VIDEO: Carwow drag races Audi R8, RS6, RS3, S1 and RS2

If you want to know which performance Audi is the fastest in a drag race, this latest video from Carwow is for you. Mat Watson does something quite fun in that he takes almost every current fast Audi and puts them together on a race track to see which is the fastest. But first, we need a history lesson.

Audi RS2

In the video, Watson shows us the very first RS model Audi, the RS2. Co-developed with Porsche, the Audi RS2 was faster than the Ferrari 308 of the same time, thanks to its 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder Audi engine tuned up by Porsche and Quattro all-wheel drive. However, despite its impressive 4.8 second 0-60 mph time, it still loses out its drag race to a modern Audi S1, which is supposed to be slower. Thank modern turbocharging technology for that.

After the S1 dispatches of the OG RS2 Avant, it’s the Audi RS3‘s turn to give it a spanking. And a spanking it does give. The Audi RS3’s 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine makes 367 hp and gets from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, so it eats the S1’s 231 hp 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for lunch.

Audi RS6 Avant in Austin Yellow

After the RS3 takes down the Audi S1, Watson then shows us the RS6 Avant. The Audi RS6 Avant packs a monstrous 4.0 liter TFSI twin-turbocharged engine that develops a walloping 560 hp. That power is sent through a traditional eight-speed torque-converter automatic, though, so it lacks the launch control system of other Audi RS models with dual-clutch gearboxes.  However, it can still get from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. So it should be faster than the RS3. But will it be faster than the Audi R8.

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Audi’s most expensive and highest-performing car is the R8 V10 Plus. The Audi R8 V10 Plus uses a 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine to make 610 hp, all of which is sent through a fast-shifting dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels. This having more power and lighter weight should mean that it eats both the RS6 and RS3 alive. So let’s see how they do in a drag race.


Watson puts all four fast Audis at the starting line but is driving the RS6 Avant, while the other cars are drive by other people. At the launch, the RS6 Avant fires out of the hole faster than any other car by a long shot. It actually leaves the more powerful R8 for dead at first. Thank its massive turbocharged torque for that. But the R8 V10’s extra power and lighter weight means it catches up quick and ends up winning the race. The RS6 Avant comes in second despite an impressive start and the RS3 in third with the S1 last.

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Following that exciting race, Watson then lines up the Audi R8 V10 Plus with a Ducati 959 Panigale, the Italian brand’s newest superbike. And, because Ducati is owned by Audi, this is still kind of a fast Audi race. Superbikes typically take off faster than any car can, thanks to their far superior power/weight advantage. However, the Ducati struggles to launch as hard as the R8 V10, as its lone wheel can’t match the immense grip of the R8’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. And, the R8 V10’s much higher power output lets it keep its lead and take the race.

So there you have it, the Audi R8 V10 Plus is the fastest Audi performance vehicle on the market, regardless of the amount of wheels.

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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.