BMW and Audi are fighting for the same class of customers who want performance and luxury delivered in a well-designed package. The two brands are notorious for trolling each other, but the battle for real superiority is often won on the track. Last year, Carwow found out that the BMW M5 is faster than the Audi RS6 Avant in a drag race, so she decided to see how the BMW M550i would stack up against the Audi super wagon.
The M550 is a step below the full-fledged M model in the BMW lineup, but it packs a powerful powertrain. Under the hood is the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that powers the M5, though it’s tuned to produce 530 horsepower (395 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) of torque in the M550i. That’s less than the 600 hp (447 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque from the Audi’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. However, the BMW is 352 pounds (160 kilograms) lighter.
Both German cars have eight-speed gearboxes with launch control powering all four wheels, but the less powerful BMW just doesn’t live up to the Audi. The first standstill drag race shows that the BMW is off to a good start, but the Audi is easily making its way to an easy victory. The two rolling race starts are no different, with the Audi gearbox shifting through gears faster and throwing it to victory two more times.
Carwow ends this video like any other – with a brake test. If BMW were to win any of the events, it would have been this one, but it doesn’t. The Audi came to a halt a shorter distance, sweeping the BMW aside, but it didn’t gain by much. The Audi RS6 seems to divide the difference between two BMW performance models, on the heels of the M5, although well ahead of the still powerful M550i. Audi is not making it easy for buyers.
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