You may want to call this one before it even starts, but hold on; more muscle doesn’t always necessarily equate to dragstrip victory.
In this video by TFL Car, we get to watch a drag race between the premier champion of Bavarian auto tech – the BMW i8 – and the hallmark of American sports cars: the 2015 Corvette Stingray.
This 2015 example of the C7 Corvette Stingray has the eight-speed automatic transmission (allegedly faster-shifting than even Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK), and all 455/460 horses that come packed into the 6.2L LT1 V8. The BMW i8 has a punchy little electric motor to power the front wheels, putting down 131 horsepower (and more impressively, an awesome 184 lb-ft of torque), and a 231 horsepower three-cylinder to propel the back.
What we have here is a much more powerful internal combustion engine in a classic FR layout, versus less power, supplemented by the aids of all-wheel drive, motor weight over both axles, and the instantaneous high torque that comes with utilizing an electric motor. Talk about your apples and oranges comparisons.
The result? Yeah, the mighty Corvette conquers the futuristic i8. But the two are closer than you’d expect.