TFLcar weighs the pros and cons of a traditional naturally aspirated V8 versus a new turbocharged I6. Nathan brought a 5.0L Japanese V8. Roman chose the latest iteration of the 3.0L German turbocharged straight six. The eight cylinder is powering the 2014 Lexus IS F, and the straight six is in the all-new 2014 BMW M235i. The M235i replaces the 1-series in the United States and comes only in a two-door variety. The 2014 IS F is the swan song for this generation of the iconic performance sedan.
The V8 makes 416 hp and 371 lb-ft and the I6 is 320 hp and 330 lb-ft. The IS F is about 250 pounds heavier, so which car will be quicker at a mile above sea level? Remember, oxygen is harder to come by at higher elevation.
Watch this first drag race battle of these engines, and come back for a complete 0-60 MPH video Mashup later in the week. (Thanks to: IMI Motorsports Complex http://www.imimotorsports.com)
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or simply ‘going for a drive’.