Can a 2018 Audi S3 out-drag a 2008 Audi RS4?

Turbo four vs. naturally aspirated V8.

2y ago

It's amazing how much a difference 10 years can make in the world of engine technology.

Mechanical advancements to forced induction, and smaller capacity enigines along with fast-shifting transmissions, four cylinders can now give V8s a run for their money.

Mat Watson from carwow, decided to test this by pitting a 2018 Audi S3 against a 2008 Audi RS4.

The S3 is powered by a 2.0-litre, turbo four cylinder with 213kW/380Nm, while the RS4 has a 4.2-litre V8 producing 309kW/430Nm.

Both cars have all-wheel drive, but the S3 has a lower kerb weight (1545kg vs 1710kg), a dual-clutch automatic, and launch control.

Despite being neck and neck in the rolling race, the S3 walked away from the RS4 in the quarter mile (400m), completing it in 13.5 sec compared to 14.0 sec.

But this isn’t the first-time a turbocharged car has spanked another car with a larger engine on the drag strip, with Volkswagen Golf Rs being able to chop many of our local heroes.

A lot can change in 10 years, but even more over 50 years. In '71, a Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III could accelerate from 0-100kph in 6.4 sec and now a Ford Focus RS can do the same in just 4.7 sec.

So, yes old-timers, there is a replacement for displacement.

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Comments (4)

  • I'll take displacement AND a pair of turbos.

      2 years ago
  • Who cares ? The S3 and all of these modern Turbo cars sound so dull. When you have to synthesize the exhaust note you know you are in trouble. Old RS4 and old Golf R32 I would buy any day over this newer techno tat...

      2 years ago
  • Progress!

      2 years ago