BMW M4 CS vs. Porsche 911 GTS: Drag Race
Can BMW’s awesome M4 CS beat Porsche’s GTS in a 1,000-meter dash?
So, you have a brand new BMW M4 CS and a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. It’s a beautiful, dry, sunny day, and there’s a long runway available. Why not set the two mega sports cars against each other in a drag race?
MotorSport quickly found out that neither of these cars is particularly well attuned to drag racing. But as American psychologist Abraham Maslow once said, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” When all you have is a drag strip, every car is a drag racing car.
Both cars are basically equal on power, as the M4 CS has a mega 454 horsepower on tap, while the Porsche is forced to make do with just 450 horses. Meanwhile, the Porsche has perhaps a slight weight and aerodynamic advantage. Perhaps the biggest advantage for the Porsche is the fact that all of the engine weight is slung out behind the rear axle, giving it a huge boost in off-the-line traction. The difference at the end of 1,000 meters (just over six-tenths of a mile) is about 1.2 seconds.
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While the Porsche won this race, we’re still pretty big fans of the Bimmer. The fact is, BMW didn’t build the CS for outright acceleration and drag-strip starts. This car splits the difference between the M4 Competition Pack and the wild M4 GTS, with the Comp’s suspension, sticky Michelin tires, and a split-the-difference power level. If you didn’t get one of the 300 GTS shipped to the US, you can grab a CS and have most of the same fun for a lot less money. Yes, the Porsche won, but we’d love to see the competition have some curves in the mix. Then the BMW might have a fighting chance.