One is a dying race while the other is all the rage. We’re talking about one of the latest naturally aspirated sports cars pitted against Audi’s fastest and most powerful SUV to date. People at carwow lined up a current-generation R8 in the pre-facelift spec and the RS Q8 to find out which of the two is faster in a quarter-mile test.
It’s worth pointing out that while the R8 is the base version and therefore not the hotter version, it was tuned to deliver 600 horsepower from its glorious 5.2 FSI engine. In the other corner, the RS Q8 was not jostled, which means it uses the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with identical 600 horsepower. Forced induction obviously helps the SUV deliver more torque, but the high-driving Audi is also considerably heavier than the mid-engined coupe.
While Mat Watson of Carwow is quite skilled when it comes to drag racing, it was a first experience for the owner of the blackened R8. Unsurprisingly, its off-line reaction in the first drag race was not ideal, allowing the RS Q8 to take the lead and never let go even as the high-performance coupe caught up late at the end.
It was a different story in the second drag race as the R8 rider had a considerably better response, and even though the RS Q8 was even faster at the start, that still wasn’t enough. The extra weight raised its ugly head and the SUV had to settle for second place. After all, an additional 665 kilograms (1,466 pounds) over the supercar is a major drawback in a drag race. The SUV partially made up for this by generating an additional 220 Nm (162 lb-ft), but ultimately it wasn’t a match for the much more athletic R8.
Audi’s endangered supercar also triumphed without breaking a sweat in subsequent rolling races, while the braking test winner was a bit more difficult to determine.