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The technology sitting underneath Audi’s recently unveiled e-Tron GT concept was developed in close collaboration with the Taycan. As they are built upon very similar platforms, it’s important to determine what has been shared between them.

Both premium electrics will be using an 800V battery system which will enable an 80% battery charge in just 20 minutes. Porsche claims that the Taycan may potentially be even shorter, around 15 minutes with their new ultra-fast charging network. We have yet to see any real world testing of these new superchargers, however. The layout of the battery pack is nearly identical in both models, with the intention of providing ample space to rear passengers.

Dual motor all-wheel drive will be the basis of their powerplants and the outlined performance specs have been rated similarly. Porsche has said the Taycan will have around 600 hp, while Audi states 590 hp. We’ve been told that both will be capable of a 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds.

Although they are using the same battery pack and motor configuration, they are looking to take owners much different distances. The e-Tron GT has been set at 248 miles according to the WLTP while the Taycan has a range of more than 310 miles, based upon the older NEDC standard. Real-world range could end up a bit short of both these estimates.

One of the key areas where they differ is with the suspension system. Audi has stressed that their engineers have tuned the air-suspension in the GT differently to ensure that the two EV’s remain distinct. In fact, Audi and Porsche are consulting every few weeks to make sure the two cars remain very different inside and out.

The most noticeable difference between these two electrics is with the exterior styling. The e-Tron GT has sharper, more aggressive lines while the Taycan features subtle curves, echoing that of the Panamera. Buyers will need to determine whether they prefer the more angular bodywork from Audi or the smooth, flowing design from Porsche.

Neither automaker has officially priced their new EV, but they are expected to start above $75,000 in base trim. Fully equipped we could easily see them break the $100,000 bracket, as both brands are notorious for upselling on premium features. We should see production models from each automaker debut in 2020.

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I am curious to see how what each delivers with real world range. I do think the discrepancy between the e-Tron GT and Taycan is mostly due to the different testing cycles that have been used. My guess is that GT will also be the cheaper EV of the two.
 

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I do wish that Porsche had done a bit more to differentiate the Taycan from other models in their lineup. I know for production costs they are probably trying to reuse certain components and body panels, but its already looking much more traditional that the initial Mission E concept.
 

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That would be very un Porsche, their entire line share similar styling traits. They've not really gone out and differentiated any one car from the others.
 

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I do wish that Porsche had done a bit more to differentiate the Taycan from other models in their lineup. I know for production costs they are probably trying to reuse certain components and body panels, but its already looking much more traditional that the initial Mission E concept.
Its what car makers do, at some point they have to follow the cookie cutter model. Without they just couldn't move models at high volumes.
 

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While EV's do present an opportunity to create more original designs, Porsche is a brand that thrives on working with already established design cues. Even the new 992 has only seen modest updates as they have to appease purists.
 

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There are probably a good number of Porsche loyalists who don't have any interest in electrified models. I do think that high end variants should consider some sort of sound generator for a simulated exhaust note.
 

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I think the changes they have made for the 992 are great, aside from the gear shifter. Even entry level models are now as capable as the previous gen 911 GTS.
 

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I think the changes they have made for the 992 are great, aside from the gear shifter. Even entry level models are now as capable as the previous gen 911 GTS.
Sometimes base versions or just lower trims get purposefully ugly treatment to prepare for the upsell. You can bet GT3 versions will be different.
 

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Porsche has already said that they are currently developing a hybrid variant of the 911 as well. Though it seems a production model is still 4+ years away.
 

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Porsche has already said that they are currently developing a hybrid variant of the 911 as well. Though it seems a production model is still 4+ years away.
I'm a bit hopeful it will release sooner, but waiting for word from one of the Porsche executives when they announce the other 911 models we're waiting on next, might reveal more about this hybridized version. So far they've stayed quiet but will likely be put on the spot within the coming months.
 

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There is no need to rush the hybrid 911 to market, as they already have a good number of hybrid models in their lineup. I saw rumored power outputs of up to 700hp, so a later release may result in cheaper production costs.
 

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Sometimes base versions or just lower trims get purposefully ugly treatment to prepare for the upsell. You can bet GT3 versions will be different.

What treatment is purposefully ugly about the base 992 you're talking about? Or the 991 for that matter? Unless the ugly treatment you're talking about pertains to HP, I see no difference.
 

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What treatment is purposefully ugly about the base 992 you're talking about? Or the 991 for that matter? Unless the ugly treatment you're talking about pertains to HP, I see no difference.
Minus the steering wheel, the dashboard and center console looks like it belongs in an SUV and not a 911 and that stubby shifter doesn't help.
 
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