The Audi RS6 Avant shares its 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with a few other Volkswagen Group cars, including the usual suspects such as the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS7. However, it also shares its engine with a more unlikely vehicle — the Lamborghini Urus. The Urus makes more power with it but the RS6 is lighter. So which car is actually quicker on track?
In this video, from Series 29 of Top Gear, we get to see just that.
Of course, on track, speed is about much more than just an engine. Weight, agility, balance, and center of gravity all come into play and, arguably, are more important. The Audi RS6 Avant has an advantage in all of those areas. Which is how the RS6 can overcome its power disadvantage.
The Audi RS6 uses its twin-turbo V8 to make 591 horsepower, while the Urus, with effectively the same engine, makes 640 horsepower. However, the Urus also weighs a lot more, sits much higher and lacks the agility of the RS6. Plus, in the case of this test, the RS6 has the Chris Harris advantage, as he’s the one behind the wheel.
So which car wins the race? We won’t spoil it, as it’s a great video that’s a lot of fun to watch. The Audi RS6 Avant is mostly considered a luxurious family wagon that’s shockingly fast in a straight line but, as Harris proves, it’s actually surprisingly good around corners. Not only does it have a ton of grip but it’s sharp to turn in and will actually slide its tail around corners a bit. It’s still a big Audi, so it will never be a tail-happy hooligan but it’s far more fun to drive than its predecessors.
The Lamborghini Urus is deeply impressive as well but it’s still an SUV, so it’s inherently compromised on track and, let’s face it, horrid looking. So which car wins, you’ve probably figured it out by now but go watch TG’s video.