Audi has just pulled the wraps off its facelifted A4 and S4 models (B8). This calls for another photo comparison thread comparing the 2012 3 series sedan against the 2012 A4/S4. Both the F30 and the facelifted A/S4 will hit showroom floors next spring.
What’s seen below is a comparison of the F30 M Sport against the Audi S4 facelift, followed by a Sports Line F30 versus the standard A4 facelift. Color us biased, but visually, neither the A4 nor the S4 have anything on the … CONTINUED
Here’s a preview of an upcoming Top Gear magazine feature where James May with the help of The Stig thrashes the F10 M5 thoroughly, while comparing it to its top competition – the E63 AMG sedan. Check out some preview words and some Stig driving footage inside.
Autocar is the first to come in with a direct head to head comparison of the F10 M5 against its competitors, in this case the E63 AMG and the Jaguar XF-R. They make their pick, although for very specific reasons which may not matter to those looking to make a decision for a daily driver. See the review inside.
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…
Despite the myriad of F30 3 series sedan test mule spy photos we’ve posted thus far, there has yet to be a direct F30 versus E90 3 series spotting, until now. Although it’s only one view for now, it gives us the best idea yet of how the new 2012 3 series F30 sedan will compare to the outgoing E90 3 series with respect to size, proportions, rear styling, and stance. Thanks to F30post member CSL-Fanatik.
Based on shape, the F30 appears more evolutionary than revolutionary a … CONTINUED
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
The current generation Lexus GS 350 has been long in the tooth for quite a while now, but Lexus has just debuted the all new 2013 GS350, a car that’s aimed squarely at the likes of the BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-Class, and Audi A6. What does the new GS 350 bring to the table this time around?
It features an all new chassis with more spacious interior, and is powered by a 3.5L V6 306hp/277lb-ft torque motor. Transmission is RWD and takes the form of a six … CONTINUED
Automakers have thrown their considerable weights behind green technology. This comes as no surprise given the seemingly ever climbing gas prices and stringent future CAFE standards. Electric driven vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids are gaining popularity amid these concerns. But does green technology spell the end of performance sports cars? Not if manufacturers such as BMW, Porsche, and even an upstart such Fisker Automotive have a say.
The two German powerhouses and American newcomer are each set to produce their own eco-friendly yet exotic, sleek, low slung … CONTINUED
1addicts member and race car driver Advevo setup a showdown with a track prepped E46 M3 CSL this past weekend on the Nurburgring to show just what the 1M was made of when running live against the iconic M3 CSL. The results are impressive to say the least!
Video of the BMW 1M coupe making runs against the E92 M3, E36 M3 and the Z4 M coupe. See video inside for results.
If you want to fast forward, the comparisons are at the following times:
1M vs Manual E92 M3 – 1:06 mins
1M vs E36 M3 – 1:55 mins
1M vs Z4 M Coupe – 3:52 mins
File this under “What if?” What if you had 130,000 EUR to spend on and were looking for a car? Two cars to consider would be the M3 GTS and the just-unveiled C63 AMG Black Series Coupe. 4.4l vs 6.2l V8, 450hp vs 517hp, 1605kg vs (est) 1710kg. Unlike the M3 GTS, the C63 AMG Black Series Coupe will be available in the US starting Spring 2012.
We’ve included a photo comparison, a spec comparison and two videos showing both cars’ engine sounds below. So … CONTINUED
Cool video from Fastlanedaily’s Leo Parente, who traveled to the ALMS race at Lime Rock (which the BMW team won) to speak with the ALMS team, engineers, and driver about how the production M3 compares to the M3 GT race car.
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.
Insideline assembled a great little gathering of several cars from BMW’s small M-car lineage for some reflection as to how we have arrived at the 1M coupe and how the spirit of each car compares. Great read.
What most folks have not realized so far are the extensive modifications BMW has made to the F10 M5 engine. We point those out for you below, referencing BMW’s released info. Compared to the S85 engine of the E60 M5, BMW claims that “VALVETRONIC has also sharpened the responsiveness of this engine [S63Tü].
Here are the highlights of the new M5′s S63Tu engine and how it’s different from the S63 engine used for the X5 M and X6 M.
Two more innovations of the S63Tü:
- Innovative solenoid … CONTINUED
It’s always a fun exercise to compare a just announced BMW model against its predecessor. It puts into perspective how much technology, engineering, and design has progressed in the 6-7 years since the last model. Here, we compare the F10 M5 (full official info) against the E60 M5 in the styling and performance departments.
German publication AMS decided to pit two popular diesel SUVs against each other — the BMW X3 xDrive 30d against Audi Q5 3.0 TDI Quattro or 258hp/413 lb-ft inline-6 vs 240hp/369lb-ft V6.
The outcome is that both cars are similar in many ways, but the BMW X3 manages to get the edge and wins this comparison. Details inside.
Top Gear comes in with its in-depth comparison review of the BMW 1M coupe versus the Audi RS3, perhaps its most direct rival and competitor.