What Powers These Two Fun Cars?
The Nissan Silvia S15 generally comes with a 2.0-liter, four-pot engine, but this example is bored out to displace 2.1 liters. It makes 600 ponies and 516 pound-feet of twist. All the oomph is routed to the rear wheels via a manual gearbox. The gearbox is sourced from the Silvia’s sibling, the 370Z.
The BMW M3 Competition, on the other hand, is powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo straight-six mill that puts out 510 horses and 479 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the rear wheel via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The M3 Competition also has a weight disadvantage here. It stands at 3,814 pounds, which makes it 1,168 pounds heavier than the 2,646-pound Nissan Silvia!
The Nissan Silvia Loses The Drag Race But Makes Up In The Rolling Race
The Silvia has the power and the weight advantage, but that is counter-productive in the drag race. It features a large turbo and stuff like cat exhausts. The car also makes a lot of torque, but it will struggle to get off the line. In the first drag race, the BMW left the Nissan dead in its tracks and won by a good margin as per drag race standards. The second race was no different either. The BMW M3 Competition took 11.8 seconds to the quarter-mile whereas the Nissan Silvia took 12.6 seconds.
The Silvia, however, was in its element in the rolling race. They went up thrice at different speeds and gears. The first one was from 30 mph in the second gear, the second one from 50 mph in the third gear, and the final one from 60 mph in the fourth gear. The Silvia S15 left the M3 Competition in the dust in all three races. The German was no match whatsoever at any point.
The final round was the brake test from 70 mph. The M3 Competition won this by a huge margin as the Silvia took ages to come to a halt.
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