• Tesla Model S vs. A 620HP BMW 3 Series E46 - Can Electricity Prove Superior?

Godzilla vs Mothra - American Style

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Since Electric vehicles stormed the car market, many fans of the internal combustion engine have been challenging what is expected to eventually become the mainstream propulsion for future vehicles. Another rivalry between electricity and coal fuel comes courtesy of the official YouTube channel of the Hoonigans, where things are all about…well, hooning.

Tesla Model S vs. A 620HP BMW 3 Series E46 - Can Electricity Prove Superior?
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The rivalry in this video is between a 2012 Tesla Model S P85+ and a heavily-modified 2001 BMW E46. While the Tesla is said to represent the silent future, the modded-out “Beemer” stands for epic sounds and tire-shredding fun.

Some numbers for you. The Tesla Model S P85+ originally has 470 horsepower, although the owner claims a figure of 500 horsepower. The torque figure is around 450 pound-feet (610 Nm). Power goes to the rear wheels only and allows the 4,500-pound (2,041 kg) EV to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds. The car is also lowered and features 15 mm wheels spacers, so the factory 21-inch wheels can be flush with the body.

Tesla Model S vs. A 620HP BMW 3 Series E46 - Can Electricity Prove Superior?
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The BMW is where it gets crazy. The car has a completely gutted interior and custom-made racing seats. The engine is a German-built CBM 6.9-lier normally-aspirated V-8 producing 620 horsepower and around 540 pound-feet (730 Nm). It also features a four-speed dog-box and is able to incinerate the rear tires in…you’ll have to see for yourself. Can this crazy V-8 Hooning machine stand up to the instant torque of Electric motors, or will it go down valiantly?

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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