-focused. Instead, it’s a comfortable, ergonomic, and well laid out interior that feels familiar but also quite nice.

 

When you want to push the car hard and have some fun, it can do that, too. Though, it isn’t as good at that as its cousin from Porsche. The RS e-tron GT has good steering, a playful chassis, and gobs of power but it’s still a bit, heavy car. If you drive it at seven or eight tenths, it feels great. Push it further than that and it starts to feel a bit too heavy and can get a bit sketchy. So it’s not an all-out performance car but a fast GT car that can play when it needs to. Which is honestly what a GT car should be.

 

However, that does raise the question of whether or not you need the RS model. Catchpole reckons that the standard e-tron GT might be the better option. It looks identical, has the same interior, is still fast enough to toast most sports cars, but is quite a bit cheaper.

 

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.