BMW Drag Race: M6 vs. M5 vs. M4 vs. M2

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The real question now is how the all-new BMW M5 would stack up against this quartet. Rematch, anyone?

If you own a BMW M car, chances are you didn’t buy it to go drag racing. That’s a huge waste of all the things an M car offers. However, it’s both fun and interesting to see how different M cars stack up against one another in an all-BMW drag race. Even more fun and interesting is following that up with a rolling-start race. The good news is that Carwow has us covered.

BMW M Drag race

Predictably, the little M2 may be an absolute hoot and the closest thing to an E46 M3 you can buy with zero miles, but it’s not equipped for a straight-line run with the bigger boys. There’s no arguing how quick it is off the line; however, in the case of this bout, it simply ran out of legs.

The BMW M5 and M6 have the same 600-horsepower twin turbo V-8, but the M6 weighs more. Statistically, then, a betting man would have this as a two-horse race between the M4 and the M5. The M4 weighs notably less, but torque and power comes from a twin-turbo straight-six with just 450 horses. The overall powerplant deficit is 150 horses and 111 lb-ft of torque. The weight difference is 750 pounds in favor of the M4.

Will lightness beat power? You’ll have to watch and find out.

How the recently announced all-wheel-drive BMW M5 would do, we don’t know. But it does sound like a good excuse to run a redo of this race later.

Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

Ian can be reached at [email protected]

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