This unlikely combination of a practical performance four-door sedan and an Italian supercar has given us a race we didn’t know we needed!by Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 04:00
Drag races are almost always fun, and they are absolutely ridiculous when a weird pairing makes for one cracker of a race. Mat Watson from Carwow did that when he got a BMW M5 CS to the drag strip to go up against the Ferrari 812. Both these are cars are completely different from each other – one’s got a naturally aspirated V-12 and the other a twin-turbo V-8; one’s a practical four-door daily driver, and the other, a garage queen and a weekend supercar. But, when they met on the drag strip, all hell broke loose.
What Powers These Cars?
The BMW M5 CS comes with a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine under the hood that puts out 635 horses and 553 pound-feet of torque.
Power is channeled to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It weighs 4,023 pounds (1,825 kilos).
This Ferrari 812 is a limited-edition 70th-anniversary model.
It is powered by a 6.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 engine that makes 800 ponies and 531 pound-feet of twist.
A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox drives the rear wheels exclusively. Despite all the carbon fiber treatment – there’s a lot of it – the supercar weighs just 55 pounds (25 kilos) lighter than the M5 CS.
This Wasn’t As Lopsided As Expected
The first drag race witnessed the BMW M5 CS get a perfect launch and just storm off the line. The naturally aspirated Ferrari couldn’t do much other than stare at its German counterpart’s taillights. It got closer by the end, but not enough to get the win. Replays later revealed that Mat in the BMW jumped the start.
The second race was much closer, although the 812 wasn’t the one to sprint off the line. And, honestly, you can’t even expect it to beat the M5 CS off the line. But, it made up for all that once the wheels stopped spinning and it gained some healthy speeds. It just about managed to beat the Bimmer by the nose to get the first win – or second win if you count the previous race as the Ferrari’s win by disqualification.
The third and the final drag race again saw the BMW M5 CS get a perfect launch. It seemed like the Ferrari had almost caught up with it, but in the end, the CS managed to beat it by the barest of margins. Both the cars completed the quarter-mile run in 10.9 seconds. Phew! Who would’ve expected a BMW to give such a tough fight to a Ferrari!
Next up were the roll races, and we are pretty sure what the results will be. The first race was with the cars in their least sporty settings from 50 mph and gearbox in automatic mode. As expected, the Ferrari sprinted away at kickdown, leaving the BMW to stare at its beautiful derriere.
The second round was with the cars in their sportiest settings and gearbox in automatic mode. Unlike last time, I don’t think the BMW driver could even see the Ferrari’s back this time. It just flew off!
The last round was the brake test from 100 mph. Both cars have carbon-ceramic brakes and weigh almost the same. But, it was Ferrari’s race to lose… and as it turns out, it did lose! A practical, four-door family sedan just beat a Ferrari 812 in the braking test. Man! That BMW M5 CS sure has some crazy stoppers on it.
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