VIDEO: Audi TT RS vs Nissan GT-R — Drag Race

For almost a decade, the Nissan GT-R has been the absolute king of the drag strip. Nothing short of a top-spec Bugatti Veyron (and now Chiron) could take on Godzilla in a quarter-mile drag race. It’s violently fast in a straight line and has been the go-to car for drag racers across the globe. So it would seem that putting it up against the lowly Audi TT RS would be a bit unfair for the little Audi. But Top Gear did it anyway.

On paper, it really doesn’t look good for the lowly TT RS. Godzilla makes 565 hp and470 lb-ft of torque from its 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V6. When paired with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive, the GT-R is usually capable of 0-60 mph in around 2.8 seconds.

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As for the Audi TT RS, it makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft from its 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. That little five-pot is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and also powers all four wheels. It gets from 0-60 mph in around 3.7 seconds. That’s a helluva lot slower than the GT-R.

So it doesn’t sound fair to pair these two together in a drag race. Except that it turns out a bit differently than originally expected.

Off the line, the Audi TT RS absolutely munches the GT-R. It fires off the line with incredible suddenness, like the best NFL wide receivers off the line of scrimmage. To about 50 mph, the TT RS is ahead of the GT-R and it’s not what was expected. Admittedly, the GT-R does catch up and win the drag race. But the TT RS holds its lead for far longer than anyone would have previously thought.

Yes, the Nissan GT-R is faster than the TT RS. But, then again, it should be. It has 165 more hp and costs double. So it should crush the TT RS is all aspects. However, the Audi’s far better dual-clutch gearbox, better all-wheel drive system and much lighter weight allow it to simply fire off the line with a suddenness that the GT-R can’t match. In the end, big power wins it. But not without a fight.

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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.