Every year, Motor Trend magazine features a Best Driver’s Car competition between all of the best sports cars to debut that year. This most recent BDC has just concluded, with the McLaren 570S taking the crown of MT’s Best Driver’s Car. In the contest, the Audi R8 V10 Plus competed and competed well, but ultimately lost out to a few other great cars. However, it may have a chance to redeem itself.
After MT’s Best Driver’s Car is concluded, they always do a drag race with each and every vehicle in the competition, to see which is the fastest in a quarter-mile, called the World’s Greatest Drag Race. Among the cars in the drag race are the aforementioned Audi R8, Acura NXS, BMW M4 GTS, Shelby GT350R, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Dodge Viper ACR, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, Chevy Camaro SS 1LE, Jaguar F-Type SVR, Mercedes-AMG GT S, Nissan GT-R and the Best Driver’s Car-winning McLaren 570S.
In the video, Johnny Lieberman picks the Acura NSX to drive, thanks to its 573 hp, three electric motors, hybrid powertrain and easy-to-use launch control. It can get from 0-60 mph in around 2.9 seconds, which is incredibly impressive, so it should launch off the line incredibly quick.
Jason Cammisa decides to drive the Dodge Charger Hellcat, as it has 707 hp. That’s really the only reason why, as that’s more power than anything else in the race. It weighs as much as a medium-sized asteroid, but it does pack a serious punch.
When the race begins, the NSX does indeed launch off the line first. However, the Audi R8 quickly eclipses it. Its 610 hp naturally-aspirated 5.2 liter V10, rapid-firing dual-clutch S-Tronic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive allow it to launch from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds, which is frankly ridiculous. It then simply buries the competition and wins the race by a good margin. The McLaren 570S is starting to catch up right as the R8 crosses the finish line, but it’s not fast enough.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus is an insanely fast car, made clear in this drag race. If they were to continue, the R8 would go on to its top speed of 204 mph. Oh, and it had the best engine sound, too.