Unlike other fuel-powered versus battery-powered race videos, this one isn’t as lopsided as you’d expect it to be

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There are enough and more internal combustion-engined versus electric vehicle races on YouTube and most of them end up having the EV beat its rival quite comfortably. But, this time, things could be a little different seeing the cars and their specs on paper.

The folks at Carwow decided to pit the Tesla Model 3 against the Audi RS6 Avant. The Model 3 has beaten some of the most loved cars in the past in straight-line races, but could things be any different this time?

Tesla Model 3 vs. Audi RS6 Avant

The Audi RS6 Avant Goes Head-to-Head With The Tesla Model 3 In An Interesting Series Of Races
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The Audi RS6 Avant Tribute Edition is powered by the standard 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 591 horses and 590 pound-feet of torque. The mill is also equipped with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It features a Sport Exhaust system, the robust grunt of which can be adjusted using the Audi drive select system.

The Audi RS6 Avant Goes Head-to-Head With The Tesla Model 3 In An Interesting Series Of Races
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The Tesla Model 3 Performance, on the other hand, comes with a two-motor setup – one on each axle – to power all the wheels. It makes around 490 horses and 487 pound-feet of twist. It weighs 4,076 pounds, making it lighter than the Audi RS6 Avant’s 4,575 pounds of curb weight, despite the batteries.

While the RS6 Avant has a Launch Control, this Model 3 doesn’t. That’s precisely what puts both the vehicles on par when starting off the line – one’s got a launch control, the other’s got instantaneous torque. That’s also the primary reason why this isn’t a lopsided race.

The Audi RS6 Avant Goes Head-to-Head With The Tesla Model 3 In An Interesting Series Of Races
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The two cars go through a series of drag races, rolling starts, and brake tests, and the results are pretty much even at the end with each one excelling in one or the other department. Check out the video below to see which car trumped the other in what race and let us know in the comments section below if you got your predictions right.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read full bio
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