The BMW 7 Series, especially in its long-wheelbase G12 form, is essentially a limousine. The towering sedan is aimed at the chauffeured market, but that doesn’t mean the majestic sedan doesn’t have a grunt.
India coach tests what is hidden under the hood of the 7 Series, in particular the hybrid version 754Le. It is not, however, the most powerful of the Series 7. But it is good since the rival of this drag race is a little outside the league of the 7ers.
Meet, the Skoda Octavia RS. It recently received a complete overhaul, but its predecessor is still on sale in some parts of the world. Now the Octavia RS is a family car, but the one in this race is very different from the regular Octavias on the market.
Tuned to a claimed 400 horsepower (298 kW), the Octavia RS is synonymous with business here and is ready to take on the 7 Series limousine. Tuned by APR, there is one major drawback that this Octavia has by compared to the BMW – it is only front-wheel drive.
And then there’s this fact that the BMW 745Le isn’t child’s play. Powered by a turbocharged twin-scroll 3.0-liter inline-six and electric motor, the 745Le produces 389 horsepower (290 kW) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. All of these numbers are sent to all four wheels, which is the main factor offsetting the output disadvantage compared to the tuned Octavia RS. In addition, the instantaneous torque sent by the electric motor.
Considering the numbers started above, which of these mismatched sedans do you think won the straight-line race? The headline said it was a photo finish, so there’s only one way to find out – by watching the embedded video at the top of this page.