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Manhart BMW i8 vs McLaren 12C, BMW 1M Coupe, & GT-R

How will a stock BMW i8 — given only minor cosmetic changes by Manhart — do in a race against a McLaren 12C, a BMW 1M Coupe, and a GT-R?

Or, perhaps more importantly, are you tired of seeing these videos putting electric cars (and yes, the category of “electric cars” includes plug-in hybrids/PHEVs)?

Neither am I. 🙂 Despite the fact that the image of electric vehicles (EVs), or “green” cars, as being slow or ugly has largely been done away with (to be fair, some of them still are quite needlessly altered in appearance as compared to normal cars), these sorts of videos are still quite fun in my opinion.

On that note, here you go:

Here’s some commentary from AutoEvolution:

As you can see, the stock car is able to hang with some interesting names in the business. The BMW 1M Coupe didn’t stand a chance and it was mostly due to the lack of traction, but it wasn’t the same case with the Cayman S that came after it, since the Porsche gave the i8 a good run for its money.

Then came the turn of the McLaren 12C, a proper supercar that, not long ago, was the spearhead of the Woking-based company’s offering. The model was available in two versions and both of them used the 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine so loved these days, initially making 600 HP. Later on, the cars received a small bump in power, being taken up to 625 HP. Depending on the power output (McLaren did offer complimentary [sic] upgrades to early buyers of the 12C, ed), the car could sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.3 or 3.1 seconds. That seems to be enough to put the i8 in danger, right? If not, the GT-R that shows up last in the video below should do the trick, right? After all, this is Godzilla we’re talking about, the one supercar that put all others to shame with its super-fast and complicated launch control sequence that allows you to reach triple digit speeds in 2.8 seconds.

I’m looking forward to the time when I get to see the Tesla Model X P90D SUV smoking some of these supposed “supercars.” That’ll be an interesting sight, won’t it? An SUV blowing past sleek, fancy-looking imports….

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.


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