With a model lineup that is constantly increasing, it is actually not that hard to find two seemingly-different BMW models that have very similar performance. Out of the many combinations available, the Germans from AutoBild decided to choose the BMW M4 and the i8 plug-in hybrid and let them decide which one is faster in a straight line. Their approach can be many things except for scientific, especially since the actual distance of the race is not shown, but it is all in good fun.
In left corner we have a 2015 BMW M4 of the slower variety, since it is equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, three-liter, inline-six with 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, the M3 Coupe replacement should hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds if the conditions are perfect. In the right corner we have an entirely different animal in the form of a 2015 BMW i8. Powered by a turbocharged, 1.5-liter inline-three that is paired with an electric motor, making for a total of 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the i8 should go from naught to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds according to official specifications.
So, on paper we have two very different yet very much alike BMW models, making for a somewhat clear motive out of AutoBild’s choice in the matter. In the real world though, shifting gears in a manual BMW M4 is not an exact science, nor is trying to keep up with an i8 that has all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission with launch control. In other words, even if the official numbers were somewhat in the M4’s favor, it would need perfect conditions and a very good driver to get the best out of the model.