[Video] BMW M5 CS vs Audi ABT RS6-R in a drag race

The BMW M5 CS recently showed itself on the channel of the Audi tuner in Germany named Daniel Abt. In a straight line, the M5 CS won against the Audi RS7. Given the size of the gap between the two vehicles, the term “beating” may be a bit of an exaggeration. In this video, Daniel compares the same car from his own company. He brings the ABT RS6-R that has a bit more power.

The ABT tuning company has been modifying Audis for decades. If you’re unfamiliar with them, they have some pretty cool stuff in their garage. Their most recent models are based on Audi’s current RS6, RS7, and other RS beasts. Based on the RS6 Avant, the ABT RS6-R stars in this video. Nevertheless, the power output of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine under the hood has been increased to 740 PS and torque to 920 Nm (678 lb-ft). Over the standard car’s 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft, this shows a slightly significant improvement.

On the other hand, the BMW M5 CS relies on the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 we saw against the RS7 the other week. This engine produces 635 PS and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. The M5, therefore, is at a slight disadvantage here. Nonetheless, the BMW M5 CS is 250 kilos lighter than the Audi, which is nothing to mock at.

So, how did these cars perform? The Abt model benefited greatly from the weather conditions in this situation. While launching the M5 CS was not ideal, the Quattro all-wheel-drive system performs better in wet/rain conditions. Despite this, the BMW M5 CS won the first standing start race. It crossed the finish line first as it succeeded in catching up to the Audi. The BMW then suffered two losses. However, things turned around once more in the rolling race.  The M5 CS performed superbly, given that the Abt RS6-R has an additional 105 horsepower.

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