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

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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

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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

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.

RS e-tron GT, Taycan Welcome Tesla to Teutonic EV Drag Battle

Audi RS e-tron GT

Inter-family battle between Audi RS e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan goes intercontinental with Tesla, Germans best the hype machine.

For a long time, the luxury EV space belonged to one entity: Tesla. However, the old guard entered the castle in the late New ’10s, exposing the California ego machine’s flaws and cracks. Among them? The Volkswagen Group, home to Audi and Porsche. The result? The Taycan, and the new RS e-tron GT.

How would the Teutonic titans fare against the aging Hollywood star, though? Carwow‘s Mat Watson invited Yiannimize and Richard “RSymons RSEV” Symons to the runway for an intercontinental drag battle with an inter-family twist, featuring the RS e-tron GT, Taycan, and Model S Performance.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

“Let me tell you about this Audi,” said Watson. “It has two electric motors, one in the front, one in the back, so it’s four-wheel drive. And combined, under launch control conditions, it puts out 646 horsepower, [612 lb-ft of torque]. It’s quite heavy because of all the batteries; weighs in at 2.3 tons. It’s quite expensive as well, starts from just under [$159,000].”

Meanwhile, the Taycan weighs the same, and shares the same motors and two-speed gearbox. Yet, it makes 687 horses and 627 lb-ft of torque, and is priced under $164,000 in the United Kingdom. Finally, the Tesla weighs the same, but its pair of motors deliver 778 horsepower and 840 lb-ft of torque. It costs less than either of the Teutonics, too, at less than $100,000. On paper, the Tesla wins. But that’s paper, not a wet runway.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

“In the end, with a better launch, the Tesla won,” said Watson. “Just.”

It also took two tries for the Tesla to sweep the RS e-tron GT and Taycan. Before that, the Audi took the first two digs off the line, with the Taycan between a rock and a hard place. However, it would never be this good for Tesla again.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

During the first rolling race from 50 mph, the Taycan beat the RS e-tron GT by a car, while the Tesla (in one-engine-mode) rolls to finish dead last. On the sporty settings, it looked like the Model S would win, only for its speed limiter (set to 155 mph) to kick in. The Audi would’ve tied the Porsche, but it, too, had a speed limiter (166 mph). Yet, the family beat the American overall.

Finally, on the stop from 70 mph, the Porsche’s special brakes won the day. Next was the Audi, then the Tesla.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Porsche Taycan vs Tesla Model S

“Mat, what I’ll say is Richard spoke a good game, give it the big talk, and then, just faded into the beyond,” said Yianni. “[Richard,] what happened to your supersonic Tesla? ‘I’ve got the fastest one, lalalalalalalala.’”

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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.

Audi RS e-tron GT Provides a Rather Electrifying Driving Experience

2022 Audi RS e-tron GT

The 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT is remarkably similar to its Porsche twin, but with a few differences in terms of feel.

It’s only been a few months since the 2022 Audi RS e-tron GT was first revealed, stunning all of us with its drop-dead gorgeous looks and promised electrifying performance. But that’s to be expected from what is essentially a Porsche Taycan in a finely tailored suit, as much as 637 horsepower, and a claimed 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds.

Throw in a scrumptious interior, and you’ve got a rather unconventional/conventional EV for folks that don’t like the general quirkiness of EVs. And now we know what it’s like to drive, too, thanks to mega-popular YouTuber Shmee, or Tim Burton as he’s known in the real world.

2022 Audi RS e-tron GT

Burton currently owns a Taycan Turbo S, so he’s more qualified than most to provide some driving impressions of the new Audi RS e-tron GT, too. First off, he points out a few differences between the two cars. “This car drives remarkably similar to the Taycan, but the steering is different, the pedal feel is different, the sound is different,” Burton says. “In terms of driving, it’s a very welcoming car. When you get out on the open road and put your foot down, it just delivers.”

2022 Audi RS e-tron GT

As is the case with all EVs, the RS e-tron GT is certainly not light, weighing in at over 5,000 pounds. But apparently, it hides that mass well on the road. “You don’t necessarily realize that it’s quite that heavy,” Burton says. “It’s a big car, it’s a long car, but it has rear-wheel steering so it still feels quite agile and nimble on its feet.” Burton also notes that even in Dynamic mode, the steering is still pretty light, but that’s to be expected for a plush vehicle like this.

2022 Audi RS e-tron GT

What’s particularly interesting about the acceleration of the RS e-tron GT, however, is just how similar it is to the more powerful Taycan Turbo S. “This feels the same,” Burton notes. “The same kind of speed, the same kind of instant propulsion that shoves you in the back. That difficulty to lean forward when you’re on the throttle.” So what’s different? “Pretty much everything to do with the driving and your interaction from the steering feel to the feel of the throttle pedal and the brake pedal just being that touch softer,” Burton concludes.

Thus, think of the Audi RS e-tron GT as more of a commuter-friendly version of the sharper Taycan Turbo S, though one that presents few compromises in terms of performance when compared to its sportier twin.

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