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Trevor Collett | Jan, 02 2015 | 1 Comment

A pair of BMW’s performance coupes have been brought together for a drag race on home soil in Germany; Auto Bild captured the event on film.

Obviously we’re not talking about the 218d verses the 218i here, but rather the evergreen BMW M4 (complete with a ‘new name’, post M3 Coupe days) going mano e mano with the company's astonishing i8 hybrid.

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In the M Division corner, the M4 stands at 1497kg and packs a 317kW/550Nm punch, sending power to the road through the rear wheels via (in this case) a six-speed manual transmission.

Wearing the trunks for BMW’s i division is the i8 coupe weighing in at 1485kg, with a 170kW/320Nm 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine driving the rear wheels and a 96kW electric motor up front.

Combined output for the i8 is 266kW and 570Nm, with power reaching the road through a six-speed automatic transmission.

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So, the BMW i8 has the torque advantage along with less weight and all-wheel-drive, while the M4’s power output is its only trump card on paper.

However, the M4 is actually 0.1 seconds faster to 100km/h from rest than the i8 with a time of 4.3 seconds, but the driver in this comparison was tasked with balancing the engine speed and clutch in pursuit of the perfect start.

So what happened next? Watch the video (top of page) to find out…

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