It’s a battle of German sports cars as an Audi RS3 takes on a Porsche 718 Cayman in drag race action.
We know that neither of these cars is the standard muscle cars that we’ve come to expect from Wheels.ca, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have an exciting drag race. In fact, this race might be more exciting than most because the two cars are so evenly matched.
The Audi RS3 has a 2.5-L turbocharged straight-5 engine with 395 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 4.1 seconds while top speed is 174 mph. A 7-speed dual-clutch provides power to all 4 wheels, and the whole thing weighs 3,351 lbs.
The Porsche is extremely similar with its own 2.5-L turbo 5-cylinder but making 361 horses and 317 lb-ft. Again, a 7-speed dual-clutch is found driving the power, but this time it only goes to the rear wheels. Zero to sixty is also done in 4.1 seconds, but top speed is rated at 180 mph on the Porsche.
The Cayman also weighs just a hair under 3,100 lbs, which could be a deciding factor. Or it could be the Audi’s AWD that takes the day with a fast jump off the line.
Or maybe it will be something under the hood that tips the scales in favor of the Audi. Motor1 reports that the Audi is lowered, has aftermarket wheels, and probably an aftermarket exhaust. Meanwhile, the 718 Cayman is just a regular Porsche without any fancy upgrades.
You can hear children in the background complaining that the Audi is just another “normal car.” Oh, sweet child. You will learn one day what can be lurking beneath a plain exterior.
As expected, the Audi gets a great start off the line, but then the Porsche seems to slowly creep on the RS3 as they speed down the quarter-mile drag strip. It looks like the Porsche even catches up right at the end for a photo finish!
The times say it all: the Porsche 718 Cayman finished in 12.28 at 113.2 mph, while the Audi RS3 managed a time of 12.24 at 110.19 mph.
It looks like AWD barely squeaks out a win, but if the race were just a few feet longer you can bet the Porsche would have overtaken the RS3.