Audi RS6 Avant Drag Races Lamborghini Urus With Surprising Outcome

The Audi RS6 Avant and Lamborghini Urus are among the most desirable cars offered by the Volkswagen Group. Even though one is a wagon and the other an SUV, they’re both crazy-fast vehicles offering a high level of practicality wrapped up in a luxurious package. While a drag race doesn’t tell the whole story in regards to a car’s performance, it’s an entertaining way to see a heavy wagon and an even heavier SUV at each other’s throats.

They most certainly are heavy, with the RS6 Avant tipping the scales at 2,075 kilograms (4,574 pounds) and the Lamborghini Urus at a whopping 2,200 kg (4,850 pounds). Despite weighing just about as much as the moon, both deliver supercar-like acceleration by taking a mere 3.6 seconds to 62 mph (100 km/h). Surely a drag race would be neck and neck, right? Well, it isn’t. At least not this one.

Archie Hamilton Racing pitted the RS6 Avant against the Urus, but to our surprise, the duel had an obvious winner. Yes, the Italian SUV has an extra 50 horsepower and 50 Newton-meters (37 pound-feet) of torque, but it also has to carry around an extra 125 kilograms (265 pounds). Many would expect an extremely close drag race, but Audi Sport’s wagon didn’t stand a chance.

In the first drag race, the Urus launched like a rocket and continued to increase the gap up until the end. Even in the second duel when the RS6 Avant had a better start, it still wasn’t enough to keep up the pace with the raging bull on stilts.

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The battle between the two high-end VAG models then continued with a rolling start from 30 mph (48 km/h). While the man behind the Urus promised to leave it in auto, he changed his mind at the last minute and switched to manual. His attempt at cheating backfired, causing him to lose the race after losing precious time at the beginning of the rolling race.

The duel was repeated with both cars in automatic, and while the RS6 managed to put up a good fight, it ultimately lost to the all-conquering Lamborghini Urus. We’re anxious to see Audi’s version of the Urus, the RS Q8, dueling its platform-sharing cousin. It’s likely a matter of time before someone will line up these two high-performance SUVs at the drag strip.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.