Motor1.com readers, we ask you a question. For those who fancy a bit of drag racing – done legally on a track of course – do you still love racing if you know you’re going to lose? We’re not talking about a tight race where you’ll likely be beaten, but so lopsided that you might actually lose sight of your opponent’s taillights?
We’re asking this question because that’s pretty much what we see in this new video from Automatic Bild. We don’t know why they lined up an Audi RS Q8 with a Toyota Supra because cars are as different as peanut butter and a washing machine. The only thing these machines have in common is speed, or rather would have be a commonality if the Supra had the turbocharged inline six under its hood. This is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder model, which means it develops 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts) compared to 591 horsepower (441 kW) in the Audi. It’s the automotive equivalent of bringing a snowball to a shootout in midsummer. In the valley of death.
As such, you know how it’s going to turn out. Sure, the RS Q8 is considerably bigger and heavier, but with well over twice the horsepower it accurately renders zero difference on the result. The all-wheel-drive Audi SUV leaves poor Supra dead as she vanishes into the distance on the track used for this test. To cancel the advantage of all-wheel drive, a second race was organized with the Supra taking a big head start. And in fact, this time the result was different. Audi does not have disappear over the horizon after tearing the Supra like a chainsaw through butter.
That’s why we opened this article with a question about running. With a 0-60 time in the five-second range, the Supra 2.0 isn’t slow and can be a lot of fun to wring out. That alone can be a thrill on an open track, so why not line it up with something to make it a little more interesting? In the description of the video, even Auto Bild admits that this showdown doesn’t make sense, but who said having fun behind the wheel has to make sense?