Top Gear Speed Week: Audi RS6 Avant vs Porsche Taycan

To say we’re jealous of Top Gear would be a gross understatement. The sheer volume of epic cars they get to test is truly unmatched in the industry and that’s no better evidenced than by this comparison: the Audi RS6 Avant vs Porsche Taycan.


As part of TG’s Speed Week, the RS6 and Taycan were among the cars available to compare. How could they resist, comparing a 600 horsepower all-wheel drive wagon versus a nearly 700 horsepower all-wheel drive electric sedan. The comparison doesn’t’ really make sense but that’s also why it’s so much fun.


The Audi RS6 Avant is a very different animal than the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. The Audi uses an old-school muscular V8 with 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That big brute sends its power through an eight-speed automatic to all four wheels, via Quattro and a limited-slip rear diff. While the Porsche Taycan uses two electric motors, one front and one rear, that combine 750 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque.


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Obviously, the Taycan is the faster car, getting from 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, which is more than a full second faster than the Audi RS6 Avant. However, the RS6 is no slouch and surprisingly fun in the corners. Previous RS6 Avants were more straight line bruisers than corner-carvers. This new one, though, enjoys cornering as much as it enjoys stop light drag racing.


Still, the Porsche Taycan is the better overall car, according to TG. Not only is it faster but it’s more capable, handles better and is more fun. It’s also more thrilling, thanks to its cutting-edge technology, Star Wars-like electric sounds and blistering performance. The Audi RS6 Avant is still a brilliant car, and probably the best RS6 yet, but it’s just not as brilliant as its VW Group sibling. This gives us high hopes for the upcoming Audi RS e-tron GT.


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[Source: Top Gear]
Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.