Drag racing usually pits two or more cars against each other with similar performance or in respective segments. Still, it’s interesting how two models that don’t directly compete with each other fare on the Strip.
This time it’s a German civil war with BMW and Mercedes-AMG clashing. From Munich it’s the BMW M340i xDrive, while raising the flag for Affalterbach is the A35 AMG Sedan. They are both performance sedans, but these cars are quite different from each other. These cars are not even in the same size class.
Let’s start with the Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan. The A35 falls into the subcompact luxury sedan category and is smaller than the BMW. However, the A35’s size may also be its advantage as it weighs less. For comparison, this car tips the scales at 3,461 lbs (1,570 kg) while the BMW weighs 3,849 lbs (1,746 kg). The A35 sedan uses a 2.0-liter turbo engine that develops 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. Transmitting that power to the road is handled by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends it to all four wheels.
The BMW M340i xDrive has a size and weight disadvantage. However, it compensates for this by packing a healthier punch under the hood. The M340i uses a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six with 382 horsepower (285 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque. The BMW has an advantage of 80 horsepower (60 kilowatts) and 74 pound-feet (100 Newton-meters) of torque. Like the Mercedes-AMG, it’s also all-wheel-drive, but more power goes to the rear wheels.
There are a few things to consider in this test. First, it was done in not-so-ideal conditions with wet spots on the tape. On the contrary, the results are seconds away from the manufacturer’s claims. Still, it’s a test of which car can cut power better and pull away farther than the other. Two tests were also carried out, but the second pitted a fully loaded M340i against an unloaded A35 sedan. We won’t tell you the result, but the BMW’s boosted straight-six is hard to beat.