Audi RS e-tron GT test – the (very) powerful e-legance

After the test of l’Audi e-tron GT, we thought we had reached the zenith of the electric car. It was without counting on the RS of the e-tron GT.

This “RS” version of the sporty electric GT of the brand with the rings is intended to be an ultimate or even extreme version. But, concretely, what are the notable differences between the RS version and the “basic” e-tron GT version.

Beyond a test, we suggest you review the main differences and especially to tell you which is from our point of view the best version.

En clair, l’Audi e-tron GT : « RS or not RS » ?

Both models have 4-wheel drive with synchronous motor on the front axle and the rear axle.

The Audi e-tron GT quattro has a total power of 476 hp and a torque of 630 Nm (640 Nm in boost mode), while the RS e-tron GT has a power of 598 hp and a torque of 830 Nm.
With the launch control or the boost mode the power of e-tron GT increases to 530 hp for 2.5 seconds and that of the RS version to 646 hp for the same period of time.

As for acceleration, the 0-100 km/h is erased in 4.1 or 3.3 seconds (RS model).

So we could say that with 122 hp more, 200 Nm more torque and almost a second less on the 0 to 100 is the RS version that wins hands down? The answer is yes…on the circuit. Because in fact, the “basic” Audi e-tron GT is already such a powerful machine that it distills sensations and driving pleasure of a very high level.

On the other hand, if you really want to leave the tolls with vigor or start at a red light in a more than dazzling way then the “RS” version is made for you!

For this criterion, advantage: RS e-tron GT for extreme sensations and the debauchery of power!

On the outside, very little distinguishes the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT. Even the measurements are identical: 4.99 m long, 1.96 m wide and only 1.41 m high for both models.

The differences are more marked inside. The cabin is more sporty with elements that will remind here and there that we are in an RS version, such as the “sport plus” seats.

In contrast, the carbon roof of the RS version deprives the cabin of light. It’s a choice that highlights the dynamism and sportiness of the car, but the huge panoramic glass roof is much more pleasant in everyday life, in our opinion.

The other notable difference is in the capacity of the trunk. On both models the front trunk is 81 liters. Re the rear trunk has a volume of 405 liters for the e-tron GT, and 350 liters for the RS e-tron GT model

For this criterion, advantage: e-tron GTin our opinion for its brighter interior and its trunk volume more in line with the Grand Touring spirit

The high voltage battery can store 83.7 kWh of net energy (93.4 kWh gross) in both models.

On the other hand, unsurprisingly, with a higher power level, the RS e-tron GT is more electron-hungry. However, Audi has tracked down the extra pounds on the “RS” version mainly thanks to the carbon fiber reinforced polymer roof.

Despite this, the electric motors remain more greedy on the RS version. We observed a consumption of approximately 18 to 19 kWh in the city and 23 to 24 kWh in the suburbs. On his side, the e-tron GT is more sober : we had noted 17 to 18 kWh in town and between 18 and 21 kWh on the secondary network (limited to 80 or 90 km/h).

On balance, we had a real autonomy observed of 460 to 465 km with the e-tron GT on our test run. For the same journeys (with higher temperatures), we saw real range of around 365-370km for the RS e-tron GT.

The extra power is at this price: 100 km less!

For this criterion, advantage: e-tron GT for its greater autonomy

The extra power also has a price in euros! And we’re not going to cut corners: it stings!!

Audi e-tron GT quattro starts at €105,100 and €125,600 for the Extended finish. Do you find it expensive?

However, you will have to add nearly 40,600 € (the price of an Audi A4 Sedan with a few options) to offer you the RS e-tron GT which starts at €145,690. The entry ticket for the Extended finish is €161,190!!

We compared the prices of the Audis to those of the Porsche Taycan. And there we had surprises!

Indeed, the Taycan 4S (435 hp – 71 kWh net – all-wheel drive) which is attacked at €111,602. The Porsche costs €6,000 more and boasts 41 hp less and a smaller battery. But hey, it’s a Porsche…
On the other hand the Taycan GTS (625 hp – 83.7 kWh net – all-wheel drive), starts at €137,847. Yes, it’s a bit crazy! A Taycan GTS is positioned at the “entry level” at a lower price than the RS e-tron GT quattro (almost 8000 € less) for a higher power level (27 hp more for the Porsche). All with an identical battery between the Porsche and the Audi.

For this criterion, advantage: e-tron GTbecause it is cheaper than its competitor at Porsche.