This is very much a David and Goliath drag race. The Ford Focus RS is a very good car, with its punchy turbocharged four-cylinder engine and brilliant all-wheel drive system. However, it’s a small hatchback with a six-speed manual that can be tricky to launch. The Audi SQ7 TDI is a massive triple-turbocharged V8 diesel-powered SUV with Quattro all-wheel drive, an automatic gearbox and launch control. So it will be really quite interesting to see which is fastest in a quarter-mile.
Under the hood of the Ford Focus RS is a 2.3 liter turbocharged four-pot that makes 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. As previously mentioned, it’s paired with a six-speed and a very tricky all-wheel drive system. It’s the hottest hatchback currently on sale and, according to Ford, can get from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
As for the Audi SQ7 TDI, it uses a 4.0 liter tri-turbocharged V8 diesel engine. It has two conventional turbochargers with one electric one that adds power and zero rpm, to basically remove turbo lag. That monstrous engine makes 435 hp and a planet-pulling 664 lb-ft of torque. That’s paired with an eight-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive, with launch control. Audi also claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds. But which is faster in a quarter-mile? Top Gear finds out.
At the start of the race, the Focus RS jumps the start and takes a commanding lead. Its lighter weight and stickier tires allows it to fire off the line like a house fly. However, after just a few seconds, the Audi SQ7 TDI’s might V8 powers it ahead and takes the win. It’s not really a result that surprised us, as light weight usually wins in 0-60 races but big power wins at higher speed.
Still, it’s cool to see a massive diesel-powered SUV, lined with luxury and technology, take down one of this year’s most exciting sports cars.