It seems like you’re spoiled for choice these days when it comes to high performance straight six-cylinder mills. BMW makes some of the best in the business and you can find them in complete M cars like the old M4 or the new or in the M440i. Not only that, but with more and more manufacturers returning to this engine architecture, you can also buy one from Mercedes or even Land Rover if you like off-roading.

But today we’re not here to talk about off-roading. Today we’re here to see how much of a difference there is between BMW’s old F82 M4 and the new G82 M4 (both in competition form) and the more down-to-earth M Performance model from the range, the M440i.

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The specs paint a pretty obvious picture. The new BMW M4 Competition is the obvious favorite here because it has the most power. Its 3.0-liter S58 inline-six engine produces 510 horsepower and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque and sends it to the ground via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The problem is, this is the rear-wheel drive model and that could be a problem. Fortunately, the second most powerful car here is rear-wheel drive as well, as the F82 M4 Competition has this layout as well.

In its case, the S55 twin-turbo inline-six 3.0-liter S55 engine under its hood produces 450 horsepower, so it’s a bit behind the new model. However, the less powerful car here might actually have the best chance of winning. This is because the BMW M440i comes with xDrive as standard. Despite having fair 374 horsepower and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, the M440i might actually be able to cut everything down thanks to its all-wheel drive system and we all know how important that is for drag racing. Now let’s see what happens, okay?