Now that we know of the Audi RS e-tron GT, we know it has a lot of the power and technology that’s featured in the Porsche Taycan Turbo. Considering that the Taycan Turbo is the only car to properly challenge the Tesla Model S P100D, is there a chance that the Audi RS e-tron GT could do the same?
In this new video from Auto Trader UK, Rory Reid breaks down the e-tron GT and its specs, comparing them to those of the aforementioned Tesla. When you look at the two cars on paper, it does seem as if the Audi RS e-tron GT has a real shot of cracking the armor of the Tesla.
According to Audi, the RS e-tron GT makes 600 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque, both of which are smaller figures than those of the Model S P100D. However, the Audi has a couple of advantages. One is that its more advanced battery cooling, borrowed from the Taycan, will allow it to be faster, consistently. After one or two launches, the Model S needs to stop and cool down. While the Audi RS e-tron GT should be able to do it all day long, as the Taycan has proved to be able to do so.
Another advantage will be its newer, better architecture. So the Audi e-tron GT is built on an 800-volt architecture and that allows for not only faster charging but also lighter weight and better performance, as 800-volt allows the wiring to be thinner, lighter gauge. Also, the RS e-tron GT is said to be capable of 270 kW charging. If you can find a 270 kW charging station, which is admittedly quiet difficult, the you could theoretically fill your RS e-tron GT’s battery from flat to full in under 20 minutes.
The Tesla Model S P100D is the car that everyone knows to be the fastest electric car, even if Porsche did sort of squash that claim. Tesla is the most famous EV maker, so therefor it’s the one customers associate with performance and range. However, if the Audi RS e-tron GT is capable of taking the Model S P100D, despite how old the Tesla is, it will cement Audi as one of the great EV makers of our time.