By October 13, 2015

BMW i8 vs. Audi R8 – Drag Race

Can a lighter, under-powered hybrid sports-car take on the flagship super car from Audi? A BMW i8 plug-in hybrid was pitted against the Audi R8 in a drag race with no rolling start.

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The previous generation V8 R8 is powered by a 4.2 liter engine producing 430 horsepower and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed gearbox giving the super car a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 4.3 seconds.

BMW’s most advanced car built to date is powered by a hybrid system producing 362 horsepower and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) for a 0 to 100 km/h of 4.4 seconds.

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With its advanced lightweight construction, the BMW i8 is significantly lower than the R8 (our estimation say around 110 lbs), but is that enough to beat the Audi R8?

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