Road & Track’s November issue will contain a feature comparing the factory street version of 5 top performance cars against their GT versions from the ALMS racing series. One of the feature teases released so far is BMW Rahal Letterman Racing driver Tommy Milner, who relates the factory M3 to the experience in the M3 GT2 race car.
Looking forward to seeing the full feature. Here’s a taste for now.
The N54 vs. N55 motor comparisons continue, with Automobile Magazine dyno testing the two motors back to back. So what’s the verdict? Well, it’s not quite as simple as declaring a winner. Each motor is better in its own respect and are overall very equally matched. See inside for details.
Ever wonder how the BMW’s Navigation System compares to other systems? Cars.com undertook a comparison of the BMW Navigation against the Nissan G37 and Acura TSX. Which NAV took top honors? Check out the results inside.
The BMW X1 and the Mini Countryman are similar in several physical dimensions, as well as its intended owner demographic. Here is a size and photo comparison between the two BMW made SAVs. The X1 is longer and has a longer wheelbase while also having a larger cargo capacity.
This Mototrend matchup shows just how far the Mustang GT has come and how impressive the 2011 5.0 model is. This comparison would have been a joke just a few years ago, and you may be be surprised by the results. M3 still wins, but not by as much as BMW fans would naturally guess (or like).
CAR Magazine undertakes an examination of which BMW M3, all editions considered, is the greatest ever. The shortlist considered includes the E92 M3 GTS, E46 M3 CSL, or E30 M3 Sport Evo, each representing the highest performing and most focused editions of their generation. See verdict inside.
Here are the best F10 vs. E60 5-series comparison photos we’ve seen yet. Despite being visually larger, based on actual dimensions, the F10 is actually very slightly larger, being only 2 inches longer, .5 inches wider, .2 inches lower in height, with a wheelbase that’s 3.2 inches longer.
This is certainly becoming a predictable pattern and result. AMS Magazine stacks the deck against the M3 ZCP by pitting it against the RS5, C63 Performance Package, and the ALpina B3 S. The M3 ZCP is touted for its performance as well as its driving comfort. Full performance results inside.
One of the hottest comparisons between two of the hottest sports coupes available is on again, as Autoweek pits the E92 M3 versus the Audi RS5. Result? Let’s just say the boys at Autoweek call the M3′s spirit “unbeatable” English subtitled video review inside.
Autobild has pitted the M3 GTS against the 911 GT3-RS, arguably one of the best handling street cars currently available. According to the test’s scoring system, the M3 GTS took second, but by a mere 5 points (out of 300 total). The GT3-RS was stronger in off the line acceleration, but the M3 proved faster for in-gear acceleration. Full results inside.
Insideline undertakes this fascinating direct head-to-head comparison of the iconic 1986 E30 M3 against a 2010 E92 M3. What has gone forwards (or perhaps backwards) for the M3 in the 25 years spanning these two cars? See for yourself inside.
If anyone thinks that the recent C&D M3 win was a fluke, they now have quite a pattern to dispute, as Motortrend has also declared the M3 as the benchmark which the RS5 and CTS-V still falls short of. When it comes to things that matter – performance, passion, pure driver appeal, the M3 still trumps all in its segment!
The M3 has been out for 3 years, providing a benchmark for Audi and GM to meet and exceed with their newer RS5 and CTS-V Coupe. But, so far that has not been the case, as shown by the results of Car and Driver’s latest comparison, pitting the M3 against the RS5 and CTS-V. Check out the number results inside.
A lucky CAR Magazine journalist recently had chance to drive all the M3 generations back-to-back (provided to journalists who attended BMW’s M3 GTS / 1M event in Spain. Think you know how they compare from reading online or some real life experience? See if this journalist agrees.
The V8 biturbo 550i (F10) notched a 1st place win against the E500, Audi S6, and Jaguar XF in Autobild’s latest issue. The impressive 400+hp 550i rocketed from 0-100km/h in 5.0 seconds and 0-200km/h in 16.7 seconds (close to the M3).
Many feel that the spirit of the E46 M3 lives on in the 135i, so the two cars are often compared. 1addicts member PKumarM3, longtime owner of a track prepped E46 M3, recently shared why he feels the 135i not only matches but exceeds a stock E46 M3.
It wouldve been more interesting with staggered starts like in these vids ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGxjTfAghcU and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0up-u7WhVd8 )
C&D stacks the BMW 328i convertible up against its 4-seat convertible rivals – the Audi A5, Infiniti G37, and the Lexus IS350C. Despite having the least power of the bunch, the 328i still manages to come out on top, a testament to the car’s BMW driving dynamic and overall feel.