Drag racing is a great way to judge performance between cars. Often, rival brands and models line up to run to the quarter-mile finish line to see which is faster. But the latest drag race video from Carwow does not challenge its rivals in a race for segment supremacy. Instead, it’s a quirk quartet – BMW M340i, Mercedes-AMG G63, Audi RS Q3 and VW T-Roc R.
The AMG G63 contains a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 developing 585 horsepower (436 kilowatts). He tipped the scales at 2,550 kilograms (5,621 pounds). The T-Roc R has half the cylinders, producing 300 hp (223 kW). It tilts the scale at 1,570 kg (3,461 lb).
The Audi has an additional cylinder on the T-Roc, sporting a five in line that makes 400 hp (298 kW) while weighing 1,700 kg (3,747 lb). Then there is the BMW M340i in its wagon flavor with its 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine of 374 hp (278 kW). All four have all-wheel drive and automatic gearboxes.
The first race allowed the four to start fairly regularly before the cars got into position. The BMW takes a slight lead before moving away from the others, the Audi struggling early. The G63 has the most power, but that power also has the most weight to move, and it’s not like the aerodynamic aid of the G-Wagen. The BMW timed a quarter-mile time of 12.3 seconds. The G63 came in second with 12.4 seconds, followed by the VW at 12.8 seconds and the Audi at 12.9 seconds.
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Two soft start races followed, with the BMW winning both. However, the Audi fared better, beating the VW in both cases. The last event was a brake test. Audi won with BMW and VW tied for second. The AMG came last, but its heavier curb weight didn’t send it too far ahead of its competitors.
The Drag Race of Oddities is a reminder that power is not entirely crazy if it carries a ton of metal. The weight plays an essential role in the performances, and BMW, much less powerful and less expensive, has the assets to compete with a gigantic SUV.