At $139,900, the RS e-tron GT costs exactly $40,000 more than the base model. It also slots cleanly between the $103,800 Porsche Taycan 4S and the $150,900 Taycan Turbo. The Audi creeps a bit close to the Taycan Turbo’s pricing, but it does boast a better range and only marginally lower performance. Factoring in Porsche’s expensive optional extras, the RS e-tron GT looks like a relative bargain.
But there’s still the elephant in the room; the recently-revealed Tesla Model S Plaid, which outperforms the Audi for just $90 more. Tesla promises that its top-performing Model S will deliver over 1,100 horsepower (in Plaid+ guise), more than 520 miles of range, a 200 mph top speed, and a sub-two-second 0-60 mph time. The standard tri-motor Plaid model will still outperform the RS e-tron GT with a lower $119,990 price. With such staggering metrics coming from Tesla, Audi may still face an uphill battle here.