Chris Harris of EVO pits two lightweight motorsports-geared BMW coupes against one another – the M3 GTS and 3.0 CSL
For those not familiar with the 3.0 CSL, it was created in 1972 when BMW needed a machine to make it competitive with Ford in the European Touring Car Championship. As the article points out, “L” stands for for leichtbau, or lightweight. The 3.0 CSL kicked off a line of impressive hardcore road legal BMWs geared for the track. The latest in the lineage is the E92 … CONTINUED
Car and Driver pits the BMW E93 M3 coupe against what it calls the M3′s ultimate foe, the Mercedes C63 AMG coupe. Comparing the M3 to the pasty software engineer, Ken Jennings, who kept winning on Jeopardy, and whose success annoys some people by administering beat-downs on some of the world’s best cars, C/D drove from their editorial HQ in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) to find out if the C63 AMG coupe is the M3’s real-estate agent from Ventura.
See the results … CONTINUED
Who’s the boss asks EVO Mag in their latest shootout among German and American muscle coupes – the BMW M3, C63 AMG, RS5, and Boss 302 Mustang. We hate to say it, but the results are hardly a surprise anymore Read on…
Some say the BMW M3 is beginning to show its age, especially considering the all-new F30 3-series has already been spotted in testing. As far as performance is concerned however, the E92 M3 coupe continues to impress and dispose of even recently introduced competition, such as the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe. Many pegged the C63 AMG coupe to give the M3 a run for its money, if not overtake it. Remarkably however, both AMS and Autobild recently ran comparisons between the two super coupes and came … CONTINUED
Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson pit the E92 M3 GTS against the Porsche GT3 RS on the track. On paper, the GT3 RS should trump, but will the real world driving experience bear the same results? Video inside.
Motortrend takes on a direct comparison of the BMW 1M coupe and 2011 BMW M3 on the backroads. What’s their conclusion? Here are some of their more notable reactions.
The C63 AMG Coupe debuted recently to much buzz because it represents Mercedes’ best direct competitor to the BMW M3 coupe yet. Autobild has printed their first drive impressions comparing the two German sports coupes, and have also thrown in the RS5 coupe to include all 3 similar offerings from Germany’s top 3 luxury makes. Expect a more specific and technical comparison of the 3 cars soon. Here’s our translation.
The Smoking Tire undertakes a review of the E92 M3 Competition (ZCP) model and echoes what we’ve all heard before – that the M3 remains the benchmark for cars in its segment. Along with the beautiful scenery in this video review, Farah makes some great points which echoes why we and our M3 members all love the M3.
BMW M3 Frozen Edition. This car is just beyond cool. Just to remind everyone here, this is the South Africa only vehicle, of which 25 examples were produced (25th anniversary anyone?). The folks over at Car Magazine (South Africa), got their hands on a Frozen Black one, modified with a locally-installed AC Schnitzer exhaust system, modified air box and revised engine management to take the M3 up to 330 kW and 420 N.m.
Just to recap, the M3 Frozen Edition sport black or gray matte paint, … CONTINUED
Fifth Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson undergoes what we’d imagine a religious experience would look like when she drives the M3 GTS, calling it one of the best cars she’s ever driven (and she’s tested A LOT). Her enthusiastic reaction to the car is infectious and you can’t help but share in her excitement. Video inside.
This is a must action video of the monstrous 700+hp Manhart V8RS 4.4L M3 with the engine transplant from X6M! It’s in German, but when you have sights and sounds like this, words are barely necessary. Just look at the driver’s reaction and you can imagine the fury of this car.
You’ve all seen the Top Gear M3 vs C63 vs RS4 episode, now read about ex-Stig Ben Collins’ personal review of each car from the episode. This is a great read [see inside]!
Our community’s first review of the M3 M Performance exhaust has been posted by lucky owner aajami. Sure, it’s pricey, but it’s OEM quality and fit, as well as maintaining the factory warrantty. Check out the review, photos, and video inside.
Here’s a great M3 video review by the guys at Flatoutproject, featuring three M3s being run and reviewed in the Alps, along with some scenic stops along the way.
Here’s the comparison we’ve all been waiting for – Top Gear’s comparison between the E92 M3 with Competition Package and the Audi RS5. We won’t spoil the result for you, but the comparison starts 4:40 into this video.
Forced induction is everywhere it seems. From BMWs standpoint, those turbos go a long way to reducing fuel consumption while keeping the power right where we want it, so its a no brainer for them. But as we all know, the aftermarket gives a damn about efficiency and the use of turbos is meant for one thing only. POWER.
Manhart’s BITURBO monster setup is the same as we’ve seen published previously here and here and here and here. The difference here is that its now been driven … CONTINUED
Motor Trend has now had their 2009 BMW M3 long term test car for a year now and after logging over 20,000 miles, it’s time to say goodbye. What is MT’s final verdict? How’s this for some praise: “The World’s Greatest All-Around Car? Unquestionably.”
Top Gear online reviews the BMW M3 GTS in the Austrian Alps on the infamous Grossglockner Pass. They come away calling the engine, gearbox, and chassis combination a religious experience. Final verdict: Ridiculous. Pointless. Perfect.