If the Audi e-tron GT raises one question more than any other, it is simply this: why not buy a Porsche Taycan instead? Under the skin these electric four-door coupés are as close as makes very little difference indeed, but the Porsche provides a far wider model range – with versions both more powerful and more affordable than anything Audi has to offer – as well as two body styles with the recent introduction of the Taycan GranTurismo. And, well, it’s a Porsche and comes ready made with an as-yet unchallenged reputation to be the best electric car yet offered for sale.
If there is an answer, it lies in the detail. In engineering terms, there are only two kinds of e-tron GT, the base car which retails for £79,000, and the RS version which costs £111,950 before you start adding packages to it. The car I tested was in Carbon Vorsprung guise, which will set you back £133,340 before any extras.
With the standard car the important point to remember is that unlike the base Taycan, it comes with four-wheel drive, the long-range battery and two electric motors as standard. It has 120 additional horsepower too, which is not bad given the quite modest £9000 premium charged over the Porsche. Its real rival is the similarly powerful Taycan 4S, but Porsche not only charges almost £4000 more for that, you’ll still have to pay extra for the big battery. The RS version is equivalent to the Taycan Turbo and offers a little less power for a little less money.