It’s no surprise that modern performance cars are faster than ever before. With the newest performance technology being far superior to anything that’s come before, cars have become absurdly fast over the past couple of years. Especially for brands like Audi, which has been coming out with some seriously quick cars as of late. So we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the fastest Audis of all time.
To do so, we decided to look at factory-claimed 0-60 mph times, as they’re the most consistent performance metrics we can find. While many publications have recorded performance metrics faster than what Audi’s claimed, they vary greatly and we can’t confirm testing conditions. So we’re just going to use what Audi has claimed for each car.
Let’s get started.
5. 2019 Audi RS3
One of the more surprising cars on this list is the Audi RS3. Not only is it one of the brand’s cheapest performance cars but it’s also one of the smallest. The plucky little RS3 sports a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. All of that power helps it get from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. For a tiny car, that’s rocket-ship fast and it’s the fastest car in its segment.
4. 2017 Audi S8 Plus
The 2017 Audi S8 Plus isn’t currently in production anymore, and is already set to be replaced by the new S8, but it’s still one of the very fastest Audi models ever made. Thanks to its monstrous 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 making just over 600 hp, the massive S8 Plus was capable of 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. That’s remarkable in a sedan that’s as big and heavy as the S8.
3. 2020 Audi RS7 Sportback/Audi RS6 Avant/Audi TT RS
Tied for third place are three currentofferings from Audi, both the all-new RS7 Sportback and RS6 Avant and the TT RS. The former two are mechanical siblings, using an all-new 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 making 591 hp and 59 lb-ft of torque. While the latter is uses a small 2.5 liter turbo-five making 400 hp and 354 lb-ft. It shows the weight advantage of the TT RS, as all three can get to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.
2. 2014 Audi R8 Competition
Still one of the fastest cars Audi has ever made is the 2014 R8 Competition. The Audi R8 Competition was the fastest car the brand had ever made back when it launched in 2014. Its 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 made a very healthy 570 hp which, when combined with a relatively low curb weight, helped it reach 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, which is still plenty fast today. Though, there’s still one car faster.
1. 2019 Audi R8 V10 Performance
Okay, so Audi claims that the current R8 V10 Performance is exactly as fast as the old R8 Competition. So why did we put it higher on the list? Because this new R8 V10 Performance is well-known to be much faster than that in reality. We’ve seen consistent 0-60 mph times of under three seconds, even some nailing 2.8 seconds. So while we said we would only use factory claimed times, we have to give the new R8 the tie-breaker because know for certain that Audi’s factory time is very conservative. So while it might need an asterisk in this list, the new Audi R8 V10 Performance is unquestionably the fastest production Audi ever made. Let’s hope some sort of e-tron model changes that in the future.