BMW M240i and Audi RS3 with similar power battle in tight drag races
The BMW M240i and the Audi RS3 are not direct rivals since one is an M Lite car while the other is a full-fledged Racing Sport. However, the M2 G87 won’t be released until later this year, so the M Performance model will have to suffice for now. Mind you, this is not a stock M240i as it received a Stage 1 kit boosting the straight-six engine to a respectable 450 horsepower.
The B58 now produces around 80 additional hp after installing an Eventuri carbon fiber air intake, JB4 tuning box and Milltek exhaust which removed the in-line mounted gasoline particulate filter. factory. It rolls on Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires and it should be noted that this is the xDrive model. This summer, BMW is starting production of a slightly lighter but slower rear-wheel-drive M240i.
As for the Audi RS3, the high-performance compact sedan from Ingolstadt also went through a stage 1 kit. Its 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine now produces 460 horsepower and sends power to all four Bridgestone tires. Potenza in a car that weighs 115 kilograms (254 pounds) less than the BMW. With a little more power and a significantly lower curb weight, the RS3 has a better power-to-weight ratio which should help it with straight-line acceleration.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a drag race this close as the cars were neck and neck throughout the battle. It was a proverbial photo-finish in the first duel, but it seems that the Audi RS3 Sedan had a slight advantage. The BMW M240i xDrive got its revenge in the second drag race and surprisingly won by a significant margin.
The green RS3 got off to a better start thanks to quicker rider reaction on the third drag run, and although the M240i was able to close the gap, it was another victory for the Four Rings. In the rolling races that followed, the Audi won the first and last duel while the second was a draw.
All in all, there wasn’t much between these two. The M2 G87 won’t necessarily be faster than the M240i xDrive unless that juicy new rumor that BMW is giving it AWD turns out to be true.
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