New Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Drag Races BMW M850i, GT-R Nismo, Audi R8

New Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Drag Races BMW M850i, GT-R Nismo, Audi R8
It's such a joy to finally be able to talk about the Porsche 911 and BMW 8 Series as rivals. Several generations of iconic Stuttgart sports car have been developed while BMW only now revived the classic nameplate. But does that automatically make one better than the other?

New Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Drag Races BMW M850i, GT-R Nismo, Audi R8

Yes… probably, but not faster. To find out which is quicker in a straight line is like wanting a ballerina to do aerobics: she can do it, but it's a waste of her talents. Still, Carwow's epic four-way drag race will certainly spice up our weekends.

Like the 991 facelift, the all-new 992 features a 3-liter bi-turbo inline-6 engine, but power has jumped to 450 HP and 530 Nm of torque. The "4" badge on its rump means the car uses all-paw-drive to accelerate a little faster. But as Porsche fans know, it's become a little faster.

The Audi R8 looks like a pure supercar in the company of sports car. But its 5.2-liter V10 is not turbocharged and thus may not be suited for brutal performance. The performance version for 2019 makes 620 HP and 580 Nm of torque.

The Nissan GT-R is over a decade old now, but has been incrementally upgraded. This Nismo track-focused version features an angry body kit and 600 horsepower coming from its familiar twin-turbo V6. When it was new, almost no car could keep up with the R35, but is that still true?

Finally, we have the Porsche's rival, a BMW flagship coupe with GT characteristics and an overpowered V8. Specifically, the 4.4-liter makes 530 HP and 750 Nm of torque. But the outcome of the race doesn't favor either of these two.

Instead, the R8 comes in first with a fantastic quarter-mile in a blistering 10.7 seconds, followed by the GT-R Nismo with 11.0 seconds, followed closely by the 911 Carrera 4S with 11.1 seconds. The BMW M850i took 11.6 seconds. To be fair, the two slowest cars cost about 33% less than the Audi and Nissan. So it's not like the outcome is shameful.

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