When it comes to the fastest Audi, what metrics can you go by? 0-60 times, top speed, quarter-mile times, or horsepower? Well, you’re in luck, we’ll be providing all of those figures and more when it comes to the fastest Audi’s on the market as of 2021. Sure you can tune RS3 to be faster than an R8, but we’re going strictly out of the factory.
Obviously, modern vehicles are getting faster and faster with technological advances happening every day. The numbers used for the Audi’s listed below are straight from Audi themselves. In this post, we’ll be going over the top 10 fastest Audi cars as of 2021. We will be providing 0-60 times, quarter-mile times, top speed, horsepower and torque numbers, as well as MSRP. With electric vehicles becoming the norm in the next 5-10 years, this list will change dramatically because the Tesla Roadster has a claimed 0-60 time of 1.1 seconds. Especially with Audi’s new acquisition of Ken Block assisting in future EV projects, keep an eye on Audi for future EV machines.
Top 10 Fastest Audi Vehicles — 0-60 Times (Top Speed)
- R8 V10 Performance – Under 3 seconds (205mph)
- RS7 – 3.0 seconds (190mph)
- R8 Competition – 3.2 seconds (199mph)
- S8 Plus – 3.3 seconds (190mph)
- RS6 Avant – 3.5 seconds (198mph)
- TT RS – 3.6 seconds (174mph)
- R8 Spyder – 3.7 seconds (203mph)
- S8 – 3.8 seconds (190mph)
- RS3 – 3.8 seconds (180mph)
- R8 V8 – 4.0 seconds (186mph)
10. Audi R8 V8
The R8 was first introduced with a V8 engine in 2006 and it came with a 6-speed manual option and a 7-speed automatic transmission. Nowadays, the R8 V8 4.2 FSI puts down 424hp and 317lb-ft of torque. There are many 0-60 times listed online, but we saw consistently 4.0 seconds with a quarter-mile time of 13.5 seconds. The 4.2 FSI engine pushes to a top speed of 186mph.
With that said we’ve seen an upgraded R8 V8 that boasted an impressive 0-60 time of 11.1 seconds @ 132mph.
Base MSRP: $109,720
9. Audi RS3
This is by far one of our favorites on the list because not only is the RS3 rather affordable, but it packs a punch for a car that only weighs 3,593 pounds.
The RS3 was first introduced in 2015 and it is the highest performance trim for the A3. It is still being produced today and features a special 2.5 TFSI 5 cylinder that puts down 395hp and 368lb-ft of torque. The engine codes that can be found in the RS3 are CZGB, DAZA, and DNWA. It comes with a 7-speed S Tronic automatic transmission. Surprisingly, this engine has a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 180mph.
Depending on what country you are in, there are different optional aesthetic packages that can be ordered. For example, the Black Optic package or the Dynamic package. There is a stage 3 setup available that would push the RS3 to over 740hp.
Base MSRP: $56,200 (as of 2020 model year)
8. Audi S8
The Audi S8 is a full-size luxury sedan that features an impressive engine under the hood. IT is an upgraded high-performance version of Audi’s A8. It has had four generations since its introduction in 1996. D2 (first-generation) was produced from 1996 – 2003, D3 (second-generation) was produced from 2006 – 2010, D4 (third-generation) was produced from 2012 – 2020, and D5 (fourth-generation) began production in 2020 – present. It was fitted with Audi’s quattro® system from the get-go.
Nobody would expect this, but under the hood, the Audi S8 features a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine that puts down 563hp and 580lb-ft of torque. It features the “hot V” turbocharger design that helps the turbos spool more quickly and improves throttle response. With this new technology, the S8 has a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 190mph.
Base MSRP: $130,900 (as of 2021 model year)
7. Audi R8 Spyder
The R8 Spyder first secretly premiered in Iron Man 2, but many Audi enthusiasts quickly noticed that this wasn’t a regular R8 with a soft top. It was formally introduced to the public at the Frankfort Motor Show in 2009. Production began in 2010 with a naturally aspirated 5.2 FSI V10 engine that puts down 562hp and 406lb-ft of torque nowadays. It boasts an impressive 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds with speeds topping out at 203mph. In 2011, Audi introduced a 4.2 FSI V8 that put down 424hp and 317lb-ft of torque that boasted a 4.8 0-60 time.
In today’s world, the R8 Spyder only comes in a 5.2 V10 engine. We’ve seen some newer Spyder’s put out 850whp on 93 octane and 1150whp on race fuel.
