620hp Audi R8 GT v AWD R8 v RWD R8: DRAG RACE

We've got our hands on three marvelous V10-powered R8s, and they will go head-to-head over the quarter mile!

So let's see how the 3 compare. Starting with the R8 V10 Efficiency, it's powered by a 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 that can produce 570hp and 550Nm of torque. Power is sent out to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox, and it pointers the scales at 1,590 kg. If you're seeking to pick one up, it'll cost around ₤ 132,000.

Then we have the R8 V10 Efficiency Spyder. It's real estate the exact same engine was the coupe, however power has actually been increased to 620hp and 580Nm. Power is sent out to all four wheels through a 7-speed dual clutch, but as it's the Spyder it's the heaviest car here, weighing in at 1,695 kg. The rate is likewise up on the coupe, costing around ₤ 167,000.

However that rate is nothing compared to the limited-edition R8 GT – the last completely petrol-powered R8 to ever be produced! It costs from ₤ 200,000, and just 15 of them are set to go on sale in the UK! However, it still features the exact same 5.2-litre V10 as the other cars, and the power output is practically identical to the Spyder, at 620hp and 565Nm! Power is sent out to the rear wheels only, but it's likewise the lightest vehicle here, at 1,570 kg.

So how will this one play out – will the brand new R8 snatch it? Or will the AWD performance of the Spyder power it to triumph? There's only one method to learn … LET'S RACE!

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58 responses to “620hp Audi R8 GT v AWD R8 v RWD R8: DRAG RACE”

  1. carwow Avatar

    Which of these Audi R8s would you choose? VOTE BELOW!

    1. carwow Avatar

      VOTE: Audi R8 V10 Coupe

    2. carwow Avatar

      VOTE: Audi R8 V10 Spyder

    3. Mirza Safwan Avatar
      Mirza Safwan

      Audi r8 gt

    4. Matthew Norman Avatar
      Matthew Norman

      We need a Hyundai Getz on carwow day 264, it’s more like 300 but who is counting

    5. carwow Avatar

      VOTE: Audi R8 GT

  2. boy638 Avatar

    Kinda odd to see a full body color R8 without black side blades. Kinda like it.

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Agree. I also love it.

  3. Nikul Prasad Avatar
    Nikul Prasad

    Having the top down on the spider is obviously going to reduce its aerodynamic efficiency at higher speeds. I think it’s even with the top up

    1. nKrandom Avatar


    2. Cengiz Avatar

      You don’t say 😱

    3. NightTimeRush Avatar

      They had to do it otherwise the GT loses all value

    4. DC Avatar

      How did they not realize the top needed to be up

    5. MJ Avatar

      Exactly. Thank you.

  4. Jesse Mahanjana Avatar
    Jesse Mahanjana

    Matt’s Definetly been getting drifting lessons🤣

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Yep. Kasumi Nakasu has some words for Matt Watson.

  5. The SkeletonKing Avatar
    The SkeletonKing

    carwow putting these insane drag races out regularly is actually really impressive. Well done

    1. Trollz Avatar

      They wanna compete with Hagerty 🤣😊

    2. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      ​@TrollzHagerty cant compete with Carwow bro.

    3. fun364 Avatar

      Seriously, major props to their team who coordinate this major effort.

    4. chilled99 Avatar

      It’s possibly to prerecord several weeks worth of content on one day then release on subsequent days/weeks. Lucky Matt gets to drive them all, what a great job!

    5. gobee Avatar

      @chilled99 Its still a ton of work though.

  6. Bazzyg Avatar

    If Rory had the top up the rear wheel drive R8 wouldn’t have overtaken the Spider at that speed

    1. Ziyaad Kabani Avatar
      Ziyaad Kabani

      Did you mean top up?

    2. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Did you mean keeping up?

    3. Bazzyg Avatar

      @Ziyaad Kabani thanks lol

    4. Ziyaad Kabani Avatar
      Ziyaad Kabani

      @Purwanti Allan Ofc

    5. DaBrute Avatar

      Matt is trying to get every advantage possible so he can win smh

  7. PBA 7 Avatar
    PBA 7

    Please more German techno – traffic news for Matt!🤣

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      What about Mustang Techno?

  8. Raúl Vargas Avatar
    Raúl Vargas

    It is not the extra weight, it is more the aero of being with roof opened and the power losses of being AWD instead of RWD

    1. Draggy654 Avatar

      Its also because of weight

    2. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Audi R8 V10 Spyder realistically has 19kgs less weight than Coupe.

    3. Raúl Vargas Avatar
      Raúl Vargas

      @Draggy654 nope, at high speed it is much more important the aero and the power loss than 6% more weight.

    4. Ethan Avatar

      Weight doesn’t affect top end speed.

    5. Mizou Zizou Avatar
      Mizou Zizou

      It’s both

  9. Youssef Taghi Avatar
    Youssef Taghi

    14 days straight of drag race ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥 we’re living the best days

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Here again 2 months after Nijigasaki NEXT SKY OVA. What a time to be alive. 2 weeks drag race straight! Thanks Carwow!

  10. Niels Weijers Avatar
    Niels Weijers

    The RWD launch is actually incredible, it somehow keeps up with the quattro (at launch aerodynamics don’t play a part)

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      The launch of the 4WD R8 kinda reminded me to Audi TT LM. Absolute amazing.

  11. Riseli : Explore my profile Avatar
    Riseli : Explore my profile

    With the R8 losing its side blade from the 1st gen, I’d go for the convertible among the three. 😅

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      The convertible is always amazing.

    2. 1234567robbie Avatar


      It’s nearly the same performance and I bet the experience is fantastic
      And the engine sound ❤

    3. Marcel Avatar

      If it wasn’t so damn ugly with the roof up, sure. But these soft tops simply ruin all the spyder variants for me as well). God bless mclaren for using hard tops

    4. LIL NUS NUS🗿🍷 Avatar
      LIL NUS NUS🗿🍷

      I’d go with it only if it had hardtop

    5. Joe Avatar

      I believe you can get the side blade, but it’s a paid option 💀

  12. katrinapeachesxx Avatar

    The Spyder definitely had a disadvantage with the top down but great video as always. it also makes kinda kinda sad that these cars will be disappearing soon 😭

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      The Spyder has a minor performance letdown compared to the Coupe.

  13. Jeremiah Cole Avatar
    Jeremiah Cole

    Mat’s impression of the German accent always gets me😂😂

    1. BeBike Avatar

      Wierd to understand the Germana🤣

  14. BeBarnee Avatar

    Laughed so hard on the german techno traffic announcement part 🤣😆🤭
    Give a raise to the editor!! 👏💸💰

  15. Gerard Levinov Avatar
    Gerard Levinov

    These back to back drag races are getting hard to keep up with 😂
    But I love it!


    Happiness is when Mat uploads a drag race everyday! <3

  17. ASTONISHER Avatar

    Carwow is killing it with drag races this month

  18. jayfaz Avatar

    Honestly after seeing this video… I think I’d pick the spyder. It just looks the coolest by far and can keep up with the best of them. Extra weight isn’t too bad

    1. 1234567robbie Avatar

      Absolutely well said
      If your Gona get one I’d have the spider

  19. Nebeo Avatar

    The R8 is a truly beautiful car. Its design is just perfectly balanced between massive “show-off” and understated. The best supercar!

  20. the fameG Avatar
    the fameG

    Wow Mat Watson ain’t missing a good day of content 😂😂 wonderful…I wish he knew how his work makes our days

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