BMW’s current portfolio consists of vehicles with all sorts of powertrains – petrol, diesel, hybrid, electric and hydrogen. We live in a time where different groups of consumers find different types of drive units more suited to their needs, and it should come as no surprise that some opt for a twin-turbo V8, while others will prefer a battery-powered motor. system. The good news is that BMW’s model lineup has plenty of pretty fast vehicles, no matter which type of powertrain you’re most interested in.
This new drag race from Carwow is here to show us two of the fastest machines the Bavarians currently sell in action. The M8 Competition and iX M60 couldn’t be more different – one is a grand tourer with performance aspirations, while the other is a large family hauler with a zero-emissions powertrain. Let’s compare the numbers and see which one has an advantage before the race starts.
Under the hood, the sleek coupe features a 4.4-liter twin-turbo engine that develops 625 horsepower (460 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) of torque. An eight-speed automatic torque converter sends power to all four wheels and a launch control feature helps with acceleration from a standstill. The four-seater weighs 4,354 pounds (1,975 kilograms).
By contrast, the iX in M60 trim uses a dual-motor all-electric powertrain with a 105-kilowatt-hour battery (our colleagues at Carwow list battery capacity in kilowatts, which isn’t correct). The drive system generates 619 hp (455 kW) and 811 lb-ft (1,100 Nm) of instant torque. It is, however, significantly heavier than the M8 Competition, tipping the scales at 5,697 lb (2,584 kg). So, to sum up, the electric SUV is slightly less powerful but has higher torque.
After this introduction, it’s finally time for drag racing. The video features several different battles in which the cars are in different driving modes. You will surely be very surprised by some of the results, so be sure to watch the video till the end.