Base MSRP: $160,900
6. Audi TT RS
The Audi TT has three generations MK1 (1998 – 2006), MK2 (2006-2014), and MK3 (2014-present). The TT RS was actually the first Audi vehicle to carry the “RS variant”. It was first used in 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans as a safety car. Following the Le Mans race, the TT RS was available for consumers to purchase in late 2009 and it came in two body types: coupe and roadster. In 2012, the Audi TT RS plus was introduced.
The TT RS features a 1-2-4-5-3 firing order 2.5 R5 TFSI engine that now puts down 394hp and 354lb-ft of torque. This impressive turbocharged engine boasts a 3.6 second 0-60 time, 13.6 quarter-mile time, and a top speed of 174mph. With a curb weight of only 3,329 pounds, the TT RS is a true go-cart. We’ve seen some TT RS’ with stage 3 packages that put out up to 900h!
Base MSRP: $72,500 (as of 2021 model year)
5. Audi RS6 Avant
The Audi RS6, sometimes referred to as RS 6, is a high-performance variant of the Audi A6 series. The first-generation (C5) RS6 was produced in 2002 – 2004, the second-generation (C6) RS6 was produced in 2007-2010, the third-generation (C7) RS6 was produced in 2013 – 2018, and the fourth-generation (C8) RS6 was produced in 2019 – present. Interestingly, the C6 & C7 RS6 were only sold in Europe.
Okay, let’s get down to the performance of the RS6 Avant. It features a massive 4.0L TFSI twin-turbo V8 that puts down 591hp and 590lb-ft of torque. It has an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with the quattro® system. The RS6 Avant has a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds, top speed of 198mph, and a quarter-mile time of 11.5 seconds @ 120mph.
The RS6 Avant is our second favorite on this list because of its massive power output with stage 3 kits to push it over 1,000hp. Although it is rather expensive, it is one of our favorites because of its aesthetics.
Base MSRP: $116,500 (as of 2022 model year)
4. Audi S8 Plus
We talked about the S8 at the #8 spot, but in 2016, Audi introduced the S8 plus. It was built by Audi Sport (GmbH) and featured the same engine but with increased power. The 4.0L twin-turbo V8 puts down 605hp and 517lb-ft of torque that features an 8-speed automatic transmission. The powerful V8 boasts an impressive 3.3 second 0-60 time, 11.5 second quarter-mile time, and a top speed of 190mph.
Base MSRP: $130,900
3. 2015 Audi R8 Competition
At the time of its release, the R8 competition was the most powerful car ever made by Audi. The R8 competition was released at the end of the R8’s first-generation production run in 2015 and was a limited edition. This limited-edition was so rare that only 60 units were made for the US.
It featured an odd firing pattern 5.2L V10 engine that put down 570hp and 398lb-ft of torque. With an engine like that, you can bet its times are impressive. It boasts a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds, a top speed of 199mph, and a quarter-mile time of 13.5 seconds. The only transmission that was available on this vehicle was a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Base MSRP: $200,000
2. Audi RS7
Surprisingly coming in at the #2 spot is the RS7, or referred to as RS 7. First introduced in 2013, the RS7 was a high-performance variant of the A7 variant. The RS7 was not only a performance upgrade from the A7, but there were many other improvements including: cylinder on-demand system, adaptive air suspension, power extending spoiler, upgraded wheels, upgraded grille, interior and many more.
The RS7 features a 4.0 TFSI twin-turbo V8 engine that puts down an impressive 591hp and 590lb-ft of torque. The 4.0 engine came with an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. It boasts an impressive 3.0 second 0-60 time, top speed of 190mph with the Dynamic Plus package, and a quarter-mile time of 11.3 seconds. We’ve seen some stage 3 kits that push the RS7 well over 1,000hp.
Base MSRP: $118,500
1. Audi R8 V10 Performance
As it shouldn’t be a surprise, the R8 V10 performance, formerly named V10 plus, is still Audi’s fastest car. It is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Sports System platform that is shared with the Lamborghini Huracan, which happens to be our dream car.
The R8 Performance features a 5.2L NA FSI V10 engine that puts out 612hp and 428lb-ft of torque. With an engine like that and a vehicle that only weighs ~3500 pounds, this is the go-cart of all Audi’s. It boasts a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 10.6 seconds @ 134.5mph, and a top speed of 205mph. If you are willing to pony up extra money in mods, this car can easily see over 1,100hp.
Base MSRP: $148,700
Fastest Audi’s Conclusion
To conclude this post, we want to reiterate that we are going off of Audi’s factory numbers. We understand that any of the top 5 could be the fastest with the proper mods. This list will more than likely have to be changed in the near future as Audi continues to innovate in performance and technology. So what is the fastest Audi car out of the factory? The Audi R8 V10 Performance.
If you like our content and would like to read more, here is a write-up on what Audi’s quattro® stands for.