It may be the most beautiful electric car in the world, but the new Audi RS e-tron GT shines above all with excellent dynamic tuning. So, should we prefer it to its cousin the Porsche Taycan Turbo S?
In recent weeks, Audi has offered a fully electric sports sedan in its catalog. Specialists know that this new e-tron GT uses the same technical elements as the Porsche Taycan marketed since last year: its chassis and its electric motors differ only in certain details, linked to the preferences of the engineers of the brand with the rings. . While maintaining the same general proportions, the Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron GT display an almost opposite style. Instead of the sleek curves of the Porsche, Ingolstadt’s cousin collects aggressive appendages. And oddly enough, there is a sort of magic in the silhouette of this futuristic sedan with muscular wings. Charmed like many a few days ago by discovering the basic version of this new e-tron GT, Cyril Drevet praised the sculptural plastic of this rolling concept car (which has not changed since the model of the show in Los Angeles 2018). What if she was the most beautiful electric car?
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Today, we are not trying the basic version but the RS version, the one that forms the absolute sports top of the electric range at Audi. To distinguish the RS e-tron GT from the normal e-tron GT, it will be necessary to rely on the badge “RS” on the trunk: there is no other external difference between the two models. Same remark inside, with a unique “RS” crest there to remind you that you are not riding in a simple e-tron GT. The general atmosphere, closer to a classic Audi sedan than to the elegant minimalism of the Taycan, also contrasts with the stylistic codes of the cousin Porsche. But the extremely low driving position betrays its true nature: compared to an RS 6 Avant adapted from a nice wagon, the Audi RS e-tron GT benefits from a much more radical design philosophy. Installed behind the wheel at ground level, in a very enveloping seat with the feet barely lower than the knees, you feel in an R8 rather than in a large Audi Sport roadster.
From the first turns of the wheel after an obviously silent start, the RS e-tron GT confirms its position straddling the luxury sedan and the real sports car. We find the driving sensations of the Porsche Taycan, with a good level of comfort that does not reach the padding of the best German limousines: the superior firmness of the suspension (despite the pneumatic damping) and the muscular handling. do not equal the lush smoothness of a Panamera or S8. Yes, this exceptional sedan has what it takes to peacefully walk its passengers (including those in the rear seats). But with such fast steering and such instantaneous response, you can’t resist the urge to gauge your athletic abilities for long.
It must be said that the RS e-tron GT still has 598 horsepower (456 at the rear, 238 at the front). Power that places the Audi very slightly below the Porsche Taycan Turbo (625 hp). It gives four tenths to the fastest Taycan – the Turbo S – on 0 to 100 km / h, but manages to catapult itself from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.3 seconds (its power also climbs to 646 horses during launch control). To give you a point of reference, the RS 6 Avant (600 horsepower V8) performs the same exercise in 3.6 seconds. So, yes, we do feel a tiny lull in acceleration compared to the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. But we remain at the level of a supercar with speeds that will make the passengers shout at the slightest green light negotiated as a start of race. Dropped on a beautiful road in Lubéron, the RS e-tron achieves exactly the same feats as its cousin Porsche. We just note a lighter direction compared to the Taycan (Audi R8 way again), as well as a slightly softened reactivity in its behavior.
Audi e-tron GT, sports and electric – TURBO test of 07/03/2021
But thanks to this special mechanical architecture, the RS e-tron GT demolishes the road. More than the colossal thrust in a straight line, it is the total absence of mechanical inertia that makes the driver shudder. Where a large combustion engine constantly deals with the limits of its own range of use and the management of its automatic gearbox, the Audi powertrain, like that of the Taycan, responds instantly to the slightest stress on the accelerator. No time wasted waiting for a rise in the towers or a downshift, even if there are two gear ratios to limit consumption. The two asynchronous motors of the RS e-tron GT bang continuously. Of course, the manual piloting of an exceptional heat engine provides a form of excitement that no electric machine will ever match.. Except that these exceptional thermal engines are now limited to a handful of elite sports cars: on modern ultra-sport wagons, the very smooth and sanitized character of their twin-turbo V8s (which all look alike these days) does not is more of a big advantage over electric motors when it comes to pure mechanical pleasure.
So the road trips are irreparably transformed into real sporting epics. The rear-wheel steering (standard on the RS e-tron GT) and the electronic rear differential with torque vectoring function (also standard) add agility to the colossal traction generated by the two engines. On dry roads, this dynamic arsenal tends to make you invincible, intoxicated by the finesse of the behavior of the beast and the clarity of its reactions. To promote autonomy, the Audi wears Goodyear less efficient than the tires mounted on the advanced Taycan, but they do not prevent the car from remaining very progressive at the limit. We start to slip slightly from all four wheels in complete control in certain curves, sometimes coming out of turns with a little counter-steering (disconnected driving aids). Very pleasant, the operation becomes a bit complicated when the tarmac gets wet. The 2.3 tons of this heavy sedan then pull much more on the front axle, with a grip limit less easy to define. We then immediately enter the ABS at the slightest braking and despite a still imperial traction, the fun gives way to a form of necessary caution. This is the only dynamic limit of these new electric gifted people, betrayed by their mass when grip is lacking. Under these conditions, they face the same natural constraints as their thermal counterparts.
What about autonomy in all of this?
As Cyril Drevet recalled when he first took charge of the e-tron GT, the Audi also deals with a battery factor that should never be forgotten. After 260 kilometers of road ecstasy behind the wheel of the RS e-tron GT on the roads of Lubéron (34.4 kWh / 100 kilometers on average), the Audi meter displays only 20% of juice despite a small hour of charging during the lunch break. Given the pace adopted, the same trip in RS 6 Avant would have dried up its large unleaded tank in just over 200 kilometers.. The difference obviously lies in the ease of refilling the tank: with the RS e-tron GT, you will have to wait one night (around 9:30 am) with an 11 kW wallbox to go from 0 to 100% charge. Or more than 30 hours on a classic take. On the other hand, theoretically 36 minutes are enough to go from 5 to 80% load on a fast charging station at 150 kW (or even 23 minutes at 270 kW), which is obviously lacking on the Lubéron secondary network. At present, each long trip in this type of car always involves preparing its trip according to the network of charging points. Tesla models retain an advantage of autonomy: the current Model S Grande Autonomie claims 663 kilometers, where the Audi RS e-tron GT does not exceed 472 kilometers.
An elitist price, of course
Offered from € 140,700, the Audi RS e-tron GT charges dearly for its dream face and peak performance. Especially since the base e-tron GT (€ 101,500 and 476 horsepower) already produces breathtaking performance (0 to 100 km / h in 4.1 seconds) and benefits from a dynamic behavior that is not much less pleasant. However, the RS e-tron GT costs less than the equivalent version of the Porsche Taycan (a Taycan Turbo costs from 156,334 € without any options and has less generous dynamic equipment as standard). While waiting to check if the famous Plaid version of the Tesla Model S (€ 119,990, 0 to 100 km / h in 2.1 seconds and top speed of 322 km / h!) Keeps its amazing promises, the two German cousins have established themselves by far as the best electric sports cars on the planet. In terms of performance and sensations, these two sedans even allow themselves to do at least as well as the famous references of the fossil fuel market (Audi RS 6, Mercedes-AMG E63, BMW M5 …).
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