VIDEO: Audi RS6 Avant Performance vs 2017 Nissan GT-R

C7 Audi RS6 Avant

For 2017, Nissan has given its most-famous supercar a refresh and an upgrade in both power and handling. Godzilla has just become even more ferocious. But is it as ferocious as a two-ton station wagon? The Audi RS6 Performance Avant thinks not.

In this recent video from Piston Heads, we take a look at a showdown between the RS6 Performance Avant and the 2017 Nissan GT-R. While these two cars seem like completely different animals from the outside, as one is a two-door supercar while the other looks like nothing more than a typical Audi family wagon, they’re actually more competitive than people might think.

Both cars pack two turbochargers, all-wheel drive, rapid-shifting automatic gearboxes and stonking performance. The GT-R packs a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 that develops 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque.  That power is sent through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels, making it capable of 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. It’s silly, stupid fast, the GT-R and was always considered to be the absolute fastest car off the line.

Audi RS6 Avant

However, Audi has some power and performance of its own. The RS6 Performance Avant packs its own twin-turbocharged engine, except that the Audi’s is a 4.0 liter V8 and, with both blowers, makes 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Those are substantially higher figures than the GT-R’s. Although,the Audi RS6 is quite a bit heavier, about 300 kg (661 lbs) heavier. So while the Audi RS6 is fast, doing 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, it’s not as fast as the GT-R. But that’s only in a straight line. Can the Audi’s more torque and brilliant Quattro all-wheel drive system help it keep up with Godzilla on the track?

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In this video, one driver is in the Audi RS6 and the other in the GT-R. With the GT-R ahead of the RS6, the latter driver has to see if he can keep up with the mighty Godzilla. The crazy part is, he actually does. While the GT-R does gain a decent lead in some of the twistier bits, the RS6 claws back on the straights and bigger sweepers. The GT-R driver consistently laughs and remarks about how hard it is to try and keep away from the RS6. The GT-R driver actually accidentally runs off the track, as he was pushing the car as hard as he could to try and keep away from Audi’s big RS6 wagon.


All the while, the driver in the Audi RS6 is working hard, but in immense comfort. Whereas the GT-R is a proper supercar, being uncomfortable and loud as well as being crazy fast, the RS6 is quiet, comfortable and luxurious while blasting through the track.

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In the end, Godzilla is faster around the track, there’s no question about that. However, it’s incredibly impressive how fast the Audi RS6 Performance Avant is, all the while being as comfortable and luxurious as a fast Bentley.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.