Audi RS3 Sedan takes on Jaguar I-Pace in oil versus electricity drag race

Both cars have 400 horsepower and all-wheel-drive, but that’s where the similarities end

When it comes to drag racing, everyone acknowledges that electric cars should never be underestimated. The instantly available peak torque makes them unbelievably quick off the line, helping offset their typically bigger mass.

As one of the newcomers on the electric car market, there’s a lot of curiosity surrounding the Jaguar I-Pace, and it goes without saying that people want to see how good it is in a good old fashioned drag race. To do that, Carwow pitted the all-electric crossover against one of the quickest compact performance cars around, the Audi RS3 — seen here in sedan guise.

Both vehicles have 400 metric horsepower and all-wheel drive, but the Jaguar wins the torque battle by a long shot: it’s got 696 Nm (513 lb-ft) available at the first push of the accelerator pedal while the Audi has 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) from 1,700 rpm.

The RS3 Sedan makes up for that with a much lighter mass, however: it weighs 1,590 kg (3,505 lb) compared to the Jag’s 2,133 kg (4,702 lb). Factor in all these key differences and similarities and we should be in for a close duel. Besides the drag race, the video also includes a rolling race starting at 50 mph (80 km/h) and a brake test starting at 70 mph (113 km/h).

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