South African Car Magazine takes the BMW i8 to a drag strip to race it against the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Audi RS3. Along with the BMW X5 M and X6 M, the Range Rover Sport SVR is one of the few SUVs that can easily tackle the Nurburgring. The 510-hp supercharged, 502 pound-feet of torque 5.0-liter V-8, eight-speed automatic, and adjustable four-wheel-drive system makes racing seems easy from the comfort and height of an SUV.
These type of power helps the SVR hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is limited to 144 mph.
The new 2016 Audi RS3 runs on a transversely mounted five-cylinder turbo engine. The 2.5 liter displacement engine makes 367 hp and 342 lb-ft of torque. According to the official stats, the RS3 accelerates in 4.3 seconds from 0 to 62 mph. Top speed is limited electronically to 174 mph.
The compact sports car comes with a 7-speed DSG. This lavishly revised suspension system ensures a lowering by 25 mm compared to the Audi A3 Sportback and should also allow controlled drifts, according to Audi.
BMW’s most advanced car built to date – the i8 – is powered by a hybrid system producing 362 horsepower and 420 lb-ft for a 0 to 62 mph of 4.4 seconds.
Three different cars from three different segments and with different philosophies – but which one is faster on a straight line?