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Audi RS Q3 Disappoints In Drag Race Vs T-Roc R, AMG G63, BMW M340i

Carwow has been pumping out drag race videos like there’s no tomorrow, and this four-car lineup might be the weirdest so far. That’s because we have four-, five- six-, and eight-cylinder cars at the drag strip, with two compact crossovers, a big SUV, and a midsize wagon. They’re all part of the Carwow’s long-term test fleet, so what better way to evaluate them if not but doing a drag race?

The big brute of the group, the AMG G63, has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 585 horsepower and 850 Newton-meters (627 pound-feet) of torque. It’s obviously by far the most powerful of the lot, but it’s also the heaviest, at a whopping 2, 550 kilograms (5,622 pounds).

At the other end of the spectrum, the car with the smallest engine is Volkswagen’s T-Roc R equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill. It’s good for 300 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) in a crossover that tips the scales at 1,570 kg (3,461 pounds).

Another model from the VW Group that joined the drag race is the Audi RS Q3 in the swoopy Sportback shape and with a Turbo Blue paint. Its excellent inline-five 2.5-liter turbo makes 400 hp and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque to move 1,700 kg (3,748 lbs) of crossover metal assembled in Gyor, Hungary.

The only car that doesn’t sit high is the BMW M340i in the long-roof Touring flavor with a turbocharged inline-six 3.0-liter producing a healthy 374 hp and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft). The Bavarian wagon weighs 1,750 kg (3,858 lbs), so it’s heavier than the two crossovers but much lighter than Affalterbach’s boxy G.

While we obviously weren’t expecting the RS Q3 Sportback to beat the BMW, let alone the AMG, it’s a bit surprising it lost to the T-Roc R as well. The Audi was disappointingly slow to react at the start of the drag race and it never managed to catch up, ending dead last. The culprit could be the launch control system and/or the seven-speed S Tronic gearbox, but whatever it was, seeing it lose to the VW might come as a shock to some.

It was ultimately a battle between the G63 and the M340i, which the latter won thanks to a much more aerodynamic body and having to carry around 800 kg less than the SUV. The Bimmer completed the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds, with the AMG needing an extra tenth of a second. As for the T-Roc R, it finished third in 12.8 seconds or 0.1s quicker than the RS Q3 Sportback.

Carwow then moved on to a rolling race from 50 mph where the Audi fared better, but it was another win for the BMW in the end. The rolling race was repeated, this time with the cars in sport mode instead of normal. Guess what? The M340i won this one as well.

If there is a silver lining for Audi fans, the RS Q3 Sportback did manage to win a duel by needing the shortest distance to come to a full stop in a brake test. However, the BMW M340i Touring was the undisputed winner here.

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Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.