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Can the FWD BMW 128ti catch up with the AWD Toyota GR Yaris?

NS Toyota GR Yaris Is rapidly established as one of the best hot hatches on the market and, in perfect condition, can reach 100km / h in less than 5 seconds. Certainly the front-wheel drive BMW 128ti can’t catch up straight, right?

To answer that question, has collected duos for a series of drag races, and the results are much closer than you would expect.

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On paper, Toyota is better than BMW because the 1.6-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder is suitable for 268hp and 265lb-ft (360 Nm) torque. It is also all-wheel drive and has a 6-speed manual transmission. By comparison, the BMW 128ti is European and 261hp and 295lb-ft (400 Nm), but is definitely sold only with front-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

In the first race, the GR Yaris driver got a better launch, albeit a little off the line. Nevertheless, Toyota quickly established a considerable lead. But as the speed started to increase, BMW I started scratching my way home and actually crossed the finish line about a foot away from Toyota.

The second race isn’t close enough to get a better launch after the Toyota driver held the revs at 5,500 rpm before sidestepping the clutch. NS 128ti I was able to regain Toyota’s lead in the second half of the race, but I didn’t have a chance to catch up. Can the FWD BMW 128ti catch up with the AWD Toyota GR Yaris?

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