VIDEO: Audi RS e-tron GT vs Tesla Model S

Audi e-tron GT vs. Tesla Model S

carwow pits Audi RS e-tron GT vs Tesla Model S in a 571-mile race from Inverness, Scotland to London, England!

Tesla changed the world with the Model S, proving that electric vehicles could be stylish, luxurious, incredibly fast, and travel long distances. When it arrived, it stood alone and conquered the emerging luxury EV market. But here we are in 2021 with OEMs on every continent chasing Tesla for customers and an all-electric future. Enter the Audi RS e-tron GT, which was co-developed with the Porsche Taycon and is set to debut later this summer here in the US.

In a recent video posted by carwow on YouTube, host Mat Watson sets the stage for the ultimate battle of electric luxury sedans: Audi RS e-tron GT vs Tesla Model S in a 571-mile race from Inverness, Scotland to London, England.

On the surface, the Tesla boasts faster 0-to-60mph times as well as a 390-mile range. But the Audi, with only a 238-mile range, charges faster. Who? Will? Win?

Watch the video to find out, of course. What I will say, though, is that I think this test highlights the subjective nature of buying any new car, EV or not. Spec sheets aren’t the end-all-be-all. Personal issues like style, comfort, features, and daily ergonomics often prevail. Especially at this price range.

What do you think? What would you buy? What’s most important for you in considering a luxury EV?

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Audi e-tron GT to Come with Multiple Charging Options

e-tron GT

Audi e-tron GT plays a vital role in the German automaker’s ambitious plan to electrify the US auto market.

In a recent press release from Audi, we’ve learned that the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT will be offered with several options to keep you on the road more and at the station less. Anyone who’s looked into purchasing an electric vehicle knows that one thing to consider is the availability of charging stations and the time you spend there. Audi, along with its partners, looks to solve those issues.

From multiple options for in-home charging to an expanding network across the US, Audi has its sites set on helping America electrify and the e-tron GT has its sights on doing so with speed and style.

Electrify America

e-tron GT

One of the many perks of owning a 2022 e-tron GT or RS e-tron GT will be three years of complimentary DC fast charging. The deal is in partnership with EV-charging pioneer Electrify America whose network is rapidly expanding. Electrify America stations work in conjunction with the e-tron to charge the vehicle as rapidly as possible, taking the e-tron from 5-80% in about 22 minutes, using a 270 kW charger. Electrify America expects to have 800 charging stations with around 3,500 chargers by year-end 2021.

Home Charging Options

Audi EV

In addition to the rapidly growing charger network, Audi is partnering with Qmerit to create viable charging options and its customer’s homes. Qmerit will offer two in-home charging solutions installed by certified electrical technicians. The options are as follows:

NEMA 14-50 power outlet upgrade

  • For use with the included 9.6 kW AC capsule charger (Level 2, 240-volt/40 amps) which comes standard with the vehicle
  • Operates with either a standard 120-volt household outlet (1.2 kW) or a 240-volt NEMA 14-50 outlet (9.6 kW)

HomeStation by Electrify America

  • Available with concierge service to schedule home installation
  • Wi-Fi-capable and offers 9.6 kW charging power
  • Ensures owners will always have a fully charged vehicle overnight

For installation purposes, Qmerit concierge service will see to it that the installation process is seamless. All work is transparently priced and backed by the guarantee that the installation pros are thoroughly vetted for background and experience.

(RS) e-tron GT Specs

Audi EV

While Evs might seem like the softer option, e-tron GT is no slouch on the track. With the RS e-tron GT being slightly quicker than the V10-powered Audi R8, owners can expect to have as much fun as they desire. Using the legendary 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany as a development site, Audi ensured the thermal management system capable enough for any level of excitement.

e-tron GT

  • 469 hp, 522 hp (in boost mode)
  • 464 lb-ft of torque,  472 lb-ft (in boost mode)
  • 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds
  • 152 mph top track speed
  • 238-mile range

RS e-tron GT

  • 590 hp, 637 (in boost mode)
  • 612 lb-ft (in standard & boost mode)
  • 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds
  • 155 mph top track speed
  • 232-mile range

More Info

e-tron GT

The e-tron GT is expected to hit showroom floors later this summer and will soon be followed by the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron. Audi has set the bar high, hoping to have the largest fleet of electrified vehicles offered by a luxury manufacturer in the US by year-end 2021. Audi hopes to electrify 30% of its fleet by 2025. Afterward, the goal is the become fully carbon neutral by 2050.

Photos: Audi

Drowsy drivers survey rings alarm bells

Gareth Herincx

1 day ago
Auto News

Four million drivers have momentarily fallen asleep behind the wheel, shocking new research by IAM RoadSmart has revealed.

The study for the UK’s largest independent road safety charity is alarming because even the briefest lapse in concentration when driving can have devastating consequences because at 70mph a car travels at more than 100 feet per second.

One in 10 drivers surveyed admitted to momentarily closing their eyes because they were so tired, while more than half (equating to some 20 million motorists) said they were very concerned about fatigue when driving long distances.

