The Lamborghini Huracan and Audi RS6 Avant are not direct competitors. However, that conversation changed when the ABT Audi RS6 Avant Johann Abt Signature Edition sat down next to the Huracan STO for a drag race. The two couldn’t be more different, but some of those differences disappear when the two race on the drag strip, as Daniel Abt’s new YouTube video shows.
The engine specs are barely comparable. ABT tuned the Audi to produce 790 horsepower (589 kilowatts) and 723 pound-feet (980 Newton-meters) of torque, although the RS6 Avant can deliver up to 738 lb-ft (1,000 NM). That’s more than the stock output of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. The Huracan STO uses a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 630 horsepower (470 kW) and 417 lb-ft (565 Nm) of torque.
Audi has the upper hand with its all-wheel-drive system, but it’s much heavier than Lamborghini. The Audi tipped the scales at 4,739 pounds (2,150 kilograms). The Huracan STO only drives the rear wheels, but is much lighter than the Audi at 2,951 lbs (1,339 kg).
The first race was a quarter mile long, and Audi AWD made it possible to get a solid launch from the front line of the Huracan. However, Audi was too heavy to hold on to its lead, with Lamborghini slipping ahead just before the finish line, finishing the quarter-mile race in 10.89 seconds. That’s slightly faster than Audi’s 11.17 seconds, which is impressive for a family carriage.
The two half-mile (800 meters) races that followed didn’t give Lamborghini as much legroom as one might think. In both cases, Audi and Lamborghini finished fairly close, but Lamborghini was still faster, clocking 16.97 and 16.91 seconds respectively. Audi took 17.33 and 17.21 seconds, respectively. The final rolling race took away Audi’s only advantage – AWD – and Lamborghini had no trouble putting enough distance between the two before crossing the finish line.
While a straight line drag race shows little difference between the two, the story will be quite different on the track. Lamborghinis that are lighter, more agile and designed to be tracked will move away from the heavier Audis.