If he got the jump on you, even by a few moments, it definitely would've helped him keep up, though the car is no slouch either way. I imagine paddle shifting could help a bit too, provided he is getting into the right gear a smidge sooner than you.
The Schlepper: 2011 Range Rover Sport Supercharged
2012 650i xDrive - Loved it! 2010 535i xDrive - Very competent. Too sensible? 2008 Audi S6 - Still miss the V10.
2003 Maserati Coupe - The end of an era. 2002 Maserati Coupe - Gone and mostly forgotten. 2002 MB CLK 430 - Gone but not forgotten.