Watch the captivating Tesla Model 3 vs. Audi RS 6 drag race battle



The latest Tesla Model 3 Performance challenger is from the German turf, the expensive and powerful Audi RS 6 AWD wagon. Both cars storm the dragstrip with full power and compete in 3 rounds of drag and rolling races each.

The last time we saw Tesla Model 3 drag racing an ICE car was against a giant 1100 hp Jeep Trackhawk. Now it’s Audi’s turn to face the sheer power of Tesla’s electric powertrain.

Besides running on dinosaur juice, the Audi RS 6 is almost double the price of a Tesla Model 3 Performance (the top-end variant) — so even if it wins in this drag race, it can’t win in terms of efficiency, cost savings, sound & CO2 pollution.

Let’s check out a brief performance specs comparison of both competing cars before jumping on to the drag race video.

 Tesla Model 3 PerformanceAudi RS 6
Price (MSRP)$54,990$109,995
Battery Pack / Engine~74 kWhTwin-turbocharged and intercooled V8
Range315 miles (506 km)N/A
DrivetrainDual-Motor All Wheel Drive (AWD)Front Engine, Quattro (AWD)
Max. Power365 kW (490 hp)441 kW (591 hp)
Torque486 lb-ft590 lb-ft
Curb Weight1,847 kg (4,702 lb)2,282 (5,031 lb)
Acceleration (060 mph)3.1 secs3.1 secs
Top Speed162 mph (261 km/h)156 mph (251 km/h)
CO2  EmissionsZero (Tesla Sustainability Report 2019)268 – 431.3 g/km
Full Self-Driving (optional)YesWhat?
Track ModeDefault with free OTA updatesLaunch Control
Table 1.0: Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Audi RS 6 price and specs comparison. Sources: Tesla Inc. (TSLA), CarAndDriver, Audi AG.

Besides being larger, bulkier, and heavier, the RS 6 with its twin-turbocharged V8 engine is able to pull the same 0-60 mph time as the nimble Model 3 Performance. The Audi in this race is also superior in power, torque, and most of all CO2 emissions.

The purchase price of the Tesla Model 3 Performance in the UK is very high. In the United States, it costs $54,990 USD but in the UK, the same car is sold for £56,490 GBP which translates to around $75,000 USD, yikes!

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Tesla Model 3 lost by a difference of 0.2s (11.8s vs 11.6s), which is significant in a quarter-mile drag race, but still, it managed to win one of three rounds. With a professional driver in the driver’s seat, the results might have been in favor of the Model 3 Performance.

Model 3 also won the last braking challenge over Audi RS 6 in this duel. There was a time when Consumer Reports dropped Tesla Model 3 from its recommendation list due to the braking distance. Tesla fixed it via a simple over-the-air (OTA) software update, this is the car of the 21st century and Audi is missing this element.

Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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