Battle of the Bimmers pits tradition versus the future

It’s a little hard to believe that it’s been one year since the world of Top Gear was flipped upside its head after the suspension of Jeremy Clarkson and the subsequent departure of all three hosts from the BBC. Yes, time flies about as quick as a Porsche 918 Spyder on steroids. But as we wait for the new era of Top Gear to begin on May 8, 2016, the boys of Top Gear Magazine have been gamely holding down the fort. It hasn’t been said enough, but let’s all give credit to TGM Deputy Editor Jack Rix and Motoring Editor Oliver Marriage for keeping the Top Gear name alive with web segments like “Drag Races”

In the most recent episode of the always entertaining series, Rix and Marriage try to settle the growing debate surrounding the capabilities of the BMW M4 and the BMW i8. Simply put, the two try to find out which of the two sports cars is faster in a quarter-mile. Is it the traditional M4 or the futuristic i8? Despite their vastly different powertrains, both cars are more similar than you’d think. They both weigh the same. Their 0-to-60-mph sprint times are close to identical. One has power. The other has four-wheel-drive. It’s really to close to call!

Rix and Marriage prove as much at the conclusion of their drag race. I’m not going to spoil the winner here because it’s better if you watch if for yourselves. Here’s what I will tell you: it was close. Really close.


2015 BMW M4 Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the BMW M4 here.

BMW i8

2015 BMW i8 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the BMW i8 here.

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