Even though they’re both performance cars, the Audi RS6 Avant and Porsche 911 don’t really have much else in common. One is a wagon that can comfortably seat five people and loads of luggage while the other has a 2+2 layout with minimal rear legroom and a tiny trunk. That’s why we don’t necessarily with the video’s host as he implies people are cross-shopping the RS6 with a Nine Eleven.
YouTuber 888MF decided to pit Ingolstadt’s latest and greatest super wagon against a previous-generation 911 in the Turbo S Cabriolet flavor to see which one would be faster in a drag race. Taking into account they both have roughly the same power but one is much heavier than the other, the outcome is pretty obvious.
Let’s have a look at the numbers, shall we? The sports car from Stuttgart has a twin-turbo 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with 580 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque channeled to both axles through a seven-speed PDK. In the other corner, the RS6 Avant has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 591 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) delivered to the Quattro system via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Looking solely at these numbers, you’d think the RS6 would have the advantage in the drag race thanks to its bigger engine with more power. However, while the speedy Avant is a porker at 2,075 kilograms (4,575 pounds), the droptop from Zuffenhausen is much lighter, at 1,623 kg (3,578 lbs). A whopping 452 kg (996 lbs) weight difference is nothing to sneeze at.
In both drag races, the RS6 Avant simply didn’t stand a chance. The extra weight it had to carry around was obvious right from the start until the very end as the 911 was much quicker throughout the entire duel. With the specs sheets showing a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) of 3.6 seconds for the Audi and a full second less for the Porsche, the end result is not surprising.
Nevertheless, it’s still interesting to see the gap between a performance-oriented wagon and a fully fledged supercar. We’re waiting for someone to do a rolling race because the weight difference wouldn’t count as much, while the RS6’s bigger and more powerful engine could help it stand a better chance.