We don’t even care who wins, really

Carwow’s back at drag racing cars with another special episode. This time, Mat Watson takes the current BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 and pits them against the BMW E90 M3 and Mercedes-Benz W204 C63 AMG. As a bonus, the Lexus RC F Track Edition joins this German-only affair. Here’s how it all went down.

Old meets new, but who wins?

Drag Race: Old BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG Meet New M4 and AMG C63
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Alright, so as usual, let’s go quickly through each car’s specs sheet. The current BMW M4 is good for 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque coming from a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. 0-60 mph takes 3.9 seconds with the seven-speed M DCT gearbox, while top speed is 174 mph (unlockable as an option).

The Mercedes-AMG C63 S is blessed with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 cranking out 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque sent through a nine-speed automatic gearbox. 0-60 mph takes 3.8 seconds.

Drag Race: Old BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG Meet New M4 and AMG C63
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As for the old guard, the BMW E90 M3 packs a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter V-8 based on the 5.0-liter V-10 found in the E60 M5. The engine makes 414 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, enough to send the M3 from naught to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

It’s long-time arch rival, the C63 AMG, was designed around a naturally-aspirated, absolutely bonkers 6.2-liter V-8 churning out 451 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque aimed at the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic. It needed just 4.4 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph and is deemed as one of the most vicious AMG-badged cars to come out of Affalterbach.

Drag Race: Old BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG Meet New M4 and AMG C63
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The ‘gaijin’ in this all-German affair is the Lexus RC F Track Edition. The Japanese carmaker fitted the RC F with a high-revving 5.0-liter, naturally-aspirated V-8 pumping out 472 horsepower sent to the rear axle only via an Aisin-sourced eight-speed automatic and a tuned Torsen limited-slip differential. 0-60 takes just 4.0 seconds for the Track Edition, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the regular RC F.

That said, head below and watch Carwow’s video. You’re in for a couple of surprises.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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