BMW M440d Races VW Golf R To Prove Diesel Is Not Dead Yet

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The automotive industry is slowly moving towards a power source that is an alternative to the good old combustion engine. ICE, however, is not dead and still has at least until the end of the decade to prove it as an integral part of the entire industry. For many of you, a combustion engine most likely means a gasoline engine – and that’s perfectly understandable since it’s the dominant engine type in North America. But in Europe, diesel engines still play a role in the market, especially in countries such as Germany, France and Italy.

There’s no better way to prove the quality of a diesel engine than in this new video Federico Leo on YouTube. The seven-minute clip features two stunning vehicles, which fall into very different segments. Both are fast but the power comes from different settings. Let’s see the numbers.

The diesel competitor comes in the form of the BMW M440d, a luxury sports coupe equipped with a 3.0 liter compression ignition engine. The B57 inline-six twin-turbocharged powertrain under the hood produces 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque with peak torque available between 1,750 and 2,250 rpm. Power reaches all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic torque converter and BMW’s xDrive system.

Against it is a pure hot hatch – the Volkswagen Golf R with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. This four-cylinder mill produced 315 hp (235 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. This model is available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and this particular example has the latter. Just like BMW, power is channeled to both axles.

As you can see, these are two very different machines. BMW is definitely heavier but has more power and torque. Is that enough for Munich to win over its rival from Wolfsburg? The answer is in the video at the top of this page.