BMW E46 M3 vs MX-5 drag race doesn’t make sense but looks a lot of fun

uk.info@motor1.com (Jacob Oliva)
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BMW E46 M3 vs Mazda Miata Drag Race Lead
BMW E46 M3 vs Mazda Miata Drag Race Lead

These cars are decades apart, mind you.

Here in Motor1.com, we love drag races. Our incessant coverage of these straight-line tests of acceleration has us discovering some odd matchups floating around the interwebs. We've recently seen a mid-engine Corvette C8 face Rolls-Royce Wraith, while not so long ago we've witnessed a Suzuki Jimny try its luck against a massive Hummer H1.

I think we've just found a new matchup to add to that oddball list. Throttle House decided to pit their hosts' cars into a straight-line duel – a BMW E46 M3 versus a Mazda MX-5 ND.

The hosts pretty much know that the race doesn't make sense at all. One's a two-seater roadster, while the other is a more massive vehicle armed with a bigger, more powerful engine. Probably the only thing similar between the two is that they're both convertibles.

However, it's pretty obvious that these guys are in on this duel just for fun. It's their personal cars anyway, and we can imagine the banters that lead to this blue matchup.

To put things in perspective, this E46-generation BMW M3 was launched in 2000 and is powered by an inline-six that makes over 300 bhp.

A little normal yet still strange drag race matchups:

The Mazda MX-5, on the other hand, isn't really known for speed. With a four-banger under its bonnet, this MX-5 ND can only make 180 horses in stock form. However, it weighs substantially lighter than the German convertible, so there's the rub.

You probably know the result of this race, but the final race was actually the kicker. Nothing like old school fun with your own cars. Watch the video on top for you to know what I'm talking about.


Source: Throttle House