Torque moves the car, power keeps it going.
Diesels can't live with high rev cars like M3s and Type Rs. Diesels only have a narrow window of oppurtunity in the 30-70 midrange grunt area, and then the Ms and Type Rs are heading for the horizon. It's why all these Essex white 2.0 Audi diesel shirt button reps think they are Jensen Buttons (see what I did there? lol) with their tiny little torque bands...."Yeah I kept up with an M3 this morning". Sure you did. In the queue of traffic, yep. When the traffic cleared, did you still keep with the M3? Of course you didn't.
Best diesels I've been in were a 535d and an A7 3.0 TDI sportback but they're still no match for an M3.
I've not had any problems beating diesels off with a stick in my R32. Just have to keep the revs up