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Porsche Taycan and Audi e-Tron GT: an electric family tree

Perhaps more than any luxury manufacturer, Audi has pushed to make its EVs comforting and accessible: the e-Trons are the first Audis, the electric cars the second. The original e-Tron SUVs, in particular, will pass for the same Audis that haunt every fair-trade coffee roaster and school pick-up line in America.

The e-Tron GT maintains that philosophy, housing its electric technology in a voluptuous Grand Tourer body and a comforting blanket of Audi luxury. Only this time it’s impossible to ignore the monsters below, which wake up with every thrust of your right foot: twin electric motors that peak at 637 horsepower in the RS version. Before you know it, the monster is devouring 60 mph, a 3.1-second uprising that you’ll hold onto forever. Thank goodness for huge, optional carbon-ceramic brakes, their powerful stance welcomes fast, mini-Alpine descents in the Hudson Valley.

Add the Audi and Porsche to a growing list of 2.5-ton electric sedans with wild acceleration. The RS e-Tron immediately becomes the most powerful Audi in history, surpassing two petrol stable mates who are also fathers of Papa VW: the R8 V-10 and Lamborghini Huracán supercars. The Audi GT costs less, although that’s relative, starting at $103,445. That adds up to $140,945 for the RS version and $161,890 for my option-packed RS.

Audi engineers tuned their own adjustable air suspension for a slightly softer, luxurious cruiser vibe. The steering is creamy and precise, but conveys less of a pure fingertip feel than the benchmark Porsche. The standard of the RS rear wheel steering put tires in the opposite direction of the front wheels at speeds up to 50 mph to gain maneuverability or shorten a turning circle, then rotate tires parallel past 50 mph for stability.

Unlike Porsche’s engine-based digital soundtrack, Audi’s sound designers developed an acceleration tune that drivers perform with their right foot, through the sparkling Bang & Olufsen audio system. Audi experimented with multiple instruments, including a didgeridoo, before creating a digital mix of 32 sounds, both natural and synthesized, including a cordless screwdriver and a fan that pushed air through an organ-like pipe. The riff, which responds algorithmically to vehicle performance, can be lowered or turned off. Unlike some raspy EV soundtracks, it’s cool in modest doses, reminiscent of an unearthly chorus from a space opera by Benjamin Britten.

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