Of the slim number of V8-powered coupes left on the market, it’s a battle between Germany, Japan, and the USA
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by Andrew Gutman
Due to the nature of the automotive industry and its trend towards more practical, do-it-all vehicles, there aren’t many coupes left in the market, and even fewer powered by an 8-cylinder engine. Of those few remaining cars, YouTuber Sam CarLegion decided to pick one from arguably the three countries best known for making vehicles, then pit them against each other in a race.
From Japan, there’s the Lexus LC500, which is the least powerful of the bunch, but also the lightest. Representing the USA is the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, which is the most powerful, but only the second lightest. Falling somewhere in the middle is the BMW M850i from Germany, which is neither the lightest nor the most powerful, but has the advantage of being the only car with all-wheel drive.
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Comparing specs, the Lexus makes 471 hp (478 PS / 351 kW) and 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque from a 5.0L naturally aspirated V8, and weighs in at 4,371 lb (1,983 kg). The Dodge makes 717 hp (727 PS / 535 kW) and 656 lb-ft (889 Nm) of torque from its 6.2L supercharged V8, and it tips the scales at 4,436 lb (2,012 kg). Finally, the BMW makes 523 hp (530 PS / 390 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque from its 4.4L twin-turbo V8, and weighs 4,478 lb (2,031 kg).
By all accounts, it should be the Challenger’s race to win, seeing as it’s the most powerful car by nearly 200 hp (203 PS / 149 kW) and is only 65 lb (29 kg) off from the lightest car, but surprisingly, that wasn’t the case. In the first drag race, the BMW’s all-wheel drive allowed it to obliterate the other two off the line, and it just kept pulling from there, finishing comfortably ahead of the Dodge and the Lexus in 2nd and 3rd respectively. A similar result ensued in the second drag race, in which the M850i finished lightyears ahead of the Challenger, which finished shortly ahead of the LC500.
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Moving on to the roll races, the BMW no longer had the launch advantage, and it showed. In the first race from 31 mph (50 km/h), it was still able to emerge victorious, but not by nearly as much as it was able to from a dig. The finishing result was the same from the drag races, with the M850i in first, the Challenger Hellcat in second, and the LC500 in third. The 50 mph (80 km/h) roll race was what really leveled the playing field, though, as it actually saw the BMW start on the back foot before ultimately finishing second behind the Dodge and ahead of the Lexus.