Head 2 Head – BMW M3 vs. Mercedes C63 AMG









2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe

A challenger appears, in the form of a soon to be released Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Coupe. With the C63 coupe Mercedes has taken direct aim at BMW and its M3 in hopes of ending the reign that BMW has enjoyed over the luxury sport car category. Does the new AMG have what it takes to knock BMW off its perch? Full analysis after the jump.

The C63 AMG

Through the years Mercedes has made they’re name synonymous with luxury. The new C63 coupe follow suit very well, however the C63 AMG coupe was meant to push you back in your chair when you hit the accelerator and put a huge smile on your face from raw power.

AMG’s new coupe will feature the same 6.2 liter V8 that gives life to the sedan version, producing 451-hp and a neck snapping 443 lb-ft of torque. The power is transmitted to the wheels via a 7-speed Speedshift MCT transmission and will propel the car to 60 mph in a scant 4.4 seconds.

For those who really want to push the envelope there is the option to upgrade to the AMG performance package and put 481-hp under the command of your right foot. The increase in power helps shave a tenth of a second off the sprint to 60 mph while top speed increases from 155 to 174 mph.

The M3

For decades the M3 has been the quintessential combination of luxury and performance, with emphasis on performance. Starting with the e30 m3 which has been responsible for bringing home countless victories on the racing circuit for the manufacture and amateurs alike, and still to this day has a cult-like following. All the way to the most recent e92 edition which has carried the torch well in continuing the M3′s race winning legacy. One need not look any further than the most recent ALMS event, in which BMW finished first and second in class, as a testament to what the M3 chassis is capable of even when pitted against the world’s best.

History lesson aside, let’s focus on the present and the 4.0 liter 414-hp V8 that the newest M3 coupe packs under the hood. Their lightweight V8 when equipped with an M-DCT transmission can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Analysis

Of course when it comes to gauging true performance the argument is much deeper than simply analyzing a spec sheet. What a spec sheet can’t tell you is how well a car handles, so in order to get a rough idea on how the two stack up in that department let’s take a look back at their similar four-door war.

 

Notes:

Laguna lap times

Lap times (46)
Pos Make / Model Time Speed (km/h) Year Power (hp) / Weight (kg) Driven by
1. Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR 1:33.92 138 ’08 600 / 1536 Chris Winkler
2. Devon GTX 1:35.08 136 0 659 / 0 DMW
3. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 1:35.80 135 ’08 647 / 1530 Motortrend
4. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon 1:37.40 133 ’11 512 / 1394 motortrend
5. Porsche 997 Turbo facelift 1:37.80 133 ’09 500 / 1570 C&D
6. Ford Mustang Boss 302 LS 1:39.50 130 ’12 446 / 1573 Road&Track 7. Porsche 997 GT3 1:39.52 130 ’06 415 / 1395 Motortrend
8. Porsche 997 Turbo 1:39.89 130 ’06 480 / 1585 Timed by Edmunds.com
9. Porsche 997 Turbo S 1:40.11 130 ’10 530 / 1585 road&track
10. Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI 1:40.20 129 ’09 525 / 1620 road&track
11. Ford Mustang Boss 302 1:40.21 129 ’11 450 / 1650 Motor Trend
12. Nissan GT-R 1:40.45 129 ’08 479 / 1740 Motor Trend
13. Mercedes SLS AMG 1:40.74 129 ’10 571 / 1620 Bern Schneider
14. Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro 1:40.75 129 ’06 420 / 1560 Motor Trend
15. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 1:40.90 129 ’05 513 / 1437 Motor Trend
16. BMW M3 (E92) 1:42.96 126 ’07 420 / 1619 Motor Trend

17. Porsche Cayman S(facelift) PDK 1:43.00 126 ’08 320 / 1375 Motor Trend
18. Porsche Cayman S 1:43.00 126 ’05 295 / 1406 Randy Pobst
19. Aston Martin V12 Vantage 1:43.04 126 ’09 517 / 1680 road&track
20. Cadillac CTS-V 1:43.90 125 ’09 564 / 1955 Motortrend

 

Nurburgring lap times

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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