The battle of the six-figure EVs heats up with the arrival of a new contender. The 2021 Audi RS e-tron GT is set to battle the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S. Unlike the Tesla, the Audi, and the Porsche share the same basic structure, wiring, and battery pack. Despite this, the RS e-tron GT can’t keep up with the more powerful and quicker Taycan Turbo S. While the Porsche Taycan is currently available to purchase, Car and Driver claims the e-tron GT will go on sale in 2021.
The Porsche Taycan is far more powerful
Before we dive into their specific power figures, it is important to note that the Porsche Taycan and the Audi RS e-tron GT have to make do with the same battery pack. However, Audi is reportedly using different motor tuning to that of the Taycan. According to Car and Driver, the Audi RS e-tron GT is set to arrive developing 684 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque from its dual-motor setup. The power bias trends toward the rear, with the rear motor developing 449 hp while the front develops 235 hp.
In contrast, the equivalent Porsche Taycan Turbo S takes a completely different approach to its power delivery. While the base Turbo S only develops 616 hp, Porsche included an available Overboost mode. Overboost allows the Taycan Turbo S to utilize all of its available power while utilizing launch control. The result is that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S has a total power output of 750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque.
The Porsche is also quicker to 60 mph
Since the Porsche Taycan Turbo S has the aforementioned Overboost function, it destroys the Audi to 60 mph. According to Car and Driver, the Audi RS e-tron GT reaches 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. In contrast, the Taycan Turbo S equipped with Overboost can reach 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Even the lower trimmed Taycan Turbo completes the run in 3.0 seconds. Only the base Taycan 4S falls behind the Audi, reaching 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
If we’re speaking about 0 to 60 mph times, we can’t leave Tesla out of the conversation. Despite costing significantly less than both the Porsche and the Audi, Tesla’s Model 3 Performance reaches 60 mph in 2.3 seconds. To make things worse, Tesla recently announced the Plaid trim level with a claimed time to 60 mph of less than 2 seconds. Although the Plaid has yet to debut, all of Tesla’s previous efforts mean it should live up to the hype.
The Audi should be priced similarly to the Porsche
Despite being slower and less powerful, there is no indication that the Audi RS e-tron GT will be cheaper than the Porsche Taycan. According to Autocar UK, Audi UK expects the Audi RS e-tron GT to cost upwards of £130,000. A quick conversion reveals a price of around $170,695.
In contrast, a Porsche Taycan Turbo S starts at $185,000 in the U.S. While an almost $15,000 difference is massive in cheaper cars, the six-figure EV market is a different story. At his level, a few optional extras can easily amount to more than $15,000. As a result, buyers will likely cross-shop these two EVs.
Before we get too down on the Audi, it is important to note that the German carmaker is developing its own suspension and chassis tuning, meaning that real-world reviews could show the Audi has an ace up its sleeve.