VW Arteon goes up against BMW 5 Series F10 in intense drag race [w/video]

Article by Christian A., on November 27, 2017

Drag races usually pit one vehicle against another to see which of them would cross the finish line first. This has become a popular type of motor racing and some even do it to determine which of the two cars is quicker. Somehow, a certain drag race had a new Volkswagen Arteon go up against an older BMW 5-Series (F10), and the action is all recorded on video.

The video – created by Odessa Drag – saw action between a gold-colored automatic VW Arteon R-Line powered by a 2.0-liter engine and a black-finished BMW 5 Series (F10) powered by a 3.0-liter petrol mill. As the race starts, the golden VW Arteon managed to pull away quickly from its opponent. The video is quite noisy – as if there’s a horde of mosquitoes in the area – as it was captured through a flying drone. Based from the video, the drag race appears like it might have occurred in the city of Odessa in Ukraine, Eastern Europe.

At the end, the BMW 5 Series never recovered and the VW Arteon proved to be the better vehicle between the two. However, the information provided by the uploader is so scant that it doesn’t provide a clear picture of the drama of the drag race. If you consider how loaded the model version is, the BMW 5 Series isn’t expected to easily lose against the VW Arteon. In fact, in some power matchups, the BMW 5 Series might have won.

According to the uploader, the BMW 5 Series F10 is a 3.0-liter model. This means that 5 Series on the drag race could be a 523i (204 PS), a 528i (258 PS), a 530i (272 PS) or a 535i (306 PS). The 2.0-liter VW Arteon, meanwhile, could be the flagship with 280 PS, or lower powered version with 190 PS. It is highly likely that Odessa Drag would pit similarly powered vehicles, so the vehicles on the drag could be a black BMW 530i and a gold-colored 280-PS VW Arteon R-Line. However, the 280-PS Arteon holds the advantage in both power output and weight, so the result of the drag race was what the video showed.

Nonetheless, the BMW 5 Series on the drag race could also be a BMW 528i, although the result of its matchup with the 280-PS Arteon would be the same. The BMW 5 Series being a 535i or the 523i is less likely. This is because the 535i could win over the 280-PS Arteon, and if it had lost, the gap between the two would be close. In addition, if the 523i was in the race, the lead of the 280-PS Arteon would have been bigger.

Moreover, the race could have been between a BMW 523i and a 190-PS VW Arteon. Although the 523i holds the advantage in power, it being the heavier of the two vehicles means its acceleration from standstill wouldn’t be better than the 190-PS Arteon.

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