The Audi R8 serves as the brand’s supercar, but the automaker offers many other high-performance models. The RS3 and RS Q8 rolled off the assembly line with the powerful powertrain lurking under the hood, but they both competed with the R8 V10 Performance Spyder in the latest Carwow YouTube video. This helps to level the playing field between the trio as they race against each other.
The RS3 packs a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and 538 pound-feet (730 Newton-meters) of torque after the track. It has a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive. An upgrade to the RS Q8’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine increases the SUV’s output to 710 hp (529 kW) and an estimated torque of 663 lb-ft (900 Nm). Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed gearbox.
The R8 V10 Spyder sits among its competitors with a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 engine producing 620 hp (462 kW) and 427 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque. It has all-wheel drive with seven-speed DCT between engine and wheels.
While the RS3 and RS Q8 make a lot of power, it’s not enough to beat the R8 in any of the drag races. The Spyder was just faster, completing the quarter mile in 11.1 seconds. The RS3 finished it in 11.5 seconds, but the larger RS Q8 SUV didn’t lag far behind. It only took 11.7 seconds to complete the race.
The first rolling race, with the cars arranged in their most comfortable setting, ended with the same results as the two standing drag races. The R8 crossed first with the RS3 and RS Q8 right behind it. However, the second rolling race put all three in their sportiest setting, and this is where the R8 falters. It struggled to accelerate like the other two, finishing second behind the RS3.
The heavier RS Q8 failed to win the brake test, but the RS3 and R8 were too close to determine a winner. While the tuned RS3 and RS Q8 can’t dethrone the R8 as Audi’s top-tier performance car, they are very worrying.