When it comes to tight, twisty tracks, the Audi RS5 is a good but not necessarily brilliant car. So if it were to take on the likes of a Cayman or a Lotus on track, it’d get womped. However, in a straight line, like a quarter-mile drag race, the RS5 is actually quite deadly. So in that straight line, how does it do against the Porsche Cayman GTS and Lotus Exige Cup 430? Top Gear recently found out.
Before we get into the race results, let’s talk specs. The Audi RS5 makes 450 hp from its 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine and has Quattro all-wheel drive. While the Porsche Cayman GTS uses a 2.5 liter turbocharged flat-four that makes 365 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. As for the Lotus Exige Cup 430, it uses a supercharged version of a Toyota-sourced V6 that makes, you guessed it, 430 hp.
So how do these three get on? Well, considering that the Audi has Quattro all-wheel drive, it would make sense that it’d be the fastest off the line. However, the Lotus weighs around 2,300 lb. I’ve seen fellow Americans weigh more than that. Unfortunately for the Porsche, it’s in no-man’s land a bit, as it’s the weakest of the three by far but not exactly the lightest.
Off the line, the Audi jumps the Lotus by a bit, thanks to its extra driven wheels, but both cars decimate the Porsche. As both the Audi RS5 and the Lotus Exige Cup 430 race down the track, within a car length of one another, the Porsche sadly gets left behind.
We won’t spoil the outcome of the race for you because you should head on over to Top Gear and check it out. Having said that, it’s a very exciting race and one that will make an Audi RS5 owner very proud.