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BMW Z4 M40i Drag Race Against Audi TTS, Boxster GTS Ends In Bitter Sadness

The BMW didn't win! The BMW didn't win?! No. How? Every review of the new Z4 M40i talked about how it a good rival for the precise, engaging Porsche Boxster. We kept quiet, hoping that it would at least be faster.
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BMW Z4 M40i Drag Race Against Audi TTS, Boxster GTS Ends In Bitter SadnessBMW Z4 M40i Drag Race Against Audi TTS, Boxster GTS Ends In Bitter Sadness
Normally, we'd leave the outcome to speak for itself. But in this case, we have a sneaking suspicion that the cars shouldn't be matched in this way. Since all three platforms are different, the deciding factor should be the price, with a little leeway left for Porsche and its crazy cash grab.

Starting with the Z4 M40i, this is the top version of the new roadster developed with Toyota. The European version makes 340 HP from a 3-liter turbo, gets from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and will set you back €63,750.

The TTS Roadster is like a Golf R with sexy bodywork. Under its hood is a 2-liter turbo sending 306 HP to the non-permanent quattro for a sprint to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. It costs €57,800, so about 10% less than the Z4 M40i. Carwow may not have been able to get a TT RS Roadster, but if they did, we'd comment about the €70,500. Are the new emissions taxes messing with our performance idols?


If you think Audi wants crazy money, consider the 718 Boxster GTS starts from €83,600 with PDK, which automatically also gets you Sport Chrono. We think winning this race without the feature wouldn't have been possible, as a manual GTS is slower even than the TTS.

These three cars have been competing in one form or another for almost two decades. It's interesting that even though Porsche lost two cylinders, it still makes the quickest accelerating machine. But the gap is pretty small now, and picking the Z4 M40i for the sound and the flashy design seems like a no-brainer.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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