The future is fast, but the past sounds so good!
Audi, like the majority of major manufacturers, is making the switch over to electric power and is currently spearheading the movement in Europe, alongside brands such as Volkswagen and Volvo. Whereas other brands have focused on producing efficient and affordable EVs, Audi has been pushing for performance, and the Audi RS e-tron GT is the end result. This all-electric GT sports sedan packs a massive punch of power, and will put most gas-powered sports cars to shame, but is it quick enough to dethrone the Audi R8 Coupe as the quickest four-ringer on the market? In a video posted to YouTube by Auditograhy, we get to find out...
But first, let's look at the figures. The Audi RS e-tron GT makes use of dual electric motors and a 93.4 kWh battery pack, and produces 590 horsepower and 612 lb-ft, rising to 637 hp thanks to an overboost function active when launch control is engaged. It sends this power to all four wheels via a two-speed automatic transmission at the rear and a single-speed drive up front. This allows the RS e-tron GT to sprint to sixty in only 3.1 seconds, and go on to a top speed of a limited 155 mph. The Audi R8 V10 in the video is a Green Hell special edition and produces 611 horses and 413 lb-ft of torque in Performance guise which it sends to all fours via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The R8 will reach 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and top out at 205 mph.
So, on to the race! In the video we see the cars line up on a gorgeous road. The cars are set off by a simple hand drop, and the RS e-tron GT grabs an early lead and opens up a gap on the R8 which eventually stretches to two car lengths. According to the stats, the RS e-tron GT managed a 0-62 mph sprint of only 2.85 seconds, beating the R8's time of 2.95 seconds. The 0-124 mph sprint took the electric car 9.91 seconds and the R8 10.20 seconds. The RS E-Tron GT decimated the quarter-mile in only 10.69 seconds (on an unprepared road), while the R8 crossed the line in 10.95 seconds.
The numbers and video speak for themselves, as electricity has beaten gasoline yet again in all areas except noise. It's yet another sad day for gearheads everywhere.