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Which to Buy: Audi e-tron GT or Audi RS7 Sportback?

Audi has several outstanding looking cars at the moment. In fact, there really isn’t a bad looking car with four rings, these days. Sure, some cars like the Audi Q5 Sportback are lame but they aren’t exactly ugly. That said, there are some standouts and possibly the two best looking Audis on the road are cars that actually look a bit alike — the Audi RS7 Sportback and the all-new Audi e-tron GT.

 

Both the RS7 and e-tron GT are breathtaking four-door “coupes” that can seat four adults in comfort and also blitz down the Autobahn like a supercar. Not only are they beautiful but they’re also great cars; the e-tron GT is essentially an Audi-badged Porsche Taycan, which is an excellent car, and we just tested the RS7 and it’s fantastic.

 

Since both cars are similar in size, seat the same amount of people, are both fabulous looking in similar ways and will cost around the same money, the real question is: which to buy?

 

Let’s first take a look at their main specs. The Audi RS7 Sportback uses a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft. It also uses an eight-speed automatic gearbox and gets Quattro all-wheel drive with a limited-slip rear differential out back. It sits on air-suspension as-standard, with an optional Dynamic Ride Control suspension, with hydraulically-linked shocks. The RS7 can get from 0-60 mph in about three and a half seconds, depending on the circumstances of the test. It also starts at $114,000.

 

While the Audi e-tron GT uses a 93.4 kWh gross battery pack, which powers two electric motors; one at the front and one at the back; to give it 469 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. According to Audi, it takes the e-tron GT 3.9 seconds to reach 60 mph. There’s also two-speed transmission, to allow for a taller cruising gear. The e-tron GT is less powerful and a skosh slower but it’s also cheaper, starting at just $99,900, and is all-electric, so it uses no fuel and gives you a green reputation.

 

If you’re feeling a spendy, you can also go for the Audi RS e-tron GT, which uses the same battery pack but makes 590 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque, making it more powerful than the RS7. It also gets a limited-slip rear differential as-standard. All in, the RS e-tron GT can rip off a 0-60 mph time of just 3.1 seconds, which makes it even faster than the RS7. However, it’s also more expensive, starting at $139,900.

Audi RS7

 

There is an issue of range. The Audi e-tron GT can achieve a claimed 238 miles, with the RS e-tron GT dropping to 232 miles. Neither range is confirmed by the EPA but Audi is confident in its claim. While the Audi RS7, due to its gasoline engine, can go quite a bit further than that and only takes a handful of minutes to completely refuel. At it’s absolute fastest, using a 270 kW DC fast charger, the Audi e-tron GT can charge from 5-80 percent in 22.5 minutes. That’s quite good but those chargers are few and far between.

 

So which is the car to buy? The answer is easy — the Audi e-tron GT. Either one of them. The RS e-tron GT is a no-brainer, as it’s significantly faster, will feel even faster than its numbers suggest in the real world, it looks better and it’s not too much more money. But even the standard e-tron GT is the better car to buy. We love the RS7 but the e-tron GT is more than fast enough, looks better, has a cooler interior and is completely electric. It’s the more interesting car and, on real public roads, is likely faster than the RS7 anyway, all while being cheaper. For us, this is an easy choice — go electric.

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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.