The iconic Porsche 911 takes on the BMW i8 on track. A classic vs a technical powerhouse, can the BMW deliver or does the Porsche take the win? The folks over at EVO Magazine go to the track to give us the answer.
The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS PDK uses the Powerkit” from the Carrera S of freer-flowing intake runners and higher-lifting valves with 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine developing 424 hp at 7,500 RPM and 325 lb-ft of torque at 5,750 RPM. The engine is mated 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 911 also has a lowered Sports Chassis and a limited-slip rear differential.
Porsche claims that the 3,340-lb cabriolet with the PDK can hit 60 in just four seconds flat (the 146-lb lighter coupe is said to do the trick in 3.8).
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BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The i8 weighs 3,284 lbs.