Drag Race: BMW F80 M3 vs Audi R8 4.2

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From Sweden comes again an airstrip drag race this time featuring the new BMW F80 M3 and the Audi R8. The R8 uses a 4.2 …

From Sweden comes again an airstrip drag race this time featuring the new BMW F80 M3 and the Audi R8.

The R8 uses a 4.2 liter V8 engine producing 430 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. Audi rates the sprint for the R8 at 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 176 mph.

The base price for a 2015 Audi R8 4.2 is $119,150. The model used in this drag race was using a 6-speed manual transmission.

After four years in development, the new M3 and M4 graduated with BMW’s latest turbocharged engine, a 3.0 liter six-cylinder unit that has replaced the fans’ darling, V8 naturally aspirated powerplant.

Even though it offers less cylinders and a smaller displacement, 4.0L V8 vs 3.0L straight-six, the new engine and its two turbochargers give it even more oomph than before, while reducing emissions and increasing fuel economy. The torque also sees a significant hike, 110lb ft to 405lb ft between 1850rpm and 5500rpm.

For this test, the M3 owner brought to the fight the 7-speed DCT.

Both cars weigh around 3,300 lbs.

Which one is faster in a straight line? Let’s find out.

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