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BMW 120d (F20)

Inline 4, 16 valves, DOHC, turbodiesel
184 ps (181 bhp)
380 Nm (280 lb-ft)
1345 kg (2965 lbs)
137 ps / tonne
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Toyota GT86

Flat-4 DOHC
200 ps (197 bhp)
205 Nm (151 lb-ft)
1213 kg (2674 lbs)
165 ps / tonne

Performance

  120d GT86
Top speed 228 kph (142 mph)226 kph (140 mph)
0 - 100 kph 7.2 s6.9 s
0 - 180 kph 25.2 s23.6 s
0 - 100 mph 19.1 s16.5 s
Est. 1/8 mile 10.8 s @ 78.3 mph10.6 s @ 78.9 mph
1/4 mile 15.6 s @ 147.3 mph14.9 s @ 93.2 mph
1000 m 28.4 s @ 188.0 kph27.5 s @ 191.0 kph

Summary

  120d GT86
Track Performance 193200
Straight line speed 607697
Total 800897

Verdict

GT86 is the fastest by a small margin.

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Piorun  5y ago

Funny diesel-oil/petrol battle.
Showing diffrences between those two engines.
Starting price of those 2 cars is similar.

Gt86 is superior when we talking about balance, handling and driving fun. Centre of graity is very low and car is lighter, engine rev out nicely.

But BMW is heavier, but mostly beceause it just bigger and more practical. Its not that balanced, but its not bad either. The real diffrence is torque, at 1700 rpm diesel engine triples Toyota torque.
And with new, little more expensive 125d version, with boosted engine to 218 HP and 450 NM propably quadruple 2.0 boxer tourqe.

Driving with this BMW would be easier, it is much better on high speed road, its much more economical.

At this level im not sure is this GT86 a better car, its for sure better drivers car, but not everyday car.

The things getting radical when we compare it with 125d, which basicly is equal fast or faster, while being more usable in everyday situations. Ofcourse there is no so much fun, but... in echcange we get much more stuff.

So... pretty weird conclusion that diesel in low range price car isnt as bad as some thought me included.

I propably would take 125d, but then, there is not too much of diesel power progression in those premium cars, so we can get 335d, which is much more expensive but not that much faster...