An Alfa Romeo 4C takes on a BMW M2 Competition and Lotus Exige 350 Sport in this latest drag race video.
Three small European sports cars line up in this drag race that asks which country makes the better compact car: Germany with the M2 Competition, Italy with the Alfa Romeo 4C, or Britain with the Lotus Exige 350 Sport.
The M2 Competition is known for being a fast and sporty ride. Powered by a 3.0-L turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine, it gets 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque--easily the most powerful car of the three. And it has to be since it’s also the heaviest at 3,560.5 lbs.
Since this is the dual-clutch version, zero to sixty is done in 4.2 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Next we have the Alfa Romeo 4C, a car we rarely see here in North America. Under the hood is an oddly sized 1.75-L turbocharged 4-cylinder that puts out only 240 hp and 258 lb-ft. However, since this is the European model of the 4C, it weighs a mere 1,973 lbs. That’s over a full 1,000 lbs less than the M2!
The Alfa has a 6-speed dual-clutch and can go from zero to sixty in an advertised 4.5 seconds, but you’ll see in the video that the true number is probably a lot lower.
Finally, we have the Lotus Exige 350 Sport. Powered by a supercharged 3.5-L Toyota V6 engine, the Exige has 375 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 178 mph. It’s also close to the Alfa in terms of weight at just 2,372 lbs.
It has a 6-speed manual transmission, which means the skill of the driver will determine how far the Exige will go in a drag race.
We get two races between these three sports cars, and the results are quite surprising. In both races, it’s the Alfa that takes the early lead and keeps that lead to the very end. We think that the Lotus might have had an inexperienced driver behind the wheel since they spun their wheels on the second race and couldn’t keep up with either the M2 of the 4C.
But the power-to-weight advantage of the featherweight 4C proved too much for the M2 to best, giving the Alfa the checkered flag.