Tesla has become the benchmark for electrification due to how far it has pushed its vehicles in terms of range, infrastructure support, and performance with no gas or diesel engine in sight.
Recently, it has just raised the bar with the Tesla Model S P100D which is now known as the third quickest production vehicle in the world as it could sprint from 0 to 60mph in 2.5 seconds.
With this, the latest Tesla fighter – dubbed the Audi A9 – would only come as more flattery for the Palo Alto automaker. Slated to arrive at the end of the decade, it would look like peanuts to Tesla by the time it shows up.
And it’s going to arrive at about the same time as the Porsche Mission E. Like its fellow German Tesla fighter, the Audi A9 would boast 310 miles of range from its 95kWh battery, but in terms of output it falls short.
It’s three electric motors – two up front and one at the back – delivers a total of 429hp, a lot less than the 600hp Porsche churns out from its permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) taken from the Porsche 919 Hybrid race car that conquered Le Mans last year.
Whether or not these attempts from the Volkswagen-owned brands could match up to Tesla is hardly worth the debate – they won’t. But it’s worth acknowledging that through this, Tesla is successfully pushing the market forward in terms of electrification.