[Video] Battle of Speed: BMW X5 M Competition vs Audi RS Q8

The BMW X5 M Competition finally gains true competition with the arrival of the Audi RS Q8. This Audi variant is a direct rival of BMW’s M SUVs. We all know how Audi somehow stayed out of the limelight in the ultra high-performance market but it arrives now to compete with BMW’s X5 M Competition. Both cars feature twin-turbo V8 engines with roughly 600 horsepower, ZF eight-speed automated transmissions, and all-wheel drive. So, now we check which one runs the fastest.

Daniel Abt shared with us a drag race video of the two high-speed SUVs to check which among them gets the spotlight. Abt used to race for Audi’s Formula E team so this might look like a biased you at first that he will be biased. His tuning company also deals most of the time with Audi. However, he was recently removed from Audi’s Formula E team but he was driving the BMW in the video.

On paper, it appears to be a difficult decision. A 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque in the BMW X5 M Competition. With a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, the Audi RS Q8 has less horsepower but more torque. Both cars have all-wheel drive and smart launch control, and use practically the same transmission.

The Audi RS Q8 appears to have slightly superior off-the-line launches, as proven by this video. In two of their three standing drag races, the RS Q8 edged out the Bimmer by a fraction of a second, while the third race saw the RS Q8 keep pace with the Bimmer. However, when the event started, both vehicles appeared to be winning the race. The Audi RS Q8 won the lone rolling race by a significant margin. The BMW, on the other hand, was a lot easier to slide around during their short but fun drifts session.

Now, we decide which SUV deserves the title. The competition makes it a little more confusing, unexpectedly. The two automobiles are similarly fast even when one outperforms the other by a little margin. At the end of the day, the two cars are incredibly fast with extremely comparable performance.

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