700-HP BMW M4 Vs Acura NSX Drag Race Holds A Surprising Upset
In a drag race, a showdown between all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive with nearly equal power output will most likely end with all-wheel-drive first. The benefit of having all four wheels grippy from a standing start is definitely an advantage, although there are of course many other factors to consider.
Take this confrontation, for example, courtesy of Hoonigan on Youtube. Face to face, two very different cars: an Acura NSX and a first generation BMW M4. Both cars are modified in one way or another, both developing around 700 horsepower. No exact numbers here as the owners were unaware of the exact production numbers of their competitors.
The Acura NSX is the AWD competitor here. It is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and three electric motors. The owner said there was a little tune, involving downpipes and 100 extra horsepower. It is also on the original tires.
Meanwhile, the BMW M4 had a reworked engine bay, with a 3.0-liter turbocharged S55 producing around 700 horsepower sent to the rear wheels. Although a downside, the M4 actually wore slicks, which should be a benefit in terms of grip.
In fact, it was proven on the first lap of the drag race. On a standing start, the Acura NSX just flew up and blew the M4 out of the water. As expected, the Acura got off to a better start. The Hoonigan crew decided to level the contest and put both cars in rolling-start drag races for rounds two and three, which was a total game-changer.
Here the BMW M4 has upset the AWD NSX. It was just really faster at faster speeds, which didn’t give the Acura any chance in the contest.