Other results from the research revealed that one in 10 drivers admitted that they had hit the rumble strip, while 40% had turned down the heating or rolled down the windows in order to stop them from being tired.

On a slightly more positive note, around a quarter of drivers had pulled over for a rest and/or a coffee.

“Fatigue behind the wheel is a very serious problem, perhaps more concerning than previously thought of,” said Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy & Research.

“It is shocking to think a potential four million drivers have closed their eyes behind the wheel because they were so tired, even if it was just for a short time. The potential carnage that could result from even one accident doesn’t bear thinking about.

“Driving a long distance needs pre-planning to ensure there are plenty of available rest places and to make sure there’s enough time to complete the journey if delays are encountered.

Never drive for longer than two hours without a break and take particular care if driving when you would normally be asleep. This is even more important as the country reopens after the pandemic and not all facilities may be available yet.

“Drivers can then concentrate on staying alert behind the wheel rather than staving off tiredness by trying to reach their end destination without adequate rest breaks.”

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Thanks to a truly mammoth output, this RS3 is the quickest of its breed.

By Brett Foote – June 16, 2021

RS3 By Ironz Motorsport Stuns with 1,350 WHP

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World’s Quickest

Many often ask – what’s the most powerful, fastest, quickest, or best of any particular automotive model. And in the case of Audi’s RS3, that answer is easy – it’s this beastly build from Iroz Motorsport and its namesake, Hank Iroz. Recently featured over at DSport Magazine, this is the world’s quickest Audi RS3, thanks mostly to the ridiculous 1,350 horsepower it puts down at the wheels.

Photos: DSport Magazine

Humble Beginnings

Iroz’s specialty is building incredibly fast Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen vehicles, though he has experience wrenching on other European rides as well. But this RS3 is his crowning achievement. Iroz purchased the car new in 2017, knowing from the start that he was going to transform it into a total track terror.

Photos: DSport Magazine

>>Join the conversation about this Iroz Motorsport RS3 right here in the Audi World Forum!

DIY

Iroz’s goal from day one was to get the car to run sevens in the quarter-mile, which is obviously not an easy feat for any car, let alone the RS3, given its lack of aftermarket support at the time. Thus, Iroz simply made most of the parts himself, giving the inline-five cylinder mill his own Stage 3 performance upgrade that starts with a built bottom end.

Photos: DSport Magazine

>>Join the conversation about this Iroz Motorsport RS3 right here in the Audi World Forum!

Big Power

To that sturdy base, Iroz added a Xona Rotor 105/69 turbo, ESLM fuel pump, 2,600cc injectors, ethanol injection, and nitrous. Pushing a ridiculous 52 psi of boost, the fortified I-5 put down an insane 1,350 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque on the dyno.

Photos: DSport Magazine

>>Join the conversation about this Iroz Motorsport RS3 right here in the Audi World Forum!

Off the Trailer

As one might imagine, if you can get all that power to the ground, it’s going to result in impressive track performance. In this case, that’s precisely what happened – the RS3 ripped off a 7.989-second pass on its very first run. Obviously, it took a lot of work to make that happen, but the car clearly has more in it, too.

Photos: DSport Magazine

>>Join the conversation about this Iroz Motorsport RS3 right here in the Audi World Forum!

No Rest

Since its completion, Iroz’s RS3 has also beaten Ken Block’s Hoonicorn in a drag race, which is something that not many cars can say. Regardless, if you want to be the best and stay the best, you can’t rest on your laurels, and it doesn’t sound like that will be the case with the world’s quickest RS3.

Photos: DSport Magazine

>>Join the conversation about this Iroz Motorsport RS3 right here in the Audi World Forum!

Pushing the Envelope

Iroz has big plans for his ride, including a new turbo and cam that will hopefully help make it even quicker. It may seem ludicrous to some, but in reality, everyone is gunning for the top. To stay there, Iroz has to keep pushing the envelope, and that’s precisely what he plans to do.

Photos: DSport Magazine

>>Join the conversation about this Iroz Motorsport RS3 right here in the Audi World Forum!

For help with the service of your car, check out the how to section of AudiWorld.com.

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10 Facts Facts You NEED to Know: 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT

2022 Audi RS e-tron GTRS e-tron GT.

It’s not Audi’s first rodeo with EVs, as Ingolstadt already entered the game with the e-tron crossover back in 2018. Yet, the grand touring version is perfect for those looking for a slick sedan, with the RS e-tron GT taking things up to 11. Here are 10 facts about this newest conqueror of the cult.

10. It Shares a Platform with the Porsche Taycan

2022 Audi RS e-tron GTRS e-tron GT. Specifically, the platform, electric motors and battery pack. Forty percent of the parts the Audi uses come from Stuttgart’s tidy parts bin. Yet, there are enough tweaks here and there to give Audi fans the Audi driving experience they know and love.

Cameron Aubernon

Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aside from her contributions to Audi World, Aubernon can be found all through the IB Auto Group family, including 6 Speed Online, LS1Tech, and Team Speed. She also has her own independent automotive blog, Aubernon Highway.

Aubernon can be reached through her public Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. She is wary of those she doesn’t already know, though; thus, she may not respond to messages sent.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.