World's Greatest Drag Race Makes Us Realize How Poor We Are

Write up by Anthony Alaniz (Anthony_Alaniz). Video from Motor Trend.

Motor Trend, which has pushed heavily into the YouTube market with a slew of automotive-themed shows, has built upon its Best Driver’s Car event by hosting what it calls the World’s Greatest Drag Race—an Internet draw for petrol heads everywhere.

The gist is this: Take 10 of the newest, hottest performance cars on the market and pit them against one another in slew of typical automotive events—like drag racing. This year, the California publication got a host of great cars. Here is the full list:

• Ford Fiesta ST -197 horsepower
• Volkswagen GTI – 217 horsepower
• Subaru WRX STI – 305 horsepower
• Alfa Romeo 4C – 237 horsepower
• BMW i8 – 357 horsepower
• Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – 505 horsepower
• BMW M4 – 425 horsepower
• Jaguar F-Type R Coupe – 550 horsepower
• Nissan GT-R Nismo – 600 horsepower
• Porsche 911 Turbo S – 560 horsepower

Beside the fact that this drag race had 3953 horsepower in totality, only four seconds separated the leader from the last loser, even though there was a 403 horsepower disparity between those cars.

The winner, surprisingly, wasn’t the GT-R Nismo, which ran the quarter mile in 11.1 seconds at 125.4 mph. Instead, it was the 911 Turbo S, which clocked a 10.9-second quarter mile at 126 mph.

The rest of the lineup clocked these times and speeds:

3. F-Type – 11.8 @ 122.3 mph
4. M4 – 12.2 @ 117.5 mph
5. Camaro Z/28 – 12.3 @ 117.2 mph
6. BMW i8 – 12.4 @ 112.1 mph
7. 4C – 12.80 @ 104. 8 mph
8. WRX STI – 13.1 @ 104.4 mph
9. GTI – 14.5 @ 97.9 mph
10. Fiesta ST – 14.9 @ 94.6 mph

While the list isn’t surprising, we would love to get behind the wheels of all of these cars. A 600-horsepower GT-R would be a blast, but the spritely Fiesta ST is on a level of automotive hooning like no other car is. Which one would you want in your driveway?


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Born and raised in southeast Michigan. Chose to stay out of necessity. Staff writer at a small community newspaper covering city government, the schools and whatever else happens in town. J-school graduate from EMU, weekend mechanic, car enthusiast and open-road connoisseur. Open to all invites of hospitality and adult beverages.
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