The Audi E-Tron GT Is More Than a Rebadged Porsche Taycan

After a concept and more teasers than we can count over the course of a couple of years, Audi has finally revealed the E-Tron GT. With Audi and Porshce being under the same parent company, it’s no surprise that the E-Tron and Porshce Taycan share some of the most expensive bits under the skin. So is the Audi E-Tron GT just a rebadged Taycan, or is there more to it? Well, truth be told, there’s a hell of a lot more to it.

Before I dive too deep into some specs, yes I will admit that the Prosche Taycan is more powerful than the E-Tron Gt in some forms, and it does offer more torque. The Taycan is even faster to 60 mph than its E-Tron equivalent. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better. In fact, one could argue that the Audi T-Tron is definitely sportier and even more attractive. Even better yet, it’s about the size of the A7, give or take an inch here or there, so there’s plenty of space inside. So, what makes the E-Tron better? Well, it offers up more range as long as Audi hasn’t made the same mistake Porsche did before it released the Taycan.

I’ll be the first to admit that I laughed and criticized Porsche for the downright laughable range offered by the Taycan. 227 miles at best – a figure that can be beat by $40,000 commuters – isn’t exactly what we expected in the late 20-teens. Now that the E-Tron has been revealed, I have to admit that I’m a little impressed. If Audi’s predictions hold up, the E-Tron GT will offer as much as 298 miles on a single charge. The more powerful RS E-Tron GT comes in at 232 miles of range. In comparison, the Taycan 4S will net you just 227 miles on a good day (71 miles shy) while the Taycan Turbo falls 20 miles short of the RS E-Tron GT. Of course, I should point out that the E-Tron’s figures are based on Europe’s WLTP scale which is very lenient when it comes to electric range.  Real world range for the E-Tron will likely be somewhere in the range of 250 mile for the base model and 220 or so for the RS model.

I’ll be the first to admit that I laughed and criticized Porsche for the downright laughable range offered by the Taycan. 227 miles at best – a figure that can be beat by $40,000 commuters – isn’t exactly what we expected in the late 20-teens. Now that the E-Tron has been revealed, I have to admit that I’m a little impressed.

If Audi’s predictions hold up, the E-Tron GT will offer as much as 298 miles on a single charge. The more powerful RS E-Tron GT comes in at 232 miles of range. In comparison, the Taycan 4S will net you just 227 miles on a good day (71 miles shy) while the Taycan Turbo falls 20 miles short of the RS E-Tron GT.

Of course, I should point out that the E-Tron’s figures are based on Europe’s WLTP scale which is very lenient when it comes to electric range.  Real world range for the E-Tron will likely be somewhere in the range of 250 mile for the base model and 220 or so for the RS model.

How can the Base E-Tron GT offer up to 70 miles of range over the Taycan despite offering up 40 extra horses and falling just a few pound-feet short in the Torque department? That’s a good question, but part of it boils down to the E-Trons impressive drag coefficient of just 0.24. The E-Tron is still one-tenth of a second slower to 60 mph than the Taycan, but that’s a small price to pay for having all that extra range on hand.

Overall, I have to mark the E-Tron as the better model. Design-wise the E-Tron trupms the Taycan in every way. In terms of performance it does fall just a hair short, but all that extra range goes a long way – literally. Here’s a list of the full specs so you can compare the E-Tron and Taycan yourself:

Audi E-Tron GTAudi RS E-Tron GTPorsche Taycan 4SPorsche Taycan Turbo
Horsepower469 HP590 HP429 HP616 HP
Torque464 LB-FT612 LB-FT472 :B-FT626 LB-FT
Overboost HP522 HP637 HP522 HP670 HP
Overboost Torque472 LB-FT612 LB-FT472 LB-FT626 LB-FT
0-60 MPH3.9 Seconds3.1 Seconds3.8 Seconds3.0 Seconds
Top Speed152 MPH155 MPH155 MPH161 MPH
Range298 Miles (WLTP)232 Miles227 Miles212 Miles
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