BMW i3S Drag Races Classic Dodge Charger – Video


Move over old ass Dodge Charger. There’s a new BMW i3 ready to smoke you in the “first meters.”

When it comes to drag racing, electric cars often get the early jump off the line, so BMW Deutschland came up with a plan to highlight its newly revealed 2018 i3s.┬áLet’s pit it against the drag strip reference car from back in the ol’ days – the Dodge Charger.

There’s some comedic value to the video, but the point is still quite clear. Electric cars are seldom beat off the line. Yes, those gas relics can eventually catch back up, but the electric car is king off the line. It’s that instant torque, ya know.

Video description (crude translation via Google)

“Powerful. Silence. Directly. Thanks to the full electric drive BMW eDrive, the BMW i3s accelerates from 0 to 60 km / h with an impressive 3.7 seconds. A tap on the accelerator pedal is enough – and the incomparable dynamism unfolds. Unbeatable on the first meters.”

BMW i3s Versus Classic Dodge Charger

That’s 0 to 37 mph in 3.7 seconds, which is quick enough to catapult the BMW i3s ahead of the Charger right out of the gate. The new i3s can hit 62 mph in 6.9 seconds, which isn’t terribly impressive really given its 184 HP and 200 pound-feet of torque. It’s certainly not in Tesla’s uber-performance league of mid 2-second 0 to 60 MPH runs with the P100DL (not that we expect it to be), but the i3s can certainly stand its ground against most modern day ICE sedans/hatchbacks.

For reference (and note the speed listed is 30 MPH, not 37 MPH like for the BMW), previous tests have found that the Chevrolet Bolt can whiz from 0 to 30 MPH in just 2.9 seconds, while the Chevy Volt accomplished the feat in only 2.6 seconds.


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I liked that this video showed them doing a stop light grand prix race, which is what most drivers will encounter normally.

Sure, 0-60 numbers can be impressive. But 0-30 is what most people will see regularly.

“Powerful. Silence.”

Is i3 silent on powerful acceleration? SparkEV makes futuristic sounding “jet engine” noise on full throttle. I find that sound more powerful (like millennium Falcon on Hyperdrive) than any gasser farting noise.

Someone mentioned that Bolt makes similar noise.

2016+ Volts have a similar noise as well.

It does make noise. It’s quieter than a Bolt though.

The motor is in back, it’ll be quieter than something with the engine up front. Which is why a RWD Tesla is quieter than an AWD one for example.

In my experience every EV except a Fit EV makes the same noice under acceleration, just to varying degrees.

The Fit EV has a “polytonal” inverter whine unlike all other EVs. You should hear it some time, it sounds interesting.

I’ll take a charger

This “test” mainly shows the advantage of traction control systems, as that (probably 1969) Charger burns a lot of rubber off the line due to driver error, while the BMW’s TCS prevents wheelspin.

FWIW, according to Car and Driver, their January, 1970 instrumented road test of a 1968 Charger Hemi showed a 0-30 time of 1.7 seconds, 0-60 was 4.8 sec, 0-90 10.0 sec, and a 13.5 sec quarter mile at 105 MPH.