The Audi RS3 is a surprisingly fast car. It’s not the most powerful, most expensive, most high-powered performance car on the road but it’s small enough, light enough and punchy enough to be seriously quick. I don’t mean quick for its price but quick for the industry period. In this new drag race from Top Gear, we get to see whether or not it’s quick enough to take on some interesting competition.
In this drag race, the Audi RS3 takes on the Mercedes-AMG G63 and a Porsche Cayman GTS. Nothing about this drag race makes sense. The RS3 is a five-door hatchback with all-wheel drive, the G63 is a monstrous off-road SUV and the Cayman is a lithe, lightweight, mid-engine sports car. So these cars should not be drag racing each other. Which is exactly why they should. Despite not making sense, this race is fun to watch and that’s all that really matters.
Under the hood of the Audi RS3 lies a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-pot making 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The Mercedes-AMG G63 uses a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 577 hp and 627 lb-ft. While the Porsche Cayman GTS uses a 2.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, making 365 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. All of the cars in this test have automatic gearboxes, while two of which (Audi and Mercedes) are all-wheel drive and only the Porsche is rear-wheel drive. So which car is fastest in a drag race?
Off the line, they all get off to a similar start but the brutish AMG jumps ahead quickly, with the Audi close behind and both of them leaving the Porsche behind. After awhile, the Audi RS3 overtakes the big AMG and eventually wins, with the Cayman left dead last by quite a long way. See, we told you the RS3 is surprisingly quick.