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Can the BMW X4 M40i beat the Porsche Macan Turbo in a straight line? With that question in mind, YouTube channel Cars with Pilot Tseno brought the two sporty SUVs at the drag strip for two quarter-mile races from a standing start.

The Macan Turbo holds the upper hand in terms of power, with its twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 petrol engine producing 440 PS (434 HP / 324 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque. It needs 4.4 seconds to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph), and maxes out at 272 km/h (169 mph).

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As for the X4 M40i, it has ‘only’ 360 PS (355 HP / 265 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, which allows it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds. However, this particular example rocks a €500 ($611) Stage 1 software upgrade, which lifts the output of the turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six to 410 PS (404 HP / 302 kW) and thus brings it closer to the Porsche.

Both the X4 and the Macan, which are from the 2018 model year, had winter tires on and ran on half a tank of fuel. So, do you think the Bimmer was the first to cross the finish line, despite the obvious deficit in power? Before finding out the answer to that question, we have to highlight the fact that the winner was set loose against the Porsche 911 GT3 RS in a quarter-mile sprint – but we probably know how that ended, right?

 


Regardless of how you feel about the incoming onslaught of all-electric hypercars, it’s hard not to acknowledge the fact that the Evija is exactly the type of halo car Lotus needs.

Flushed with cash after being acquired by Geely back in June 2017, Lotus now has the money it needs to launch a fleet of new models and the Evija is the flagship that marks a new era for the British marque. James May recently had the opportunity to check it out in person.

This particular Evija is a show car, meaning The Grand Tour host wasn’t able to put it to the test. Nevertheless, he does discuss many of its key specifications while also taking a peek inside the cabin.

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The key highlight of the Evija are its four electric motors that combine to produce 1,972 hp and 1,254 lb-ft (1,700 Nm) of torque, giving it a slight power advantage over the Rimac C_Two and Pininfarina Battista. One interesting aspect of the powertrain is the fact that the battery pack isn’t located in the floor like in many other electric vehicles but behind the passenger cell, where you’d ordinarily find the engine of an ICE-powered hypercar.

Five different drive modes will be available. In Range, power will be capped at 986 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm), while City will decrease the amount of regenerative braking and Tour will increase grunt to 1,380 hp and enable the torque vectoring system. Sport mode will kick things up a notch with 1,676 hp and 1,253 lb-ft (1,700 Nm), while Track will unleash the full 1,972 hp.

 

This ain’t nothing new but, just in case you didn’t know, when journalists conduct a review, it’s because an automaker lent them a vehicle for a week or so; for comparisons, we have to contact two or more automakers, depending on the number of cars.

However, in the case of Canadian journalists looking to compare the Taycan to its natural competitor, they will have only one press office to check with because Porsche Canada are so confident that their EV will come out on top that they’re lending a Tesla Model S out, too.

The program, says Porsche Canada’s public relations manager Patrick Saint-Pierre, is just a short one and it came about because Tesla doesn’t lend vehicles in Canada. In fact, in October, Tesla became the first automaker to completely shut down its whole media relations team. In order to get one, then, you have to know someone willing to lend it to you.

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Thus, Porsche took it upon itself to make the comparison happen.

“A lot of journalists in Canada haven’t been able to find one,” Saint-Pierre told us over the phone. “I wanted to see if any dealer had any cars in stock.”

As it turned out, one of Porsche’s Canadian dealers had one, a Model S P100, so they lent it to the media department. This isn’t the first time Porsche has lent out Teslas.

At the start of 2020, when the first Taycan test drives were taking place, the brand’s U.S. wing had a Tesla on-hand as a sort of comparison point. It speaks volumes about Porsche’s faith in the Taycan, though, that they’ve decided to do it again, albeit in a different press office.

“I mean we definitely were and are confident,” Saint-Pierre stated. “It’s one thing to be confident and it’s another to test it. It was a bit of an unusual way of doing things, but I just thought, let’s do it. I didn’t have to do too much arm twisting. Everyone was like, ‘Alright let’s do it!'”

To the Tesla’s credit, it has come off well against the Taycan despite Porsche getting both cars out. As Autotrader.ca puts it, “the Taycan might be the future king, but the Model S isn’t ready to give up the throne just yet.”

To be compared to one of the most well regarded EVs on the market, though, is no small accomplishment. And it’s one that wouldn’t have come about without Porsche’s participation.