BMW M4 Competition takes on Toyota GR Yaris in unusual drag race

A true internet sensation and forbidden fruit in the United States, the Toyota GR Yaris is considered by many to be the spiritual heir to the legendary Lancia Delta Integrale. The hot rally sedan is one of the few performance cars that still combines all-wheel drive with a manual gearbox. Even though it has a small three-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters, it still packs a punch.

With 261 horsepower and 360 Newton-meters (266 pound-feet) in service, the Gazoo Racing Yaris is a little monster. As impressive as it sounds on paper, can it really stand a chance of winning a drag race against the latest BMW M4 Coupe? Not just any G82, but the most powerful Competition version. South Africa is watching AUTO had the same question and decided to field them in a quarter mile showdown.

We will remind you of the twin-turbo S58 engine with its inline-six configuration and 3.0-liter displacement propelling the M4 Competition developing much more substantial 503 hp and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft). Even though this is the rear-drive model rather than its grippy xDrive counterpart, the Bavarian Coupe is still significantly heavier than its smaller competitor, carrying nearly 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) more than the fiery hatch from Japan. .

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Drag racing is certainly a David vs. Goliath case as one car takes 5.2 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standstill and the other will accomplish the same task in just 3.9. seconds. However, the M4 was slow to start due to slow driver reaction while the GR Yaris got off to a perfect start thanks to its AWD setup.

To anyone’s surprise, the BMW quickly closed the gap and effortlessly took the lead to secure a comfortable victory. With a better start and all-wheel drive, the difference between the two would have been even greater. That’s not to say that the GR Yaris is slow, especially considering that it’s much cheaper than an M4 Competition and comes with a shifter.

Of course, the comparison is a bit pointless since we are dealing with two cars playing in different leagues. That said, we still love to see noticeably different performance vehicles battle it out in drag races.

[Source: CAR / YouTube]

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