BMW M8 Drag Races Shelby GT500 In Munich Vs Merica Showdown


The second-generation 8 Sequence Coupe hasn’t fairly lived as much as the status of its illustrious E31 predecessor from the Nineties. On the flip aspect, the present 8er has given us the M8 model that the unique model by no means obtained. Sure, a top-secret prototype was constructed again within the day, however BMW by no means really bought the automobile. A brand new drag race pits the M8 Competitors towards one other V8-powered coupe however of a distinct nature.

The parents over at Edmunds lined up the F92 towards the Shelby Mustang GT500, and the result’s a reminder that energy isn’t the whole lot. Munich’s luxurious bruiser is considerably much less potent as its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 makes “solely” 617 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) whereas Dearborn’s track-focused machine has a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 with 760 hp and 625 lb-ft (847 Nm).

Whereas the BMW depends on the acquainted ZF eight-speed torque converter to route energy to an xDrive system, the Ford has a seven-speed, dual-clutch channeling all that American punch to the rear axle. The load distinction is negligible because the M8 Competitors Coupe suggestions the scales at 4,295 kilos (1,948 kilograms) whereas the Mustang GT500 is barely lighter, at 4,168 lbs (1,890 kg).

Edmunds’ drag races should not typical as they’re referred to as U-drag races because the automobiles battle in a straight line to the quarter mile after which head again to the place they began after doing a U-turn on the center level. This extra advanced process not solely reveals how onerous the automobiles speed up but in addition how good their brakes are. As well as, we get to see how they deal with when it’s time to alter instructions. After the U-drag race is completed, the drivers swap seats and repeat the duel.

On this newest showdown, the BMW M8 Competitors Coupe confirmed the significance of getting all-wheel drive because it was notably faster off the road in each situations. The Shelby Mustang GT500 struggled to place its immense energy down, however as soon as it obtained going, it began to atone for the M coupe. Regardless of having much less energy whereas carrying extra weight, the BMW triumphed within the duels.

Sadly, the 8 Sequence doesn’t have a vibrant future as we’re listening to BMW intends to discontinue the coupe and convertible and solely maintain the Gran Coupe for the third era. As well as, it may additionally lose the combustion engines to develop into an EV by driving on the forthcoming Neue Klasse platform.

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