At the ongoing Los Angeles Motor Show, Audi revealed to the world its second all-electric offering: the Audi e-Tron GT. This electric sedan is poised to take on the Tesla Model S.
The Audi e-Tron GT is a show of intent from the company that it aims to rival the current world leaders in the electric car business. With the unveiling of the GT, Audi is going directly against the Tesla Model S, Fisker EMotion, and its very own cousin the Porsche Taycan. Since only the Model S is currently in production, this leaves Audi and Tesla in the ring.
Both the electric sports sedans share a lot of common features such as four doors, dual motors for all-wheel-drive, spirited performance, and so on. They also have key differences of their own. The Audi leans more towards the “sports” side of the sports sedan segment, while the Tesla favours the latter. The thickest possibility of cross-shopping lies between the e-Tron GT and the Model S 75D, since this variant of the Tesla is closest to the Audi in terms of features.
To begin with, the Audi has a 90kWh battery pack that can last 400km under the WLTP cycle. The 75kWh-equipped Model S is rated for 416km, with EPA ratings considered to be more accurate than WLTP.
Charging times are another key metric by which electric vehicles are measured. Tesla does not publish specific numbeers, instead claiming that the Model S can recharge “270km in 30 minutes”. This figure could only apply to the 100D variant though. The Audi e-Tron GT claims a time of 20 minutes for an 80 percent charge. Above the threshold, how fast the charging rate will be is unknown. And by the time first deliveries of the GT begin by early 2021, Tesla will have substantially improved its own charging technology.
Coming to the performance part, the e-Tron GT has a clear edge. It can go from zero to 100kph in 3.6 seconds and tops out at 240kph. The Model S can clock the ton in 4.2 seconds with a 225kph top speed. Audi also claims its electric GT can continue to perform at its peak without having to make adjustments. This is a dig at Tesla, whose full-size sedan cuts back power after a certain period of hardd usage to protect itself.
The two continue trading punches as we scroll down the feature list. The Model S seats five people comfortable while the GT may only seat four people, with a fifth passenger eating into the comfort of others. The American EV also boasts of a larger cargo capacity as opposed to the German.
Which of these two cars win can only be decided by the specific needs and desires of the buyer. The Tesla is more about everyday usability and sedate design while the Audi puts the emphasis on performance and style. Either way, some healthy competition is good for both companies as well as consumers, and the success of the newcomer on the scene will definitely sound the death knell for internal combustion.