Drag Race: In A Surprising Turn Of Events, A BMW M340i Beats The Tesla Model 3 Performance P3 Fair-And-Square!
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Drag Race: In A Surprising Turn Of Events, A BMW M340i Beats The Tesla Model 3 Performance P3 Fair-And-Square!

You don’t see an EV get beaten convincingly by an internal combustion-engined car too often these days

If the recent history is to go by anything, EVs always destroy internal combustion-engined cars on the drag strip. The Tesla Model S Plaid led this charge and has destroyed many beloved supercars since it came out. So, naturally, when we heard about a Tesla Model 3 Performance P3 taking on a BMW M340i, we assumed it would slaughter the latter with ease. But, in a surprising plot twist, the BMW M340i didn’t just manage to hold its ground, it actually defeated the EV in every race comprehensively. However, there was a reason why it was able to do so…

Here’s How Much Power Each Car Made

Drag Race: In A Surprising Turn Of Events, A BMW M340i Beats The Tesla Model 3 Performance P3 Fair-And-Square!
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The Tesla Model 3 Performance is powered by two electric motors that make 450 horses and 471 pound-feet of torque combined. All four wheels are powered by a single-speed transmission of sorts
The Tesla Model 3 Performance P3 comes with a dual-motor setup that churns out 450 horses and 471 pound-feet of torque.

A single-speed transmission of sorts powers all four wheels here.

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The BMW M340i xDrive features a 3.0-liter, six-pot turbocharged engine under the hood. In the stock form, it makes 382 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque. This example, however, comes with a Stage 2 tune that includes a new downpipe as well as some exterior upgrades.

The result of this is 520 ponies and 490 pound-feet of oomph.

It is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system.

Drag Race: In A Surprising Turn Of Events, A BMW M340i Beats The Tesla Model 3 Performance P3 Fair-And-Square!
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The Model 3 Performance P3 weighs 4,065 pounds, making it a little under 100 pounds heavier than the 3,968-pound BMW M340i. On paper, this gives the BMW an edge over the Model 3 Performance in terms of the power-to-weight ratio. The M340i boasts a power-to-weight ratio of .130 hp/pound versus the Model 3 Performance’s .115 hp/pound.

3-0 For The BMW!

Drag Race: In A Surprising Turn Of Events, A BMW M340i Beats The Tesla Model 3 Performance P3 Fair-And-Square!
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The first round was a standing drag race with the cars in their sportiest settings. The BMW got a good start and stayed ahead of the Tesla off the line. Surprisingly, the Tesla wasn’t able to catch up with it. In fact, the Bimmer manage to create a bigger gap between the two as they approached the finish line to score a convincing victory.

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The BMW jumped the start in the second race and it was chaos overall. So, moving on to the next round, the cars faced each other in a roll race from 31 mph (50 kph). The BMW would be manually shifting here. The Tesla edged the BMW at kickdown, but the latter was quick to unleash its fury and made sure it didn’t have to see the EV’s taillights.

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They repeated the roll race, but this time with the Traction Control turned off. The BMW’s gearbox was locked in automatic to make things a little more competitive. Perhaps it was too much of a gamble because the Model 3 Performance P3 destroyed the M340i at kickdown. However, the BMW came back strong and flew past it to score a 3-0 victory over the EV.

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Do you think a stock BMW M340i could’ve won against the Model 3 Performance P3? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. But, before that, watch the drag race below:

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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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