Can the BMW M235i Beat the New Seat Leon Cupra in a Drag Race? Well, Duh…

We usually try to hide the winner of performance videos in our titles and subsequent writings, but EVO magazine’s latest online episode leaves us no choice due to the huge power gap between the two competitors, with the only excuse given being the similar power-to-weight ratios.

The BMW M235i that is offered in North America has a 320hp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual and a power-to-weight ratio of 222bhp per tonne.

You can’t get the Seat Leon Cupra in the States, but Europeans who do get it, are treated to a 262hp (265PS) 2.0-liter turbo’d inline-four connected to a DSG dual-clutch transmission turning the front set of wheels, with the publication stating that it has a power-to-weight ratio of 212bhp per tonne.

Not that the result at the crossing line would have been any different, but perhaps it would have made more sense to use the more potent Seat Leon Cupra 280 with 276hp (280PS).

And, now, ladies and gents, (please read this in your best NPR voice) we’ll let the soothing sounds of the voice of EVO’s narrator gently put you to sleep as the BMW destroys its Seat rival on the track.

By John Halas


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