The BMW M line has long been the automaker's performance wing, but now that the i8 has arrived, the M division isn't the only brand at BMW producing impressive sporting machines.
German car magazine Auto Bild recently decided to pit the new BMW M4 and i8 against each other in a drag race. Looking at the numbers, you'd think these two cars would be evenly matched, but does one model have an edge over the other?
The BMW M4 delivers 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6, with a curb weight of 3604 pounds. In our tests, the coupe accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and completed the quarter-mile in 12.2 seconds at 117.8 mph. Taking a closer look at the BMW i8, it weighs 3378 pounds, has a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds, and can do the quarter in 12.4 seconds at 112.1 mph. Its turbocharged 1.5-liter I-3 and dual electric motors produce a combined 357 hp and 420 lb-ft. of torque.
The i8 is lighter by more than 220 pounds, but the M4 produces more power. The electric motors should give the i8 the edge off the line, but then again the M4's twin turbos pack a tremendous low-end punch. That all adds up to a pretty close match-up. With that said, check out the video below to watch to find out which Bimmer wins. Skip ahead to 1:14 for the drag race action. You can also watch the video here.
Source: Auto Bild via YouTube