Tesla Model S Versus Audi RS6 – Drag Race Video


In this installment of Top Gear, we see the Tesla Model S P90D pitted against the Audi RS6.

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On paper, the Model S is the clear winner, but how does it play out on the tarmac?

Video description:

“In this instalment of Top Gear Drag Races, the Tesla Model S P90D takes on the Audi RS6. Can eight cylinders of turbocharged V8 fury overpower the Tesla’s all-electric drivetrain?”

The RS6 never stood a chance as the Model S took it off the line and held the lead ’til the end.

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11 responses to "Tesla Model S Versus Audi RS6 – Drag Race Video"
  1. Roy_H says:

    Much closer than I expected.

  2. floydboy says:

    No Tesla puts out 760 hp, sheesh.

  3. HT says:

    @ 1:29 the Model S jumps the start.
    For only being behind by 0.2 sec to the 1/4 mile, it looks like the RS6 could’ve been even closer if the start was fair.
    No denying though, both cars are extremely fast and desirable.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      The last part of a 1/4 mile drag is about as relevant as Nurburgring endurance is, to a car meant to be used in public. Teslas often appear to get the jump (video down for me), but most of the time it comes down to how solidly they launch (watch the lights, not the cars). That part, and the first couple hundred yards or 1/8th mile, is a more practical comparison.

    2. La Frennia di Mamata says:

      In my opinion there is only “ONE” desirable car in that picture..

    3. Nix says:

      HT — It looks like the Tesla “jumps” the start, only because the electric motor has such a huge advantage in instant acceleration. You push the pedal towards the floor, and before your foot even reaches the floor, electricity is traveling at near the speed of light to the electric motor. At the motor, you have full torque nearly instantly.

      On a gas car, you press a pedal, and that send a signal to a physical throttle. That throttle opens and air is pulled at the speed of the motor vacuum down the intake and into the engine. Once there, it is compressed and burned, causing initial torque. Once this cycle repeats enough times to start producing enough torque to overcome the transmission’s torque converter resistance (or enough time for a clutch to release, you start getting force against gears and driveline. Only after all the gear and driveline lash is done, does a limited amount of torque reach the wheels. This torque to the wheels then will only build up as the engine RPM’s go up, and as the torque converter locks up. Until then, you don’t have full torque to the wheels.

      All that takes time. Meanwhile the Model S is already gone.

      It is a natural advantage for the Model S, and it is very real. It is exactly what you will see playing out in the real world.

      Lots of ICE car fans will knash their teeth and complain when it happens, but that won’t change the reality that ICE cars just can’t compete. They have a natural disadvantage, so get used to it.

  4. What mode was used on the Tesla? If not Ludicrous, why not?

    1. La Frennia di Mamata says:

      It was in Snail or Turtle mode at best! He was trying very hard was he??

  5. DJ says:

    You guys should post a P100D against a Yugo. The suspense is killing me!

  6. Koenigsegg says:

    Of course they’re using only a P90D and one with the ghey looking stock rims

  7. zikzak says:

    What is interesting in this video and not covered is that both cars are in the same price range.
    Definitely in this case the Model S is way more appealing!