The Audi RS4 Avant is one of the best all-around performance cars on the market. It’s not the fastest, best handling, most capable performance car on the road but it is very fast, handles very well, is incredibly capable and it can fit five adults and tons of luggage at the same time. So as daily performance cars go, it’s up there with the best of them. But what happens when a Jack of All Trades takes on a Master of One?
In this new video from Carwow, we see a series of tests between the Audi RS4 Avant and the Porsche 911 GTS.
The 911 GTS is a sports car through and through. It’s a thoroughbred race horse, designed to be fast and athletic and only fast and athletic. There’s no performance compromise in the name of practicality and/or everyday usability. So the idea of pitting the RS4 Avant, a four-door wagon, against a proper two-door sports car in a series of performance-metric tests seems a bit unfair at first. However, you’d be surprised at how well the RS4 holds its own and it really puts into perspective just how well-rounded the Audi is.
First up is a standing drag race. Both cars have twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines, with the Audi sporting a 2.9 liter V6 and the Porsche a 3.0 liter flat-six. Both have 450 hp but the RS4 has a bit more torque. The Audi RS4 has Quattro all-wheel drive and the 911 GTS only has rear-wheel drive. Both cars get automatic gearboxes, the Audi an eight-speed ZF auto and the 911 a seven-speed dual-clutch.
Off the line, the Audi RS4’s all-wheel drive allows it to leap ahead of the Porsche with ease and gain a commanding lead. However, the 911’s lighter weight and slipperier shape allow it to eventually win the race by a hair, as both cross the quarter-mile mark in 12.1 seconds.
In a rolling drag race, where both cars are driving at the same speed, in automatic mode, and take off at the same time, the 911 dominates, due to its lighter weight. Also, the benefit of all-wheel drive is negated while on the move, as it’s only really helpful from a standstill.
During a 60-0 mph braking test, the 911 won again, as its lighter weight means less mass for its brakes to haul in. Also, no one really does brakes like Porsche.
So the Porsche 911 GTS wins every performance test, making it the overall winner. However, the Audi RS4 Avant was really close to the Porsche in almost every test, while still having a big back seat, a huge trunk and a lovely cabin. So it really shows the vast breadth of ability that the Audi RS4 has. As a sports car, the 911 is the better car, no question. But as a daily driver, it’s hard to pass on the Audi RS4 Avant. Especially because it’s almost half the price of the Porsche.