When BMW unveiled its particular 128ti mannequin the world rushed to check it to a real-life legend, particularly the Volkswagen GTI. What numerous them fail to say although is that the GTI is a recipe that has been refined during the last 40 years. Positive, BMW additionally has loads of expertise in making automobiles, however most of them are rear-wheel drive whereas the BMW 128ti is a front-wheel drive ordeal, a quite odd chook if you’ll.
The spec sheet says that these two must be very evenly matched. The BMW makes use of a 2-liter B48 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, good for 265 HP and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, all of it despatched to the entrance wheels by way of an 8-speed automated gearbox from Aisin. This setup ought to enable it to succeed in 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in 6.1 seconds which isn’t dangerous in any respect. The issue on this specific race is that the BMW is heavier than its opponent.
Tipping the dimensions at 1,464 kilos, the Veedub is lighter by 41 kilos in comparison with the BMW whereas additionally utilizing a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine beneath the hood. Within the case of the GTi although, the ability determine goes solely so far as 245 HP whereas torque can be a bit decrease at 370 Nm (273 lb-ft). In contrast to the BMW although, the VW makes use of a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox to push the ability to the entrance wheels alone.
On the identical time, the spec sheet says the BMW ought to win this, because the Volkswagen says the GTI will do 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in 6.2 seconds. So, what precisely occurred? Nicely, it wasn’t as shut because the specs would possibly lead you to imagine. The 2 had been neck and neck up till about 50 km/h however one thing occurred with the Golf and it began shedding floor to the BMW from then on out. It’s fairly noticeable too, as you’ll be able to see within the video beneath.