The latest performance-oriented executive sedan, Vitus GT compared to the 2014 BMW 5 Series 520d in a drag race; Poles apart in terms of segment, let’s see how both these sedans fare against each other in this exclusive drag race.
In recent times, drag races to compare and check the limits of vehicles have become a common norm in India. Every Now and then you will come across videos on various social media platforms, where people are doing high-speed runs on public roads to test their vehicles. Such activities carry a lot of risks unless and until conducted in a controlled environment with all the necessary precautions. We do not endorse these activities and advice all our readers not to indulge in such acts.
The drag race in the YouTube video by ‘IT’S ME AHLAWAT’ seems to be conducted on an unused and vacant stretch of road and drivers are wearing proper seat belts. The Volkswagen Virtus GT competes against the likes of BMW 520d luxury sedan in this drag race.
Volkswagen Virtus GT VS BMW 5 Series 520d Drag Race: Vehicle Details and Result
In the drag race, the first vehicle in the drag race is a brand new Volkswagen Virtus GT. It competes against a 2014 model BMW 5 Series 520d. The luxury sedan in the video is an F10 6th Generation model. Talking about power figures, the Virtus uses a 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine churning out 148 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox with paddle shifters. On the other hand, powering the F10 5 Series is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine belting out 184 bhp and 380 Nm of peak torque. The setup is mated to an 8-speed ZF gearbox. The Virtus GT uses a front-wheel drive system while the 5 Series comes with a rear-wheel drive configuration.
Now coming to the drag race, several rounds were conducted and all the were obviously won by the BMW 5 Series. Although the margin was quite less, BMW managed to smoke the Virtus even in its most lethargic Eco Pro mode. The minimalistic margin between both the vehicles was also due to the fact that the BMW owner was instructed not to launch the sedan aggressively. In the 2nd round, the Virtus was in sports mode and the traction control was turned off while the BMW was in comfort mode. In this round, BMW was able to gap the Virtus by a good margin.
Towards the end of the video, the presenter also conducted a 0-100 kmph run on the 5 series and it touched the mark in slightly more than 8 seconds. The company claimed timing is 7.9 seconds.
Volkswagen Virtus GT VS BMW 5 Series 520d Drag Race: Verdict
The Virtus GT and 5 Series belong to entirely different segments and are poles apart in terms of pricing. Along with this, the Virtus in the video is a brand-new vehicle while the BMW is nearly 8 years old. As the result of a drag race depends on a number of factors including the vehicle’s condition, the Bimmer’s performance has definitely degraded over the years of use. Although the difference in power figures is quite considerable, it is also necessary to note that the 5 Series is comparatively heavier in terms of kerb weight. Despite the degraded performance, heavier weight, use of Eco Pro and comfort mode as well as restricted launches, the BMW was able to defeat the Virtus in all the attempts. The raw power along with a slick-shifting transmission worked well in the favour of BMW and it was quite obvious that the Virtus had no chance of victory. Although we have to give it to the Virtus for performing quite well and giving a respectable fight to the 5 Series taking into account all its shortcomings including the less power, lower price and different segmentation.