The iconic Porsche 911 takes on the BMW i8 on track. A classic vs a technical powerhouse, can the BMW deliver or does the Porsche take the win? The folks over at EVO Magazine go to the track to give us the answer.
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The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS PDK uses the Powerkit” from the Carrera S of freer-flowing intake runners and higher-lifting valves with 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine developing 424 hp at 7,500 RPM and 325 lb-ft of torque at 5,750 RPM. The engine is mated 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 911 also has a lowered Sports Chassis and a limited-slip rear differential.
Porsche claims that the 3,340-lb cabriolet with the PDK can hit 60 in just four seconds flat (the 146-lb lighter coupe is said to do the trick in 3.8).
BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The i8 weighs 3,284 lbs.
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