Audi just recently showed off a camouflaged version of the upcoming RS e-tron GT, the high-performance electric sedan that will eventually become the brand’s benchmark. When it officially makes it debut, the Audi RS e-tron GT will pack three electric motors and upwards of 700 horsepower, from what we’ve heard. If that’s the case, will it actually be the fastest Audi of all time?
At the moment, the fastest Audi of all time is the current R8 V10 Performance. With its 602 horsepower V10, it can nail 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. That’s actually absurd, to be honest. However, the Audi RS e-tron GT has a chance to best that.
Not only will the RS e-tron GT have more power, but its instantaneous torque will allow it to launch harder. To be honest, the former isn’t as important as the latter, in this case. The RS e-tron GT will have almost one hundred more horses but will also be significantly heavier, due to its larger size and massive battery. So the power advantage will be offset. What will give the electric car the edge is its instant thrust and grip.
Take a look at the Tesla Model X and Porsche Taycan. They’re some of the fastest accelerating cars on the planet, with both cars hitting 60 mph 2.5 seconds or under, and both weigh a ton. If the Audi RS e-tron GT has similar power, which it’s said to, it should be able to out-accelerate its V10-powered sibling, which is ironically made in the same factory.
If that ends up being the case, the Audi RS e-tron GT will become not only the brand’s flagship electric car but its flagship performance car, full stop. That could be a monumental moment for Audi, as its most exciting car would be electric, thus cementing the brand as one of the better EV automakers in the world.
To be honest, we think this is likely. With that much power and electric thrust, the RS e-tron GT should easily out-accelerate the R8. However, will it be as much fun to drive?
I recently spent a week in the Audi R8 and it blew me away with how enjoyable it actually was. Most enthusiasts claim that the R8 is too safe and too calm to be a proper supercar but I disagree, I think it’s a wonderful car to drive. So the RS e-tron GT has a high bar to clear, in terms of driving dynamics.
To be honest, I don’t think the electric car has a realistic chance of being better to drive than the R8. That’s not to say I think it will be bad to drive, as it almost certainly won’t be, but that it will weigh significantly more. Weight is the killer of fun, unless you’re Porsche and can somehow engineer out physics from a car’s dynamic restraints. So it’s doubtful that the RS e-tron GT will be more fun than the R8.
However, it doesn’t have to be more fun. It just needs to be close. If the Audi RS e-tron GT can be fun to drive, while also being the fastest Audi ever made, it will quickly gain a large following among customers. Any customer looking at an Audi A8 or RS7 will think twice about their typical purchase and look long and hard about their electric counterpart. Not only will the Audi RS e-tron GT likely be the fastest Audi ever but it could end up being the most important.