Watch some previous-gen German luxury performance cars duke it out in drag race action.
Normally we get t see how the current batch of Audis and BMWs get along, but very rarely do we get to see how the previous generation handled themselves. Even rarer is getting to see a BMW M3 GTS, a special edition of the E92 generation with only 150 examples in the entire world.
Powered by a bored-out version of the 4.0-L V8 that powered the car regularly (now at 4.4-L), the GTS has 444 hp directed to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (the 6-speed manual wasn’t available for the GTS). Weight is reduced by 100 lbs or so down to 3,500 lbs, while zero to sixty is done in just 4.3 seconds. Top speed without the electronic limiter is a blistering 190 mph.
On the other end of the track is an Audi RS4 B7. Made from 2006 to 2008, the exterior of the RS4 appears far more dated compared to the M3’s timeless lines. Under the hood is a 4.2-L V8 with 414 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is a far more stately 4.9 seconds with a top speed limited to just 155 mph.
On paper, this doesn’t seem like much of a contest. The RS4 weighs 250 lbs more than the GTS thanks to its wagon body style, and it has a 6-speed manual compared to the GTS’ dual-clutch. However, the RS4 does have AWD, which is crucial for a consistent start in a drag race.
That AWD saved the RS4, allowing it to scoot ahead of the BMW as it struggled to find traction. The M3 eventually managed to grip the pavement long enough to catch up, but it was too little, too late. The RS4 finished a car length ahead in 13.3 seconds, while the GTS finished in 13.4 seconds.
Things were a lot better for the bimmer in the rolling race. Lighter weight and superior power allowed the M3 to simply walk away from the RS4, with the Audi having no hope of catching up.
But then, the Audi is much more of an everyday vehicle while the M3 is more of a track-day toy. You can’t blame Audi for losing to a toy.