BMW M3 Competition Drag Race Volkswagen Golf R
Pitting a BMW M3 Competition against a car like the Volkswagen Golf R may at first seem like a duel between David and Goliath. And somehow it is, but these two cars have a little more to offer than meets the eye, because in the automotive world, performance isn’t the only thing that matters. You also need control. In this case we are dealing with a rear-wheel drive BMW M3 Competition model, one of the first to be manufactured and which can be difficult to bring to market. Or is it?
Well, so far we’ve seen many M3 Competition launches, even rear-wheel drive. Every time the BMW managed to reduce the power quite well. Sure, it’s not as efficient as an all-wheel drive model, but for a car that puts out 510 hp (503 hp) on the rear axle alone, it’s pretty darn good nonetheless. That would have been the main advantage of the Golf R over the M3 under normal conditions, but with the new generation BMW has really stepped up in this regard.
On the spec side, it seems pretty obvious that the Golf is having an uphill battle here. It uses a 2.0 liter four cylinder turbo gasoline engine, good for 320 hp (315 hp) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. It uses a dual clutch transmission and four-wheel drive to get around. Usually this is a pretty fast off-line car, but you need to remember which monster is hiding on the other side of the drag strip.
That would be the M3 Competition with its 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder biturbo engine that develops 510 hp (503 hp) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. It can send all of its power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission, but as mentioned earlier, it does this superbly. The M3 is also about 200 pounds heavier, but when you consider the nearly 200 horsepower difference between the two, you can see that there can only be one winner.