On paper, a drag race between the Audi RS4 Avant and the BMW M340i isn’t exactly fair. The RS4 has about 70 horsepower more and it weighs about the same. Plus, it’s a full-on Audi Sport model, while the BMW M340i is an M Performance model, which is more in like with Audi’s ‘S’ cars. So is this new drag race video from Carwow particularly fair?
It wouldn’t seem so at first but the two cars actually stack up better in the real world than on paper. The BMW M340i Touring makes 374 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. While the Audi RS4 Avant makes 450 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. They both weigh about 1,750 kg (about 3,900 lbs). However, the BMW is a lot cheaper.
In the first drag race, the BMW M340i actually gets ahead early and keeps its lead until the end, winning the race. However, in two more standing drag races, the Audi RS4 Avant wins by a good margin. Which means the first result was likely due to Mat Watson having a quicker reaction.
Following the drag race, several other tests were conducted and the Audi RS4 Avant won them all. However, it should win them all. It’s more expensive by a hefty margin, it’s more powerful and it’s the full-on Audi Sport model. It’s supposed to be compared with a BMW M3 and the lesser M340i kept up with it throughout most testing.
So it would seem that Audi needs to step its RS4 game up for the next-generation. It can’t have less expensive, less powerful cars keeping up with the RS4 if it wants to be the segment leader.
Admittedly, we’ve driven the BMW M340i and it’s far faster than its power figures suggest, leading many to believe that BMW lies a bit about its power output. Still, the Audi Sport model shouldn’t have a hard time with less expensive cars.