A Porsche Cayenne Turbo takes on an Audi RS4 in drag race action.
Fast SUVs are a thing now, so that means we must race them to determine which is the best. We already know that the Tesla Model X, Jeep Trackhawk, and Lamborghini Urus are best in their class, but what about the Porsche Cayenne and Audi RS4? Sure, the RS4 is more of a station wagon than an SUV, but that’s basically the same thing these days, right?
The two SUVs (or rather, car and SUV) are closely matched. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo comes equipped with a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 with 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 178 mph. Power goes to all wheels all the time thanks to an 8-speed automatic transmission with the whole thing weighing in at 4,795 lbs.
Meanwhile, the Audi RS4 weighs vastly less than the Cayenne but also has less power. Under the hood is a 2.9-L twin-turbo V6 with 450 hp and 443 lb-ft. If that makes it seem like the RS4 doesn’t have a prayer against the Cayenne, consider the fact that the RS4 weighs approximately 800 lbs less than the Porsche SUV. It also has the same 4.1-second 0-60 time and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
In the first race, the Cayenne gets the better start and manages to maintain a lead on the small Audi for the entire quarter-mile race. Final times were 12.3 seconds for the Cayenne and 12.5 seconds for the RS4.
But this is about science, and science doesn’t end with a single test. You must perform multiple tests to confirm the same outcome each and every time. So they raced again and this time the RS4 took first in 12.2 seconds compared to the Porsche’s 12.4 seconds.
The last race was for all the marbles. It was close, almost a photo finish, but the Porsche managed to post a time of 12.2 seconds while the Audi finished in 12.1 seconds.
So there you have it: an Audi station wagon is faster than a Porsche SUV. Next we’ll have to match a Ford Raptor against a Civic Type-R.