The newly-facelifted Audi R8 V10 Performance is a seriously fast machine, thanks to its 611 hp 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine. It’s capable of 0-60 mph in under three seconds and a top speed of just over 200 mph. So it’s properly fast. But how fast is it compared to some of its rivals?
In this new video from Carwow, we take a look at a drag race between the new Audi R8, the BMW M8 Competition, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door, Tesla Model X and the Porsche 911. It’s a bit of an oddball drag race, as these cars aren’t exactly direct competitors but they all have one thing in common — they’re all very, very fast.
So which of these five cars is the fastest? Well, there were actually three different winners for three different races; one standing quarter-mile drag race, a rolling drag race and a 60-0 mph braking test.
In the standing quarter-mile, the Audi R8 V10 Performance won. While the Tesla Model X jumped off the line faster than the others, thanks to its electric torque, the R8’s lighter weight and better top-end performance gave it a decisive win over the entire group. In fact, it ran the quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds, which is astonishing for a production road car.
As for the rolling drag race(s) (there was one in auto and one locked in third gear but the results were the same), the BMW M8 Competition Coupe won. It’s brutally fast once it’s on the move, it just loses out from a standstill, as it’s very heavy.
Surprisingly, the Tesla Model X is the car that won the 60-0 mph braking test. It’s by far the heaviest car of the bunch and it uses pretty standard brakes. So it’s quite shocking that it won. We’re wondering if regenerative braking helped at all.
Whichever brand you’re a fan of, this is an interesting video. These very different cars all excel in very different ways but there’s no denying that they’re all seriously fast.