Track Race: Audi RS6 Avant vs Jaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe

Everyone likes an underdog. It's generally much more exciting rooting for the competitor that might win, rather than the dominant player. A bit like being a Japanese supporter at the recent Rugby World Cup: the surprise victory is somehow always sweeter than the foregone conclusion.

As far as underdogs go however, the 2015 Audi RS6 Avant doesn't seem to deserve that title. With 412 kW from a new twin-turbo V8 engine, the latest in a line of ballistic wagons from Audi not only looks demonic, but packs a devilish punch too.

And the noise. Goodness me, the noise. A bassy, aggressive growl that is a perfect aural match for the muscular flared wheel arches, 20-inch wheels and lowered carbon fibre front airdam. It is a car that is astonishingly practical, while delivering a sports-car-meets-muscle-car driving experience.

We were so impressed by the RS6 that we thought it might have a real chance of taking on a proper, more traditionally shaped sportscar. It would have to have a V8. It also had to have all-wheel drive. And more importantly, it had to be available on the exact day we had managed to book the Killarney racetrack. It had to be...the new Jaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe.

If there is a more striking car on the market right now, I can't think of it. The F-Type in white, with these wheels, leaves absolutely everyone in awe. It is a stunning car. And still, marginally better than looking at it, is listening to it fly past at over 200kph. That engine at full chat reduced our entire crew to a mess of blubbering imbeciles.

It would come down to a head to head: one standing-start hot lap of the Killarney circuit per car, with our ace driving champ Ashley Oldfield in charge of the fast stuff.

This is by far and away one of my favourite films we've ever made. Both cars are superstars by their own right, and I hope you'll enjoy watching this video as much as we enjoyed making it.

Special thanks to the team at the Killarney Raceway for helping us complete this film, to Jaguar and Audi for providing the cars (and the tyres!) and to the Workroom for making our films sound so incredible.

 

 

2015 Audi RS6 Avant

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe AWD

Price

R1 465 000

R1 760 187

Engine

4.0 litre twin turbo V8

5.0 litre supercharged V8

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

412kW

405kW

Torque

700Nm

680Nm

Torque peak

1750-5500rpm

3500prm

0 – 100km/h

3.9 seconds

4.1 seconds

Top Speed

250km/h (limited)

300km/h

Kerb weight

2025kg

1730kg

Fuel economy

9.8 litres/100km

11.3 litres/100km

Airbags

6 (opt 8)

4

Boot space

565 litres

324 litres

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