Audi RS e-tron GT Review 2024

Audi RS e-tron GT At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
An electrically charged sports car with a GT character, the Audi RS e-tron GT combines practicality with driving thrills. But its undisputed excellence doesn’t come cheap.

+Zero emissions with near-supercar performance. Decent interior space. Long-distance comfort.

-Expensive compared to other sports cars. Back seats are cramped for taller adults.

New prices start from £112,250

The Audi e-tron GT is the firm’s answer for those who want driving enjoyment from an electric vehicle. It also ticks the ‘grand tourer’ box by being relatively practical. And for those demanding even more excitement, there’s the RS e-tron GT. It boasts up to 598PS and a 0-62mph time of just 3.3 seconds, plus that shove-you-back-in-your-seat feeling of electric performance.

As our Audi RS e-tron GT review will explain, it is essentially a Porsche Taycan in a different suit, but don’t think it’s anything inferior to its Stuttgart stablemate. Where the Porsche is all curves and athleticism, the Audi looks more brash, with bold lines and plenty of presence.

It’s a stark contrast with some of Audi’s blander electric models, both in looks and in the way it drives. That’s even more the case with the mighty RS version, which takes on some of the fastest electric cars around.

For years, Audi RS models have been sporty, luxurious and often a bit loud; in fact most of them still are. So the question is whether an electric model is deserving of the RS badge.

If you believe an RS needs to make lots of noise, then you probably don’t think it is. But the German engineers have focused on performance and the Audi RS e-tron GT delivers on that and more.

Sitting on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan and using the same 800V architecture and 93.4kWh battery (83.7kWh of which is usable), the figures for the Audi RS e-tron GT are impressive.

We’re talking 598PS, 830Nm of torque and a sprint to 62mph in 3.6 seconds. Hit the boost button and you can shave a further three-tenths off, down to just 3.3 seconds.

Even with these numbers, the Audi RS e-tron GT can achieve up to 293 miles on a full charge and, if you can find a charger to give it the maximum 270kW input, it will refill from 5-80% in just over 22 minutes.

This is proper sports car territory, but this isn’t a sports car. Rather, it’s a five-door fastback saloon with lots of space up front and decent room for those sitting in the back.

It’ll gently potter into town, straight past any low-emission zone cameras, and once there it’s got enough sensors to make parking a breeze. Drive it sensibly and you’ll keep going past lesser EVs while their owners are sipping on a Costa at the charge point.

Admittedly, all this ability comes at a price, with Audi RS e-tron GT models starting at £118,285. However, you won’t pay far off that today for a Tesla Model S today – and that’s only available in left-hand drive now.

Even so, we can’t deny six figures is a lot of money, and if it’s driving thrills you are after, you can also find those in much cheaper Audi RS models. Still, none of them delivers zero-emission thrills or the adrenaline rush of near-silent electric acceleration.

You’d assume that the Audi RS e-tron GT’s biggest rival is the Porsche Taycan, but we would give that accolade to the BMW i4 M50.

This Gran Coupe model has a driving range of 318 miles, will sprint to 62mph in 3.9 seconds and scores even higher when it comes to practicality. The BMW doesn’t have the head-turning looks, but it definitely has the personality to match the Audi.

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