Can the 6.0-liter V12 diesel beat the modern EV?
At this point, it’s not even fair to call EVs the future anymore. It’s only a matter of time for them to supplant combustion-powered vehicles. As an example of this, watch this drag race between an Audi Q7 V12 TDI and an Audi E-Tron Sportback.
The Q7 packs a diesel-fueled 6.0-liter V12 making 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) and 738 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters) of torque. A six-speed automatic sends the power to an all-wheel-drive system. This model is from Audi’s Heritage fleet.
The E-Tron Sportback has two electric motors making a total of 405 hp (302 kW) and 490 lb-ft (664 Nm) of torque. While EVs have a tendency to be heavy because of their batteries, this one weighs 419 pounds (190 kilograms) less than the Q7.
The first drag race makes it seem like this is going to be close. The E-Tron gets a bad launch, and the Q7 is able to take an easy win. However, the second and third attempts show this was a fluke because the EV scored two victories. For the full story and video, check out this article from Motor 1.