If you want to move five passengers in very rapid fashion and you've got a $75,000 budget, two newly introduced four-door models immediately come to mind – both are the highest performing vehicles in their respective segments. But which is faster off the line, to the 60-mile-per-hour benchmark or flat-out over an even longer run? Evo took both to paved aircraft runway to find out.

In lane one we've got the all-new Porsche Macan Turbo, which boasts a twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V6 rated at 400 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The Porsche is fitted with a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, and the 4,244-pound crossover has the traction advantage of standard all-wheel drive. In lane two is the all-new BMW M3, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six rated at 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. It is also equipped with a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, but only the rear wheels of the 3,595-pound sedan are driven. Both the BMW and Porsche arrive with launch control, which helps to remove driver error off the line.

Which automaker's launch control system is better off the line? Does all-wheel-drive grip give the crossover the advantage it needs to overcome its adversary's power-to-weight advantage? Will aerodynamics factor into the results? Which would you put in your garage, and why? The video may surprise you.


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      pavsterrocks
      • 4 Months Ago

      Stupid comparison, but I was surprised that the Macan was ahead up to about 60 MPH - probably better launch with AWD.  And that's pretty much all that matters on real streets with real speed limits.  Go figure.

        DMW2315
        • 4 Months Ago *Edited*
        @pavsterrocks

        The Macan was only ahead to about 30-MPH.  By 60-MPH, it was already a car length back.  Stop light drag races up to 60 are for teenagers.  Where it counts on real streets is when a car is "rolling" and then you accelerate, kind of like a highway pass. 

          graphikzking
          • 4 Months Ago
          @DMW2315

          @Acidtonic - 

          I wouldn't say the people arguing about racing from a stop is because their car is slower. 

          I'd say it's because they failed to put the proper money into the car for it to handle in various conditions. If they have the proper "shoes" to be correctly sized with the engine then it will be fine. 

          I'd say the car isn't as well "balanced" (ride, handling, brakes, tires, hp etc). If someone takes ANY stock car (almost any) and doubles the HP it will almost always have traction issues. If it doesn't have traction issues, it will most likely have transmission / clutch issues.  

      carnut0913
      • 4 Months Ago

      Which one of these would I put in my driveway?  All I know right now is that 0-60 would be far down on the list.  If I'm putting a drag car in the driveway, neither of these two are on the list.

      psarquis
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'm not surprised that a BMW 3-Series beat a souped-up VW Tiguan.

        Lachmund
        • 4 Months Ago
        @psarquis
        The Macan shares about nothing with the Tiguan.
      skoobey
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'd take the Macan over the BMW any day. From sheer brand desirability, yo interior quality, and being actually livable as a daily driver, love it.

        DMW2315
        • 4 Months Ago
        @skoobey

        Skoobey - You have OBVIOUSLY never been in or driven the M3.  BMW, let alone the M3, is the epitome of brand desirability, interior quality and livable as a daily driver.  Don't get me wrong.  I LOVE Porsche and the only models that were "livable as a daily driver" were only recent models like the Cayenne and Panamera and now the Macan.  Interior quality... have you sat in or driven a previous-gen Boxter/Cayman?  Ouch.  Those interiors were more Volkswagen then Porsche...

      jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly

      hellcat charger should be given to every car pub to test against every car. :)

        Jai
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly

        hellcat sucks. took dodge 2 years to catch up with ford and still loses in terms of power to weight ratio. 

        David
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly

        Just for the sheer fun of it!

        Jai
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly

        I'd love to see if Dodge has the balls to race any hellcat against a '13+ Shelby GT500. The cobra shall eat those kittens for breakfast. 

        That said, this comparison is between two luxury vehicles which might be slower but are still out of any Dodge's league, so please stop posting these pathetic  irrelevant hellcat comments all over autoblog. Thanks

        Tantoon
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly

        Except for a stock GTR R35. 

      Aussie Aspie
      • 4 Months Ago

      YAWN. Another pointless apples and oranges comparison by Evo.

      And typical Evo ... still haven't worked out that brake-horsepower and metric horsepower are not the same thing. The Macan has 394.26 bhp (294 kW), not 400. If he had have just said horsepower it wouldn't have made a difference, but he had to mess it up by specifying "brake-horsepower".

      Ron
      • 4 Months Ago

      I think the results might be a little different if the race wasn't just a straight line drag...

        harig
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Ron

        The M3 will still win by a greater difference in times, right? 

      wooootles
      • 4 Months Ago

      My mom likes the look of the Macan.  I think it'd be a decent road tripper as well.  I mean, personally I'd rather the M3 all day long, but the Macan ain't bad.

      ferps
      • 4 Months Ago

      The Macan Turbo's quarter mile isn't impressive at all. An Audi S4, which is has the same power as the Macan S, not the more expensive Turbo, will do a quarter mile under 13 seconds. So what are you getting in the Macan Turbo that you aren't getting in a much cheaper S4 Avant? Too bad you can't get one in the US.

        skoobey
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ferps

        Much better interior, much better looking vehicle, ride height(as not to scrape your car on speed bumps, and loose wheels in potholes), ride comfort, sound insolation, better standard equipment... Do I need to go on? It's an SUV, comparing this to an S4, you might jus as well compare it to the GT-R....

      Jai
      • 4 Months Ago

      '13 Shelby would still tear the hellcat a new asshole. Straight or corner doesn't matter. 

      dave and mary
      • 4 Months Ago

      In other news, a COPO Camaro beats a turbo VW.

      Ratpack
      • 4 Months Ago

       406 pound-feet of torque...OMFG

      ...NVM

      ... my bonestock antiqua car has 510 pound-feet of torque.

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