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Drag race: Volkswagen Golf R vs Audi SQ7

August 23, 2021 by

What happens if you pit four cylinders against eight? Well, normally you’d assume such a car would be battered, but hold your horses.

Today’s drag race pitches the latest Volkswagen Golf R against the behemoth that is the Audi SQ7 — and you might find yourself a little surprised by the results.

Powering the Golf is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 320hp and 420Nm of torque.

Meanwhile, in the Audi, you’ll find an engine exactly double in all aspects — a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. This kicks out 507hp and 770Nm of torque.

Both cars have all-wheel-drive, and both use automatic gearboxes — with the Golf having a seven-speed DSG and the SQ7 an eight-speed torque convertor.

On that, you’d expect a whitewash by the Audi. But weight needs to be taken into account, with the Golf R coming in at 1,550kg — a huge chunk less than the SQ7’s 2,250kg kerbweight.

Will that truly prove the difference? Well, you’ll have to watch to find out…

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