Volkswagen Virtus GT 1.5 DSG Vs Audi A3 cabriolet drag race will surprise you [Video]

By Shantonil Nag

With the Virtus, Volkswagen has shown that there’s still good potential for sedans in a country like India, where everyone seems to be buying SUVs. The Volkswagen Virtus banks on the traditional ethos of the German carmaker, including strong build quality and brilliant driving dynamics. In its top-spec GT version, the Volkswagen Virtus is capable of not only being ahead of all of its rivals but also some heavyweights positioned much higher than it. Here’s one video which proves that the Volkswagen Virtus GT is capable to leave the much more expensive Audi A3 Cabriolet behind in a drag race.

In a YouTube video uploaded by Pratham Shoukeen, we can see two persons racing a Volkswagen Virtus GT and an Audi A3 Cabriolet in a drag race. The entire video shows multiple rounds of a drag race between the Virtus GT and the A3 Cabriolet. To our surprise, in all the rounds, the Volkswagen Virtus GT emerged as the winner over the Audi A3 Cabriolet.

The drag race consisted of multiple rounds, including one with traction control off in both the cars, one with traction control on, one in the pure automatic mode, one in the pure manual mode, and one with paddle shifters. In all the rounds, the Volkswagen Virtus GT emerged as the faster car among the two. In the last round, the drivers exchanged their cars to clarify that it was not about the driver, but about the cars. And in that round too, the A3 Cabriolet was left behind by the Virtus GT.

Both cars use TSI engines

It might be surprising for many to see Volkswagen Virtus GT beat a car like Audi A3 Cabriolet, which is almost three times pricier than the former. However, the reality lies in the figures and specifications of both cars. The Virtus GT comes with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol engine, which produces 150 PS of maximum power and 250 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the Audi A3 Cabriolet here is the facelifted version of the car, which came with a last-generation 1.4-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol engine, capable of producing 150 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque.

While both cars are capable of pumping out equal power and torque outputs, there are two more things to watch out for between them. With a kerb weight of 1275 kg, the Volkswagen Virtus GT is almost 195 kg lighter than the Audi A3 Cabriolet, which gives the additional benefit of having a higher power-to-weight ratio to the former. Adding to it, the Virtus GT uses a new-generation 7-speed DSG gearbox, which offers comparatively quicker shifts over the previous-generation 7-speed DSG used in the A3 Cabriolet.


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