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.