Typically, a Carwow drag race features some high-end, exotic cars that cost more than most people’s homes. How can anyone blame them? Those are the sorts of cars that get clicks. However, there is a growing demand from the Carwow viewership to see some more normal cars, cars that the average customer can afford. So they put two sporty coupes that are accessible to normal people head-to-head in a drag race — the Audi A5 40 TFSI and BMW 420i Coupe.
Both cars are two-door, four-seat coupes with 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines, automatic gearboxes and two-wheel drive. However, there are some distinct differences between the two.
The Audi A5 40 TFSI makes 190 horsepower and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque, while the BMW 420i makes 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. Audi uses a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, while BMW uses an eight-speed ZF automatic (Audi also uses the ZF8 in its more powerful cars). The Audi A5 in this test is front-wheel drive, while the BMW 430i is rear-wheel drive. So which one is quicker?
Well, in three different drag races; one standing, one rolling while in comfort/automatic modes and one in sport and manual modes; the Audi A5 was quicker, shockingly. Yes, it has a few more ponies but BMWs are usually sneaky fast in a straight line and Audis typically underperform in these tests. However, the A5 40 TFSI proved to be the quicker four-cylinder coupe.
The BMW 420i did crawl back with a win in the braking test but only by a bit and that still gives Audi a 3-1 win advantage.
To be honest, we’re a bit surprised by this test but it does prove that even an entry-level Audi A5 Coupe can be fun enough. So if you can’t afford an Audi S5 or RS5, fret not. Whichever A5 you can afford will provide all of the fun and style you’ll need.