Drag Race: 1,100hp TT RS vs 1,200hp R8 vs 1,100hp 911 Turbo S

June 18, 2021 by

Tuning a car usually involves taking something unassuming and finessing its mechanical innards until it can out-accelerate exotic supercars.

However, what we have here today demonstrates what happens when you start with a supercar and give it the same mechanical-steroid injections. Spoiler alert – it’s a quick one…

First-up, we have an Audi TTRS. This looks like a relatively ordinary two-door sports car, but its 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine cranks out 1,100hp –  that’s more than three times the power it had when it left the factory.

Like the standard TT RS, this car has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and four-wheel drive, and it weighs around 1,450kg.

Next to this compact rocketship is another Audi – this time an R8 supercar. Rather than a 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10, this car is packing a twin-turbo setup that boost power from around 600hp to 1,200hp.

This also uses the standard car’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive system. This car tips the scales at 1,670kg.

Rounding out our trio of tuned cars is a Porsche 911 Turbo S – not a new model, rather a previous-generation 991.2. This started life with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat six with around 580hp, but now it’s been boosted to 1,100hp. Just like the other two cars, this 911 has a seven-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, and its 1,600kg weight splits the two Audis.

Tuned cars with more than 1,000hp apiece (such as these) tend to be tricky to launch, so Mat has his work cut out in this one. Which car will prove the quickest over the standing quarter-mile? You’ll just have to watch the race to find out.

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