VIDEO: Carwow races the Audi RS5 Sportback vs Porsche 911 C2S

As far as daily driving sports cars go, the Audi RS5 Sportback is among the best. Its fast, fun to drive, surprisingly practical and looks damn good. But a car that’s good at everything is naturally compromised, in terms of being a great sports car. So how does the jack-of-all-trades RS5 Sportback take on a proper sports car like the Porsche 911? Carwow’s Mat Watson finds out in this new video.


These are two very different cars. The Audi RS5 Sportback is a four-door, four-seat performance sedan with a big, practical lift-back tailgate. While the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 S is a proper two-door, two-seat (those back seats can’t fit humans, I don’t care what Porsche says) sports car. The Audi is all-wheel drive while the Porsche, in this case, is rear-wheel drive.


Both cars have fairly similar engines, though. The Audi RS5 Sportback uses a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. While the Porsche 911 C2S uses a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged flat-six with 450 hp and 390 lb-ft. The Porsche is a couple hundred pounds lighter, which helps make up for its torque deficit. Both cars also have eight-speed gearboxes but the Audi’s is a torque-converter auto while the Porsche’s is a dual-clutch unit.


So which car is faster? Well, in the standing quarter-mile, the Porsche 911 is. The Audi RS5 Sportback launches harder off the line, thanks to Quattro all-wheel drive grip, and takes an early lead but the 911 quickly catches up and overtakes. The 911 is also faster in two different rolling races and it even wins a braking test. It’s actually quite shocking to see how handily the new 911 dispatched the Audi RS5 Sportback, as the latter is not a slow car.


Admittedly, the 911 is far more expensive and is a proper sports car. So it should be the faster of the two. But that doesn’t make the ass-whooping that it delivered the Audi RS5 Sportback any less impressive. Kudos to the folks at Porsche, they’ve made a helluva sports car.


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.