On paper, a drag race between a new 2015 BMW M4 with an inline 6-cylinder and a 2014 Dodge Charger SRT 8 with a Hemi V8 shouldn’t even be close. In the real world, on a drag strip, things can turn out much different. The new 2015 BMW M4 is powered by a TwinPower turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder which produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb ft of torque. The 2014 Dodge Charger SRT-8 is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 which pumps out 470 horsepower and 475 lb ft of torque. No contest right? Watch and see who wins.
The new BMW M4 runs the quarter mile in 12.27 at 119 mph, the 2014 Dodge Dodge Charger SRT8 12.70 at 108 mph. The specs would say the Charger should have a big advantage over the M4. But take a look at the difference in weight. The M4 weights in at 3,556 lbs (1,612kg), the Charger SRT 8 tops the scales at 4,400 lbs (1.995kg). The M4 is also turbocharged while the SRT 8 is naturally aspirated.
Also noticed the BMW M4 leaves the line a full second before the Charger SRT-8 and gets a hole shot right out of the gate. The M4 driver was clearly quicker at the line. This proves there’s more to the story than what’s on paper or even what happens at the strip. Take the same two cars, switch drivers, and there could be a very different outcome.