It’s protected to imagine the BMW M5 Competitors and Audi R8 V10 Spyder are by no means cross-shopped by patrons for the reason that two vehicles are vastly totally different. One can carry the entire household in utmost consolation whereas the opposite solely has room for a single passenger. One is an opulent and sensible sedan whereas the opposite is a totally fledged supercar with a mid-engined format and a folding roof. Add into the combo the huge value hole and you find yourself with two vehicles which have virtually nothing in widespread.
However, it’s at all times thrilling to see how two totally different efficiency philosophies stack up in a superb ol’ drag race. The German facet of Carwow lined up the 2 vehicles, that are each being retired this 12 months, with a brand new M5 (G90) due in 2024 whereas the R8 sadly isn’t getting a substitute. The 2 have considerably totally different powertrains – a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 for the tremendous sedan and a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 for the Spyder.
The outgoing S63 engine is nice for 625 hp and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) in Competitors guise whereas Ingolstadt’s ten-cylinder mill shared with the Lamborghini Huracan produces 620 hp and 580 Nm (428 lb-ft). Each have automated transmissions sending the engine’s output to all 4 wheels, however the M5 has an eight-speed torque converter whereas the R8 has a seven-speed, dual-clutch ‘field. Then there’s the load because the model carrying the 4 Rings is about 170 kilograms (375 kilos) lighter.
The 2 vehicles fought in a number of drag races and one of the best time achieved was a ten.7-second dash to the quarter mile for the BMW whereas the Audi did 10.9 seconds. We are able to additionally see the vehicles dueling in rolling races earlier than a brutal brake check from 100 mph (161 km/h) the M5 Competitors gained fairly surprisingly by a major margin.
The M5 and R8 mark the start of the tip of the ICE period because the automotive business is shifting towards electrification via plug-in hybrids and pure EVs. That additionally contains efficiency vehicles, and BMW already has the XM plug-in hybrid SUV to prepared the ground whereas Audi has the electrical RS E-Tron GT sedan.
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