BMW i3 vs BMW M3 – Drag Race

Videos | November 10th, 2013 by 9
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Here is the first drag race between BMW i3 and a conventional vehicle, this time, the BMW M3. At the UK launch of the BMW …

Here is the first drag race between BMW i3 and a conventional vehicle, this time, the BMW M3.

At the UK launch of the BMW i3, a group of journalists had the idea to track the BMW i3 against the M3, in a straight line. With its full torque immediately available, the i3 keeps up with the M3 up to 40 mph, but it loses to the M3 in the 50-60 mph.

The i3′s electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton meters, which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons.

The M3 and its 4.0-liter 414-hp V8 runs to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds (4.6 with rollout) and 13.0 at 109.9 mph.

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  • Chuck Vossler

    Impressive, especially given the i3 has driver + passenger and the M3 has only the driver

    • Tommolog

      The i3 is very light and instantly quick when you smash the throttle, particularly in the 0-40 mph zone. However I can’t help but think the M3 driver wasn’t, lets say “doing his best” :)

      • CDspeed

        It sounded like the M3 driver waited a bit long on that first shift, still the i3 did alright.

    • Gavin

      Your doubt the test was fair is understandable….as some journalists on the launch also questioned. That’s why we let them drive the M3 if they wanted. Pro tester couldn’t get the M3 away quicker.

      • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

        Thanks Gavin. You did an awesome job letting them race.

      • Tommolog

        Hi Gavin. Let me first say I love the idea of the event and I have been suggesting that BMW do just this sort of thing! The i3 is very quick and certainly very much fun to drive especially at speeds under 60 mph. Many people don’t equate the fun-to-drive quotient to electric cars so it’s great to see you letting journalists do races like this because it will put the quickness of the instant torque into perspective. That being said, the M3′s 0-35 time is about 2.5 seconds. The i3, as quick as it is takes a full second more – 3.5 sec to get to 35 and will pull away even more as the speed increases so something wasn’t just right -perhaps the drivers? Anyway, thanks for doing this, I really enjoyed it and it really does help to show how quick the i3 is.

  • auaq

    I hate the letter “M” cause I love the letter “i” as in, “I do” in a marriage.

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