Yet another drag race, but this time between two BMW cars. The new F85 BMW X5 M takes on the previous generation E90 M3. Both cars are stock and equipped with an automatic transmission; the X5 M uses the 8-speed automatic while the E90 sends the power to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch gearbox.

The new M-developed SUV is powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery than the previous generation. The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine is 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm.

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At the same time, the engine’s peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The new M version of the BMW X5 to sprints from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds.

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The last generation BMW M3 is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 and it’s the only M3 that revs to an insane 8,300 rpm. Its S65 V8 was named International Engine Of The Year from 2008-2012 in the 3.0 – 4.0 liter category. Performance wise, the E92 M3 is a monster on track and on the road, some magazine tests show 0 to 60 times of 3.9 seconds for the DCT-equipped models.

The engine produces 414 hp at 8300 rpm, with peak torque of 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) at 3900 rpm.

The M3 weighs 1,685 kg (3,715 lb) while the new X5 M tips the scale at 2,386 kg (5,260 lbs). So with less power and lighter, would the E90 M3 be able to keep up with the X5 M on a straight line?