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Should you choose the Audi RS e-tron GT or Audi R8 Performance

Should you choose the Audi RS e-tron GT or Audi R8 Performance

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Though for many, a high-capacity engine remains the ultimate way of getting your thrills, there’s a growing emergence of performance electric cars .

The performance and supercar world is changing.

A few years ago, if you wanted something that could provide plenty of pace, a big powerful engine was always the way to go. 

Though for many, a high-capacity engine remains the ultimate way of getting your thrills, there’s a growing emergence of performance electric cars aiming to satisfy those wanting a more futuristic and eco-friendly experience. That’s why we’re pitching Audi’s RS e-tron GT EV against the Audi R8 supercar. Let’s see what they both bring to the table. 


Exterior

Audi RS e-tron GT

These are two very different takes on the performance car formula, not just when it comes to what powers them but also the way they look. 

The R8 adopts the traditional two-seat supercar formula, and though it might have been around since 2015, Audi has continued to evolve the design, with its large Singeframe grille, Matrix LED headlights and low profile really making it look the part. You can also choose it as both a Coupe and also a convertible Spyder too, with the latter model adding even more drama to its design. 

The RS e-tron GT is a rather different kettle of fish, mainly because it’s a more practicality-focused option. Using the same underpinnings as the Porsche Taycan, this EV is more than 50cm longer than the R8, while adding a set of rear doors to increase day-to-day use – it’s a performance car you could use as your everyday family car. With its sleek design, wild lights and cool closed-off Singleframe grille, it’s an absolutely stunning piece of design. 


Interior

The interiors of these two performance cars are rather different, too. Let’s start with the R8, which has a more minimalist design than many of its most current models. There’s no touchscreen and not even an infotainment display, but instead there is a large digital cockpit ahead of the driver that relays all key information. A sports steering wheel, a low-set seating position and stunning material quality all help the R8’s interior feel very special. 

The cabin of the RS e-tron GT feels equally stunning, though has a more high-tech feel to it, headed up Audi’s large multimedia display and a superb digital instrument cluster. Unlike other EVs, it still sits low to the floor, achieved by putting the batteries as low as possible into the design. The fit and finish remains exemplary as well. 


Technology

If you want all the latest technology, it’s hard to go wrong with the RS e-tron GT, as it offers a raft of the latest features and makes the car feel as modern as its underpinnings. 

The touchscreen and dials offer huge levels of functions and personalisation, while a three-year subscription to Audi Connect services are included too. Other features on offer include a superb Bang & Olufsen sound system, along with a raft of safety technology, including Night Vision and an advanced adaptive cruise control. 


Powertrains

Audi R8

But it’s what under the bonnet of these two Audis that really separates them. Let’s begin with the R8, which continues to use a tremendous naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10. Available with rear-wheel-drive and 562bhp, or the flagship Performance version with four-wheel-drive and a 612bhp, the R8 is certainly a true supercar. It’s absolutely rapid too – taking just three seconds to sprint to 60mph and capable of a top speed of 205mph.

Moving over to the RS e-tron GT, this offers some equally wild performance, as its twin electric motors generate a mammoth 637bhp, which is more than the R8, and brings it in close contention for outright pace, with 0-60mph taking just 3.3 seconds. The top speed is slightly lower at 155mph, while it can manage a claimed 283 miles from a single charge. 

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