Jaguar I-Pace Drag Races Audi RS3 Sedan – Place Your Bets!

One of them is an electric SUV, whereas the other is basically the saloon version of a premium hot hatch.

So, can Jaguar’s challenger to the likes of the Tesla Model X beat the Audi RS3 Sedan in a drag race? Let’s take a look at the specs of both cars first.

The Jaguar I-Pace uses two electric motors mounted on the front and rear axles. The combined output channeled to all four wheels is 400PS (395hp / 294kW) and 696Nm (512lb-ft) of torque. It can reach 100km/h (62mph) in 4.8 seconds in the ‘S’ version and has a top speed of 200km/h (124mph).

Also Watch: Can The Jaguar I-Pace Keep Up With Tesla’s Model X?

Rivaling the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and BMW M2 with a four-door sedan body style, the Audi RS3 is powered by the same engine as its hot hatch sibling, the RS3 Sportback. The turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder lump delivers 400PS (395hp / 294kW) and 480Nm (354lb-ft) of torque, which enables it to go from 0 to 100km/h (0-62mph) in 4.1 seconds, and up to an electronically capped top speed of 250km/h (155mph).

The RS3 Sedan is also lighter than the Jaguar I-Pace, but the latter has the obvious advantage of the instant torque provided by its electric motors.

CarWow did three specific tests: two drag races, from a standing and rolling start, and a stopping test, from which a clear winner emerged. You can find out who that was by clicking on the video right below.


  • Six_Tymes

    I wish tech would advance allowing battery packs to weigh half of what they do now.

    • Earl Scheib

      When they are, and they can be zip charged, I’ll be interested. Until then, give me a hemi and rwd!

      • Six_Tymes

        true. i mean lets face it, a 1000lbs on average for a battery pack, that is crazy heavy! I’m kind of loosing hope that I will ever see battery tech evolve enough to match the weight of gasoline cars, and fill up times.

    • eb110americana

      I’m pretty sure we all do. It’s likely we will live to see that day. Here’s why I believe so: Electric cars actually dominated gasoline and steam powered cars in the early parts of the last century. They weren’t as fast, but they were vastly simpler and more reliable (keep in mind, not everyone was down to hand-crank start a car, which occasionally would get caught and whip around to break your arm). We have had the technology and the invention all along, but ultimately, outside of the last 20 years, battery technology was not ready.

      Even then, it wasn’t cars that drove the shift to the new lithium ion batteries, but rather laptops and cell phones. The first Tesla Roadster was hand assembled from 6,831 (!) individual cells because there were no commercially available automotive li-ion battery packs on the market yet. Essentially, there was zero demand for electric car batteries and zero profit to be had from investment in their development. It was only through consumer electronics that enough progress was made.

      Today, not only are consumer electronics a multi-billion dollar industry, but electric cars are the most relevant they have ever been. The market is expanding more rapidly than it ever has. And so now there is motivation and profit to be had from investment and development of new battery technologies. We frequently hear about things like lithium polymer batteries and graphene batteries based on nano technology. The more people buy, the more rapidly they invest in the market’s future. As things snowball, so too will progress accelerate exponentially. Just look at range, which has doubled in only one product cycle.

      • Six_Tymes

        “progress accelerate exponentially”
        NO offense to you, but that is utter BS. Just words that have been regurgitated for far too long, just like you I have been reading about new polymers, graphene, and nano. I have been reading about various so called advancements and possible new tech for well over 10 years, so to suggest tech will accelerate exponentially is horse manure. Again, not trying to insult you, its just bs, there is nothing accelerating, in fact its a let down, its taking too damn long!

        • eb110americana

          2011 – 75 mile range (25kWh)
          2017 – 151 mile range (40kWh)
          2019 – 225 mile range (60kWh)

          2011 – 35 mile range (16kWh)
          2017 – 53 mile range (18.4kWh)

          You may be thinking that the larger battery capacity means a larger battery pack, but not necessarily:

          “As the first Voltec iteration, the second generation battery pack uses battery cells by LG Chem, their new chemistry reportedly stores 20% more electrical energy. The second generation battery pack uses fewer cells (192 vs 288), weighs 29 lb (13 kg) less and features a capacity increased to 18.4 kWh.”

          Not to mention that the newer, ligher battery also takes the Volt more than 50% further on a full charge. That is only 6 years of progress.

          1996 GM EV1 – 60* mile range (16.5kWh 3086 Lbs.) Lead Acid
          1999 GM EV1 – 160* mile range (26.4kWh 2908 Lbs.) NiMH
          2017 Chevy Bolt – 238 mile range (60kWh, 3563 Lbs.)

          *Note that EV1 range was not rated by the EPA as with later cars, and likely reflects an optimistic number under ideal conditions.

          In only 21 years time, GM has increased their electric car’s weight by less that 500 Lbs.–much of that being the addition of two more seats and doors–and increased its range by MORE THAN FOUR TIMES.

          Progress takes time, but it is happening right under our noses. Sometimes it just takes a little perspective to see it.

  • Earl Scheib

    I mean, honestly, I’m not seeing a winner here at all.

  • Callanish

    I respect cars like the i-pace and tesla for shocking us all on how quickly electric cars are capable of going in a straight line, but I wouldn’t hesitate In taking that RS3 without even a seconds thought. There’s no electric car that could keep up with that RS3 on a back twisty road, maybe the future Porsche electric Taycan or the Rimac, but that RS3 is a weapon on those types of roads.


    Between the two…the I-Pace will win the sales war.
    Win where it matters.

  • FullBoreV8

    Yeah, the EVs are still so heavy.

    • SUV’s are heavy. The BMW i3 is only 1.2 tonnes, yet it’s much larger on the inside as the exterior suggests and as the batteries are down below, it has great grip too.

      • Tom Hilton

        i3 is engineered from the ground up as an electric car. They spent years thinking about it. That’s why it has a range extender – not because the car needs it, but because the infrastructure needs it.

        • That’s exactly my point. EV’s are not so heavy when they are built from ground up. BTW i3 doesn’t have a range extender, that’s optional. The base is pure EV.

  • fabri99

    You could say that the Jaguar… has some Pace.

  • Ward

    I testdrove the iPace today and I have tested teh Model X quite a few times. The Jag is really fun to drive. You don’t feel the weight like you do on a Tesla. Drove it on highway, twistys and rough roads. Just amazing.

    • lagunas3ca

      Makes sense, considering the Model X is a larger SUV and weighs (75D/P100D) 483-829 lbs heavier.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Matt does some of the silliest comparison test, but he’s entertaining none the less.

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