It’s the battle for German performance cars when the M340i xDrive Touring lines up against an Audi RS4 Avant in this drag racing video from CarWow. In a straight line, they are surprisingly homogeneous.
The M340i xDrive Touring contains a 3.0-liter inline six developing 382 horsepower (285 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton meters). The RS4 Avant launches into the race with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 developing 444 hp (331 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm). Both weigh 3,858 pounds (1,750 kilograms).
Looking at the numbers, you might expect the RS4 to run away from the M340i in drag racing. However, the BMW actually wins the first drag race because the Audi spins its wheels off the line.
When the RS4 is able to reduce its power, the Audi wagon wins the race. For its best run, the vehicle covers the quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds, compared to 12.4 seconds for the M340i.
CarWow finds something interesting when racing from an 80 km / h speed. These vehicles apparently share the same eight-speed automatic transmission, but they have very different calibrations. The Audi is slow to downshift, which gives the BMW an advantage.
During the stop test, the RS4 Avant shows its impressive brakes. Although having the same weight as the BMW, the stops of the Audi stopped it for a shorter distance.
Unfortunately, none of these models are currently available in the United States. BMW no longer has any in the country. Audi still sells cars but not the RS4. Instead, the four rings offer the larger and more powerful RS6.