This is about more than just the performance numbers though. This is an area of concern though as the N55 single turbo powered 535i is half a second slower through the 1/4 mile vs. the Audi A6 as well as 5 miles per hour short on trap speed. That is a pretty big difference folks, especially considering the Audi is heavier by 100 pounds and sending its power to all 4 wheels. I think it is safe to say the Audi supercharged V6 is much stronger than the N55 in stock form. From what we know so far, in modded form as well. Insideline also complains about the 535's response. An Audi having better throttle response than a BMW? What is going on?
BMW's are more than just straight-line performers and the driving dynamics are the area where BMW should dominate. I say should, because it was the Audi dominating. BMW's have pretty much always had better steering feedback and feel than Audi's but not this time around. This is also the major area of letdown with the new F10. It feels isolated and this is a complaint from just about everyone. The Audi even with AWD feels more connected to the road. I hate to say it folks, but this a red flag. The Audi also goes through the slalom at 67.2 MPH vs. the 535's 64.5. The Audi A6 also pulls .90 on the skidpad vs. the 535's .88.
The Audi also out brakes the BMW. These are all categories BMW did not just excel in previously, they dominated. Yes, Audi is improving but BMW seems to be regressing. Maybe time to stop focusing on the 'i' crap and get back to your core product BMW? That, or we can all just drive Audi's. Not really a problem considering they are building a better car at the moment, at least in the mid-size luxury sedan segment. We'll leave you with this from Insideline, eye opening to say the least: