The new Audi RS3 may have some of Audi’s rally DNA, but how does it compare to a full-blown rally car? To show the progress over the last 40 years, the team at carwow decided to drag race the new Audi RS3 against the classic Audi Quattro Rally. So let’s see how good the new Audi RS3 does in drag racing.
The Audi RS3 is an anomaly in today’s car market. In a sea of cars powered by an inline-4 engine, the RS3 stands out as one of the few cars powered by an inline-5. This unique engine configuration is part of Audi’s motorsport DNA where the 5 cylinder engine propelled Audi to win the most prestigious rally of the 1980s.
The Audi RS3 is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 that produces 401 horsepower (300 Kilowatts) and 369 lb-ft of torque. The powerful Inline-5 is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and sends power to all four wheels via Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system. This powerful sports sedan can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and 0 to 100 mph in 8.9 seconds.
The RS3 may pay homage to Audi’s past rallies, but its rival in this drag race is the real deal. The 1985 Audi Sport 1 Quattro Group B rally car featured in this drag race is the source of Audi’s legendary rally heritage. This high-performance rally car dominated Group B rallies and helped Audi cement its reputation as one of the toughest sports cars on the loose.
The 1985 Audi Sport 1 Quattro Group B Rally is powered by a 2.1 liter turbocharged inline-5 engine that produces 500 horsepower (372 Kilowatts) and 355 lb-ft (480 Newton Meters) of torque. The powerful Inline-5 is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and benefits from Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Which of these impressive Audis is the most capable of drag racing? Let’s find out.