Back before the Audi RS3 dominated its competition, in terms of performance and all-weather capability, it was the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo that did the same thing. Heavily turbocharged engines and unflappable all-wheel drive grip have always made Evos among the most dominate sport sedans in the world. So what happens when tuned versions of both cars go head-to-head?
Not only are both cars seriously quick right from the factory but they both have immense tuning potential. Which is why both cars in this video have a whopping 800 horsepower and all-wheel drive traction. So they’re both seriously fast. But which is the fastest in a straight-line drag race?
It’s an interesting matchup. While both cars have turbocharged engines (four-cylinder for the Evo, five-cylinder for the Audi) and all-wheel drive, each car has a distinct advantage. In this test, the Evo is significantly lighter, checking in at 2,900 lbs versus the Audi’s 3,400 lbs. However, the Audi RS3 uses a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, while the Evo makes do with a five-speed manual.
Though, the Evo does have another, very big advantage — its tires. It uses extra thick, slick racing tires, while the Audi RS3 is on performance road tires. That makes a huge difference in grip off the line and it shows.
After a few different drag races, it’s quite clear that the Evo is the faster car and that’s to be expected. They both have the same power but the Evo is lighter and has a grippier tires. The Audi has a quicker shifting transmission and more gears, which does help it steal a race or two, but it’s the Evo 8 is the faster car overall. The Audi RS3 just can’t overcome its weight and tire disadvantage.
Still, both cars are awesome and this video is worth a watch. Check it out.