Watch an Audi RS4 Avant take on the Tesla Model X in drag and rolling races.
In the SUV world, there are a few big players. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is an 800 hp super SUV that’s a lot like driving a building with a rocket engine strapped to its back. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a similarly quick, if more refined SUV, while the Lamborghini Urus is the newest crossover to take the large luxury performance vehicle segment by storm.
And then there’s the Tesla Model X P100D. Twin electric motors provide 588 hp but a staggering 920 lb-ft of torque. There’s also no gearbox to get in the way of all that torque--the driver just needs to put their foot down to make the P100D take off like a rocket.
Well, provided said driver waits for the P100D’s battery to warm up and allow launch control to engage. Otherwise, it limits acceleration to levels that won’t melt the battery.
When everything is good and ready, the Model X P100D can accelerate from zero to sixty in just 2.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph so that, once again, the battery doesn’t melt.
Weight is a factor, however. Batteries are heavy, and SUVs heavier still. Combine the two in the Model X and it clocks in at just over 5,500 lbs. Which is a lot.
The Audi RS4 Avant, on the other hand, is a featherweight at just 3,950 lbs. It has a gasoline-burning 2.9-L twin-turbo V6 with 450 hp and 443 lb-ft. It also limits top speed to 155 mph (although, not because Audi is worried about any melting batteries), and can do zero to sixty in 4.1 seconds.
It can come with either a 7-speed dual-clutch or an 8-speed automatic. This particular model is the 8-speed, but it’s not that much slower than the 7-speed in terms of shifting--it just isn’t built for racing quite as often as the dual-clutch.
As you can see in the race, being over 1,000 lbs lighter isn’t quite enough to make up for the Audi’s lack of power. The Model X can just muscle its way to faster speeds and never allows the Audi to keep up. The RS4 can brake faster, which can easily be blamed on its lightness, but that’s about all it has over the Tesla.