VIDEO: C5-gen Audi S6 plays tug-of-war with a Lada Niva 4×4

This latest match of Tug-of-War is Germany versus Russia in the snow in Russia. Calling it the Battle of Stalingrad II might be a bit of a stretch. Still, it’s fun to see what two four-wheel drive vehicles from each company can do when they’re tethered to one another in the snow. This match up features the C5-generation Audi S6 Quattro and the Lada Niva 4×4. So which car wins?

First, let’s start off by describing each car a bit. The C5 Audi S6 is a great car, thanks to its 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8 that made 335 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. That may not be crazy by today’s standards but it was a lot back in its day and it’s still a healthy amount. Mated to that engine was either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. We don’t know which the car in this video is using, but it doesn’t really matter. It also gets Quattro all-wheel drive.

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The Lada Riva 4×4 it’s taking on is considerably less powerful. We also don’t know exactly which engine this specific Niva 4×4 is sporting, as there were many different variants, but they were almost all four-cylinder engines under 2.0 liters and under 100 hp. So the Audi S6 has a massive advantage in this test. The Niva is obviously four-wheel drive and is designed as the sort of rugged Lada, the one with four-wheel drive, massive wheels and a raised ride height.

In this video, both cars have their rear ends tethered to one another in the snow and the goal is for each car to drive as fast is they can in opposite directions and see which car pulls which. Spoiler alert, the Audi S6 wins. Despite not having knobby tires and a fully locking differential, the Audi S6 pulls the Lada far easier than we thought it would. So in this Stalingrad rematch, Germany wins. Thankfully, it went the other way the first time…

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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.