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    • Drag and rolling races between the Mercedes-AMG GT C, McLaren 570S Spider, Audi R8 Spyder, and BMW i8

      This race is fairly predictable as the car that gains the least amount of weight from dropping its top is the McLaren 570S. Which also happens to be the lightest coupe to begin with and the fastest of this quartet.


      The R8 Spyder has a detuned 5.2 liter V10 with 532 horsepower. It is not sporting the full 610 horsepower is could (and should) be.

      Mercedes-AMG builds a lovely widebody AMG GT C with a 550 horsepower M178 variant.

      BMW does not have a car in the class of these vehicles but it does produce the i8 with its 1.5 liter turbocharged three-cylinder and hybrid powerplant. This is a car for someone who wants a fancy Prius they can pretend is a sports car.

      Instead of a proper drag race with the tops up Carwow goes for entertainment (yawn) value of dropping the tops and then getting on the gas. Well, the AMG is the quickest there followed by the i8. The McLaren is third with the Audi taking quite a long time to finish the process.

      After the 'roof race' they do a proper drag race although with the tops down. The R8 gets a jump and all wheel drive traction helps quite a bit. The McLaren 570S runs it down easily though and passes taking the win. The AMG is third followed by the i8.

      They do a roll race with the cars miraculously in manual mode so they start in the right gear. The Mercedes-AMG GT C gets the win but the 570S is passing it as it hits the brakes. Obviously the McLaren is faster yet the AMG is given the win. The R8 comes up third and the i8 finished in back as usual.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: Drag and rolling races between the Mercedes-AMG GT C, McLaren 570S Spider, Audi R8 Spyder, and BMW i8 started by Sticky View original post
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      1. MSIZZLE's Avatar
        MSIZZLE -
        Sticky I had a 720whp M6, then R8 with VF tune, and now an I8. I gotta tell you the I8 is by far my favorite, I will admit though I'm 37 with 3 kids and a career, my car meet days and street racing are over because i have way too much to lose plus no time. Do I enjoy speed and performance still of course I do, but these days my car is like a rolling party for me and the wife. We get dressed, blast our music, car is a rolling celebrity, then pulling up to the valet in front of a nice restaurant is an event every time. As far as performance a few I8's have test in the high 3's for 0-60, its around town fast, its down shift fast, the instant torque is a different feeling. The car is of course not a rocket ship but will equal a base 911 or corvette around town. For some reason other than the wailing V10 sound I couldn't fall in love with my R8, the lack of tech in the gen 1 is horrible, I had a 2015. The car was kinda plain. Oh one other thing, after being spoiled with the butterfly doors and a carbon tub it will be hard to ever give that up. The mono coupe just feels so right. Im a guy that can afford any car I want up to 120ish and I chose this car, its an absolute treat to drive. There is a a few tunes offered for the car that I will end up getting, it will be 450ish bhp. For full disclosure though my next car will be a 570s, it will give me the wild look of the I8 and i will get back the performance of my previous cars
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by MSIZZLE Click here to enlarge
        As far as performance a few I8's have test in the high 3's for 0-60, its around town fast, its down shift fast, the instant torque is a different feeling. The car is of course not a rocket ship but will equal a base 911 or corvette around town.
        It's decent off the line but a Corvette or 911 it is not. The new 911's are really damn quick.

        I understand your point. The i8 just isn't my thing. I think BMW could have had something spectacular and they went more for a tech demo than sports car.
      1. MSIZZLE's Avatar
        MSIZZLE -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        It's decent off the line but a Corvette or 911 it is not. The new 911's are really damn quick.

        I understand your point. The i8 just isn't my thing. I think BMW could have had something spectacular and they went more for a tech demo than sports car.
        Well lets say they said to hell with fuel economy and put the S55 in this car and a few M goodies in the suspension, man oh man this would be something special. With or Without the E motors up front . S85 even better but I doubt it would fit. Car doesn't really need a trunk because you have back seats.
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by MSIZZLE Click here to enlarge
        Well lets say they said to hell with fuel economy and put the S55 in this car and a few M goodies in the suspension, man oh man this would be something special. With or Without the E motors up front . S85 even better but I doubt it would fit. Car doesn't really need a trunk because you have back seats.
        Well I was hoping it would be something special like that.

        Honestly, even a four-cylinder at the minimum...