Top Gear Races the Lotus Exige Cup 430 Against the Audi RS5 and the Porsche Cayman GTS


Lotus, Porsche, and Audi drag race

Sport vs. Sporty vs. Sportiest

On paper, you might not be surprised to see the result in the Top Gear video below. However, you might be surprised to see the manner in which it happens. The Lotus Exige Cup 430 is a bonafide speed racer and it makes 430 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. It only weighs about 2,400 pounds. It has some serious competition, though. 

The Audi RS5 offers all-wheel drive and a twin-turbo engine that makes 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It weighs around 3,700 pounds. The Porsche Cayman GTS offers 360 hp 317 lb-ft of torque and weighs about 3,300 pounds. That’s a decent spread of numbers, but it’s clear who should win. 

In the video below, you’ll see that the result is as you’d expect it. However, Audi genuinely surprised us. For most of the video, it looks like it’s going to win and then the Lotus manages to stretch its legs enough to outpace it. The Porsche, we expected a bit more from. It’s a fantastically quick car, and it’s almost painful to see it trounced so. 

Watch to see how the outcome comes about. Even though you know the result, it’s still fun to see in real time. Rory Reid also provides some excellent commentary while the cars are doing their thing.