A drag race between the Audi TT RS and an R8 V10 Plus wouldn’t normally make a lot of sense because the latter would obliterate the former in the quarter-mile test. However, we’re not dealing with a stock version of the “baby R8” as it’s the ABT-tuned model, dubbed TT RS-R. In addition, the inline-five coupe has been modified furthermore by MRC Tuning.
The end result is a TT that packs 610 horsepower to perfectly match that R8 with its eccentric teal body finish and gold Rotiform wheels. Both have Quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with launch control, but the engines are entirely different. While the TT RS’s 2.5-liter mill is turbocharged, the R8 rocks a much larger 5.2-liter V10 without forced induction.
The fact it has been tuned not once, but twice gives the TT RS an advantage as you can squeeze a lot more torque from a turbocharged engine compared to a naturally aspirated unit. Case in point, the Tourist Trophy offers a whopping 780 Newton-meters (575 pound-feet) or a full 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) over the standard model. The R8 V10 Plus has to make do with “only” 480 Nm (354 lb-ft).
There’s also the issue of weight to take into consideration, with the mid-engined supercar having to carry around an extra 200 kilograms (441 pounds) over the front-engined coupe.
In what is one of the most exciting drag races ever organized by Carwow, the two were neck and neck throughout the whole quarter mile run. You’ll notice the TT RS’ gear changes were rather brutal, but it still managed to take the win thanks to a slightly better start. The two cars then changed positions and the results were reversed, possibility due to the fact one side of the road was drier than the other.
In the best two out of three duel, Mat Watson’s perfect launch helped him obtain an advantage at the beginning, which he protected until the end of the race. There wasn’t much between the two, with the TT RS completing the standing quarter mile in 10.8 seconds whereas the R8 needed an extra tenth of a second.
The larger V10 with its ample midrange power and no turbo lag to worry about was in another league compared to the 2.5 TFSI in the two rolling races, allowing Ingolstadt’s supercar to win both duels without breaking a sweat. The two brake tests from 70 mph had the same winner, with the R8 needing a shorter distance to reach a full stop. That might come as a bit of a surprise seeing as how the R8 was much heavier and the TT RS also had carbon ceramic brakes like its bigger brother.
The real winner here is Audi’s Quattro as even though the road was soaking wet, the two contenders remained perfectly stable under hard acceleration.