Face Off: Audi S8 vs Porsche Panamera Turbo S

Audi S8 vs Porsche Panamera Turbo

There’s nothing like a little family feud, and watching these corporate cousins — Audi S8 vs Porsche Panamera Turbo S — go head-to-head is great fun.

While they’re corporate cousins, the Audi S8 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo are also natural competitors. After all, both hail from Germany, have sky-high price tags, and along with their luxurious environs, each packs a punch. So it’s only natural to want to find out which one is faster, and since most mere mortals don’t have the resources to commandeer both cars and an airstrip, we’ll just have to appreciate the fact that our friends at carwow did just that.

That said, before the hosts hit their throttles in anger, it’s worth noting that the representative from Ingolstadt is already behind, so this isn’t exactly a fair fight. As the tale of the tape reveals, the Audi’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 produces a robust 571 horsepower, and it tips the scales at 2,220 pounds. Instead of a dual-clutch,  it’s also using a conventional automatic transmission to send power to all four corners.

And while those numbers are nothing to sneeze at, Stuttgart’s uber sedan is better on paper. First off, the Panamera Turbo weighs about 150 pounds less than the Audi, and it’s also got more grunt. Because while it’s also using a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, here the mill is tuned to produce 630 ponies. Additionally, the Porsche comes with a dual-clutch gearbox, meaning shifts will be slightly quicker than the Audi’s.

So even if you’re not a math whiz, you should be able to figure out which car is going to cross the line first. But that doesn’t mean the contest is any less fun to watch. Plus, there’s always the possibility that a bad start could level the playing field. For what it’s worth, I happen to think that the Audi looks way better than the Porsche, even if its engine note isn’t as sexy. And hey, if you’re flush enough to be using this video to determine your next vehicle purpose? Consider yourself lucky!

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World’s Best-Sounding Drag Race: 2023 Audi RS3 Squares Off Against Legendary Lexus LFA

best-sounding drag race2023 Audi RS3 with its 5-cylinder turbocharged unit makes a glorious sound. Oftentimes a turbocharged car doesn’t offer a thrilling sound as the turbo muffles the exhaust. But that is not the case with the RS3.

Sound is subjective but speed is objective. And in the speed department the RS3 is also a strong performer. But is it strong enough to take on a legitimate supercar? And is it really that much faster than the less expensive Audi S3? And what about when you throw a highly modified 1991 Audi 200 Quattro in the mix? Where does the RS3 rank in this oddball mix of cars? Jason Cammisa breaks this down in a video posted to the Hagerty YouTube channel. For good measure the video compares the Porsche Carrera GT with the Lexus LFA as well. Let’s consider that a bonus but focus on the Audi models for now.

R You Serious?

Audi RS3

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Three EPIC Audi Drag Races to Get Your Heart Pumping!

epic Audi drag racesgood drag race to lift yourself out of the doldrums. But if you really want to get your heart pumping you might need a bit more. And for those folks we got you covered. We pulled three epic Audi drag races that are sure to get the blood flowing. Between the three races there is a little bit of everything. An overachieving 5-cylinder RS3 going against a massive V12-powered Aventador. An Audi vs. Audi battle with a V10 going against an EV. And finally, a fully built Audi TT RS facing off against a tuned McLaren 720S.

We will get to the specific videos in a moment but collectively they show us something about drag racing. And that is you really never know what the heck is going to happen. Engine size doesn’t matter, price tag doesn’t matter, and tires don’t matter. OK, well maybe those things do matter a little bit, but they alone can not predict the outcome of a drag race. The other thing we learn by watching these videos is that Audi has some damn quick cars, and they can be modified to go a lot quicker. Let’s get to the racing.

RS3 vs. Aventador

Drag raceWheels Plus YouTube channel.

V10 vs. Electric

R8 vs. RS e-tron GTMichal Karpat – Autožurnál TV YouTube channel to see for yourself.

TT RS vs. 720S

TT RSOfficially Gassed YouTube channel to see the little Audi mix it up with the mighty McLaren.

Audi RS5 Destroys Lexus IS500 In Drag and Roll Race

Audi RS5Audi RS5 Coupe is a quick car. Audi claims it can hit 60 mph from a dig in 3.7 seconds. It is also a beautiful car. Especially when it is covered in Sonoma Green Metallic paint. Which is almost the same color as money. And money is exactly what you will win if you drag race your RS5 against a Lexus IS500. The IS500 is no slouch. In fact, on paper it has even more power than the Audi. But the Audi makes more torque. They both weigh about the same and they both use an 8-speed automatic transmission. But the Audi is all-wheel-drive, and the Lexus sends all the power to the rear wheels. Does that fully explain the results we see here or is the Audi more powerful than we think?

Sam CarLegion recently posted a video to his YouTube channel. And in this video has races an Audi RS5 Coupe against a Lexus IS500 from both a dig and a roll. The cars may be evenly matched on paper but in the real world the Audi decimates the Lexus in every race. Is it all down to the AWD system in the Audi or is there something else going on here?

Audi RS5

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Silently Slayed: Audi RS6 Avant vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Audi RS6 Avant vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S

The Audi RS6 Avant is a wicked fast car — but the Porsche Taycan Turbo S proves that fast is a relative term.

With 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of twist being sent to all four corners, the Audi RS6 Avant is clearly one of the most wicked wagons ever produced, and American longroof fans should be stoked it even made it to our shores. Of course, that hasn’t stopped tuners from fortifying Ingolstadt’s handiwork. Not long after it debuted, the tuning wizards at MTM stoked the force-fed 4.0-liter to a whopping 1001 horsepower and 958 lb-ft — which sounds properly weapons-grade to boot.

Now, you might be wondering why you’d need to take an already-fast car to such blisteringly fast extremes. Or, let me correct myself. You might be wondering that if you were a normal person, and not an enthusiast reading AudiWorld. That said? If you’re the owner of a new RS6 Avant, and you’d like to do anything but lose big in a drag race with Porsche’s new all-electric Taycan Turbo S? Well, you’re going to need all the help you can get. Because as this new clip from our friends at Archie Hamilton Racing demonstrates, Stuttgart’s super sedan is bloody quick.

The Taycan that drops the beat down here is the top-spec model, which delivers a whopping 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque from its pair of permanent magnet synchronous motors. Engage launch control, and that means the Porsche will rocket from zero to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds, which coincidently, is the same time it takes new Corvette Z06 to make the trip. As we’ve seen, that makes it slightly quicker than its corporate cousin — the RS e-tron GT — from a dig. But in my opinion, the Audi looks better. Plus, it isn’t saddled with “turbo” in its name, which is just plain goofy for an electric car.

For anyone who can do math, the results of this race aren’t going to come as a surprise. After all, the Porsche is packing more power, and its electric drivetrain means there’s no windup to deliver twist to the tires. Obviously, it would have been a little more fun to see a proper family feud, with the RS6 facing off against the e-tron GT, though something tells me that’s in the mail. But hey, if people always needed to be surprised to be entertained, shows like NCIS or House wouldn’t exist. So enjoy the clip.

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