GTBoard takes on the challenge to drag race the new F80 BMW M3 and the Audi R8.

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The Audi R8 used here is the 4.2 model with a six-speed manual transmission. The R8 sports a 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine producing 420 hp and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque. Standard sprint times are 4.6 seconds with the manual gearbox. Top speed of the R8 is limited to 186 mph (301 km/h).

On the contrast, the F80 BMW M3 features the same S55 3.0 liter inline-six TwinPower engine producing 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear-wheels via a six-speed or an optional 7-speed M DCT transmission. With the seven-speed DCT, the M3 needs 4.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, switching to manual speed, it runs the same distance in 4.3 seconds.

So what we have here are two fairly comparable sportscars when it comes to the horsepower output but very different in the torque output. Thanks to the turbocharged engine, the M3 should pull away from the R8 after the initial roll.

Will that happen? Let’s have a look.