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Watch The BMW M3 Make A Mockery Out Of The Volkswagen Golf R In A Series Of Straight-Line Races

The Golf R looked like a joke going up against the BMW M3, which is quite surprising!

Drag races are fun when the cars involved in the race are closely matched and you don’t know which one’s going to win. They’re even more fun when they’re vastly different from each other, but make for a hell of a race. Or, sometimes the underdog snatches a win over the car expected to be the winner. However, there are some lopsided races once in a while, and this one between the BMW M3 Competition and the Volkswagen Golf R is one of them. Both the cars are known for their performance, but when they came face-to-face, it was a different story altogether.

How Much Power Do These Cars Make?

Watch The BMW M3 Make A Mockery Out Of The Volkswagen Golf R In A Series Of Straight-Line Races
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The Golf R features a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 320 horses and 302 pound-feet of torque.

Power is routed to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

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The BMW M3 comes with a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder twin-turbo mill that puts out 510 HP and 479 lb/ft of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that powers the rear wheels
The BMW M3 is powered by a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder twin-turbo mill that dishes out 510 ponies and 479 pound-feet of torque.

It is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that powers the rear wheels exclusively.

The Golf R, despite its all-wheel-drive system, weighs 397 pounds lesser than the 3,814-pound BMW M3

The Golf Didn’t Look Like A Threat To The M3

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‘Carwow’ came up with another drag, this time involving a BMW M3 and a Volkswagen Golf R

They had only one drag race because it was enough to prove that the BMW M3 is a little too much for the hot hatch. The BMW completed the quarter-mile race in 11.7 seconds, a full second quicker than the Golf R.

Watch The BMW M3 Make A Mockery Out Of The Volkswagen Golf R In A Series Of Straight-Line Races
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The BMW M3 won the standing drag race comfortably. It took 11.7 seconds to complete the quarter-mile, whereas the Golf R took 12.7 seconds

The rolling races were also one-sided. The first one was from 50 mph in the Comfort setting. While the power disparity is understandable, the Golf R has the lightning-quick dual-clutch gearbox that should have had a better kickdown than the M3 with the torque converter. Surprisingly, it didn’t and the BMW won comfortably. The result was pretty much the same in the second rolling where the cars were engaged in their sportiest setting.

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The M3 managed to win the brake test as well, thus bringing the Golf’s misery against its German counterpart to an end

As for the brake test, the heavier BMW managed to stop at a shorter distance, thus ensuring a clean sweep over its German counterpart. Well, this was one of the most lopsided races that seemed to be a lot more exciting on paper than in reality. They aren’t exactly rivals, so you can’t really blame the Golf R here and call it a slouch. Not to mention, the BMW costs twice as much as this Volkswagen. So, there better be a difference in the performances.

Watch the video below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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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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