Starting alphabetically, the Audi in this head-to-head tossup features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It puts out 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, decent if uninspiring numbers. Still, these figures are stout enough to propel this tiny pumpkin seed to 60 miles an hour in as little as 5.3 seconds. Traction-enhancing quattro all-wheel drive is standard.
The BMW Z4’s base engine also displaces 2.0-liters but it’s a bit more muscular than the one under its rival’s hood. This unit puts out 240 horses and 255 lb-ft of twist. An six-speed manual gearbox is available but an eight-ratio automatic is also on the menu. According the BMW, a base Z4 can hit mile-a-minute velocity in just 5.4 seconds when equipped with the self-shifting gearbox.
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