Can two German Sportscars and a hot Hatchback take on the mighty Lamborghini Urus?by Dim Angelov, on
It’s always interesting to see how different engine layouts compare to one another. It’s even more interesting when a high-performance SUV goes up against some of the best compact sports cars and a capable hot hatchback. This is exactly the case with this drag race from Carwow, where a Lamborghini Urus is being challenged by a Porsche Cayman GT4, Audi TT RS, and a Volkswagen Golf R.
Starting with the least powerful contender – the Golf R. It weighs in at 3,419 pounds (1,551 kg), which makes it the second heaviest car here, believe it or not. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four makes 320 horsepower and 310 pound-feet (420 Nm) and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that sends power to all four wheels.
The Audi TTRS, on the other hand, has a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five that makes 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet (480 Nm). It also has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and has Quattro all-wheel drive. It’s also lighter, at 3,197 pounds (1,450 kg).
The Porsche Cayman GT4 is the most track-focused of the bunch and also weighs in at 3,197 pounds (1,450 kg). It’s also the only normally-aspirated car here, with a 4.0-liter flat-six that makes 420 horsepower and 310 pound-feet (420 Nm). It also comes with a seven-speed PDK transmission.
The Lamborghini Urus is, by far, the heaviest car here, at 4,845 pounds (2,199 kg). It’s also the most powerful thanks to the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that puts put 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet (850 Nm). The Urus is the only car here that doesn’t use a dual-clutch automatic, but the ZF eight-speed is still very quick. Meanwhile, power is sent to all four wheels.
Three races from a standing start show the Urus’ clear power advantage, despite the extra weight. The track-focused Porsche had a bad start, but its higher-revving engine managed to snatch second place from the Audi. In the second and third race, the Porsche hooked up better and was even keeping up with the Urus, for a bit. Meanwhile, the Golf R was left in the dust.
In the end, the Urus crosses the line at 11.5 seconds, while the Cayman GT4 takes 11.8 seconds. The Audi was close behind with 11.9 seconds and the Golf R managed a still-impressive 12.7 seconds.
The two 50 mph (90 km/h) rolling races gave very different results. In the first one, the Porsche kicked down the quickest, while Urus’ gearbox took ages to do so, resulting in the Cayman GT4 taking the win. The Golf R was a pleasant surprise here since it kicked down better than the Audi and managed to keep up with the Urus for the first few seconds.
The second race was in manual mode and the Matt, who was driving the Porsche, decided to start from 4,000 RPM. Apparently, the RPMs were too low for the Porsche to match the acceleration of the turbocharged cars, managing to only beat the Golf R this time.
The breaking test was a close call between all four cars, but it was really between the Audi TTRS and Golf R. Meanwhile, the Porsche’s more track-focused setting did not allow it to stop as well as it could have. Nevertheless, all cars perfectly showcased how capable they are and even the Golf R managed a sub-13-second quarter-mile time. For the actual races, watch the video below and tell us, which one you would choose.