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American EV vs. German Grunt: Can The Tesla Model X Take Down the Audi RS6?

CarWow brings you yet another dual, and the results might surprise you

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Here is yet another drag race by CarWow: an Audi RS6 vs a Tesla Model X. Can the American-made EV hold it’s own against the Audi RS6? Let’s take a look and see what happens.

Audi RS6

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The RS6 is packing a 4.0 Liter Twin-Turbo V8 with 600 hp and 590 lb. ft of torque. It also has Quattro AWD

In the green corner, we have an Audi RS6 with a 4.0 Liter Twin-Turbo V-8 that produces 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It weighs in at 4,570 lbs. The Audi has Quattro AWD coupled to an 8 speed Auto. The Audi starts just shy of $110,000.

Tesla Model X

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The Model X is a Performance Model, dual Motors on each axle with 778 hp with 840 lb. ft

In the white corner, we have the last generation Tesla Model X Performance with dual motors, one at each end, and AWD. It is more powerful than the Audi with 778 horsepower with 840 pound-feet of torque for some ballistic launches. The Model X is far heavier than the Audi weighing in at 5,478 lbs. When new, this last-gen model was priced similarly north of $100,000

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The Tesla weighs in at 5478 lbs and is heavier than the Audi at 4570 lbs.
The power to weight ratio on the RS6 is 0.131 hp/lb whereas the Model X has a more punchy 0.142 hp/lb. This might be close.

With the numbers out of the way, let’s race.

The Drag Races

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CarWow’s has lined up an Audi RS6 with a last-gen Tesla Model X Performance

In the first one, the Audi got off the line well and had the lead briefly however, the Model X caught up and eventually went past. Surprisingly, it was not the launch that I expected from Tesla.

On their next go, the Model X just struggled and didn’t have launch control. So you can factor that one out.

With that, the cars lined up one last time for a third attempt. The hammer drops and both the Audi and the Tesla have a great launch. Its neck and neck pretty much to the line, but the RS6 just had the legs on the Model X and managed to get past in the end.
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The Hammer drops and both cars complete the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds, with the Audi just having the edge over the line

Both cars managed a standing quarter-mile of 11.2 seconds.

The Rolling Races

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The rolling races had a similar outcome. The Tesla had the edge here with its instant torque, but as the speeds built, the Audi caught up with the Tesla and managed to get past

Both cars start from 30 mph. The Audi is locked in sports mode in 2nd gear. Three, Two, One…Go!!! And before you know, the Model X left the Audi in the dust, however as the speed builds, the RS6 managed to get past the Model X at 138 mph.

In the second rolling race, both cars start from 50 mph. The Audi is locked in third gear. When they set off, the Model X took off yet again, but this time, the Audi was closer and went past the Model X at 127 mph.

In the final rolling race, both cars set off from 70 mph and this time, it was even closer with the Audi taking it. It just goes on to show that once the speeds build, gas-powered cars do have a slight edge in performance over EVs.

The Brake Test

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Swipe up to see the full video and the very interesting brake test!

This one was a no-brainer really. The Tesla weighs significantly more than the Audi and it really shows when both cars slam the brake pedal for an emergency stop. The Audi has this one in the bag. But this test really was irrelevant.

In the Real World

Out and about in everyday scenarios, the Tesla would have probably won most of these duels between the lights. Each of these family haulers is cool in its own right. However, which one would you choose to put your kids in? Let us know in the comments below.

Watch the drag race here

Source: Audi RS6 v Tesla Model X: DRAG RACE

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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