This new version of the Audi R8 V10 Performance (formerly known as V10 Plus) is the fastest version yet. In fact, it’s one of the absolute fastest cars on the market. However, some of its other, cheaper competitors are getting very, very quick as well. So is the R8’s dominance still real or is it just a memory at this point? In this new video from Carwow, we find out.
What you see in this video is a drag race between the aforementioned Audi R8, the all-new 992-generation Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, the BMW M850i and the Nissan GT-R Nismo.
The Audi R8 uses a 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 making 620 hp, making it the most powerful car of the bunch but it’s also the only one that isn’t turbocharged. The Porsche 911 makes 450 hp form its 3.0 liter turbocharged flat-six, making it quite a bit less powerful than the Audi but Porsches famously launch hard. While the BMW M850i makes 523 hp from its 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 and the Nissan GT-R uses a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 to make 600 hp flat. All cars have automatic gearboxes, all-wheel drive and launch control. So it should be a very interesting drag race.
Off the line, the results were actually quite surprising. The Audi R8 and Porsche 911 jumped out ahead of the Nissan and the BMW. What’s really surprising is that the 911 was actually ahead of the R8 for a moment, thanks to its turbocharged torque allowing it to pull harder from lower rpm. However, the R8’s power pushes it ahead of the 911. After that, though, the Audi and the Porsche hang pretty close to one another and simply walk away from the other two cars until the Nissan storms back at the end to beat the Porsche at the last second. Still, the Audi R8 won the race by a good margin and the BMW was dead last by a long way.
What’s most surprising is how far behind the Nissan was for most of the race and how it didn’t catch up until the end. We’re assuming its old gearbox and hefty curbweight are the culprits there. The BMW being dead last isn’t surprising because it’s not the proper performance version of the 8 Series, with an M8 coming later, and it’s the heaviest of the bunch. The Audi R8 winning isn’t too surprising, either, as it’s the most powerful, isn’t the heaviest, has the best all-wheel drive system and launch control and is famously uber-fast. The most impressive car for me, though, was the Porsche 911. It’s the least powerful of the bunch by far and it held second place up until the bitter end.
They also conduct a couple of other tests between the cars. Check it out below.