BMW M4 CSL v Porsche 911 GT3: Drag Race

The Porsche 911 GT3 is a powerful, lightweight coupe that pales in comparison to what the BMW M4 CSL can offer. Can the track-focused 911 GT3 compete with a CSL Bimmer in a straight-line race?

Carwow arranges a drag race between the two to settle the score, though it appears that launching was more important here. Before we watch the video, let’s go over the numbers to get a better idea of how these two European rockets compare.

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The naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine in the Porsche 911 GT3 produces 503 horsepower (375 kilowatts) and 347 pound-feet (470 Newton-meters) of torque. Without the benefits of forced induction, it has far less torque than the BMW.

Meanwhile, the BMW M4 CSL is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six engine with 542 hp (404 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque. We can tell that the BMW has the advantage based on these numbers alone, but wait until you see how these cars compare in terms of weight.

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It’s worth noting that the 911 GT3 was 190 kilograms (419 pounds) lighter than the M4 CSL. This gave the 911 GT3 a clear advantage, especially since the M4 CSL was having trouble launching (it simply wasn’t launching properly).

However, it appears that the less powerful 911 GT3 was a better straight-line racer, especially when starting from a dig. It was a different story when done in manual mode and with a rolling start. The latter part of the video above demonstrated the power of the BMW’s boost, as well as a brake test between the two vehicles.

Source: carwow via YouTube

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