It’s stylish, and despite the rakish roofline pretty spacious in the front with good enough head room, and adequate head room in the rear. Even though the floor is what’s filled with batteries, there’s still a big centre console, aping a transmission tunnel, but that helps generate the individual cockpit sort of feel that’s probably right for this kind of driver’s car. 

There are a good many physical buttons too, which helps, though I did like the old rotary dial of Audi’s multimedia interface – still there to supplement a touchscreen it’d be spot on, but I don’t want to grumble about a car that thankfully retains so many physical buttons.

One of them changes the drive modes, which adjust comfort and steering weight but the general character remains the same. And in both, it is, it’s fair to say, a character set reasonably well apart from the Porsche. 

Not in terms of performance, you understand. There’s not a lot they can do about that, one suspects. A motor makes its motory power and although there’s noise augmentation, the sci-fi whoosh isn’t enough to separate these cars apart. Despite the RS’s 2347kg kerb weight, it goes like the clappers: 0-62mph in 3.3sec kind of clappers.

Power is delivered impeccably smoothly and quietly. And on the rare occasions the car does select first on the rear gear (standing start or dynamic modes at slow speeds), as in the Taycan you’ll be pushed to tell.

You can pull a left steering-wheel paddle to increase the level of throttle-off retardation, though the RS E-tron GT never gets anywhere near being one-pedal driving, which I think is a shame, even though I like the current default deceleration, which has the car coasting when you lift off, so it feels like an automatic internally combusted car.

I think Audi has worked to make the rest of the dymamics feel as ICE-Audi-ish and un-weird as possible too, for those coming to the E-tron GT from another Audi. And here’s where those initial fears about character have been allayed. Although who would be more fearful: Porsche that their car felt like an Audi, or Audi that theirs felt like a Porsche? Probably Porsche.

Anyway, the way in which the E-tron GT steers could only be from Audi. It has that lightness off of straight-ahead, a real directness early on, and a remoteness the Taycan avoids that just goes to show they must make all Audis do that on purpose. 



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