Head to Head: 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera and 2009 BMW M3

BMW M3 | December 27th, 2008 by 6
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The fellows at Car and Driver put together a fun but interesting comparison between the beautiful 2009 BMW M3 and the gorgeous 09 Porsche 911 …

Head to Head: 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera and 2009 BMW M3

The fellows at Car and Driver put together a fun but interesting comparison between the beautiful 2009 BMW M3 and the gorgeous 09 Porsche 911 Carrera. Here is an excerpt from the article:

 

“We put our bony butts in two examples of the future of push-button, high-performance driving. Summoning the Force to safely pick a champion, we headed for the coiled back roads of California and the corkscrewing ribbon of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The new BMW M3 is well-known to us and to you, now that you’re digesting our fourth—fourth! When will your letters pleading for more ever end?—comparison test of the M3 in 15 months. Like a solid Hollywood franchise, BMW’s ranking joy toy and its 414-hp V-8 fusillade have us churning out endless popcorn sequels. The M3’s lineup includes a sedan and a convertible, plus a coupe. Our coupe, base price $59,625, has silver-blue paint over rust-colored leather, with $13,895 in options. Almost all the boxes were checked, including the Premium, Technology, and Cold-Weather packs, plus the new $2900 “M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic,” a $10 way of saying paddle-shifted seven-speed with programmable shift maps.

 

To make the 911 and M3 prices better match up, we begged Porsche for a stripper Carrera (the Carrera S has 40 more horses and starts $10,600 higher). Porsche complied—perhaps for the last time—lending us one with a $750 XM radio and $140 floor mats and painted, fittingly, in New York–taxi yellow. You talkin’ to me? ”

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  • Artmic

    Hmm i’d rather take the Cayman S with a dual clutch transmission than both those cars :)

  • Doug

    *sigh* — Apparently it’s the porsche that has the qualities I want :(

    @Artmic:
    Actually, I agree with you.

  • Artmic

    @Doug,
    indeed the Cayman just looks more sexy and sleek to me, and with the bump in HP, and that dual clutch transmission, it would be enough for me :)

  • Steve

    Replace the base 911 here with the more suitable S (closer HP match, PASM) and the outcome is different. Here, C&D shamelessly tests a loaded E92 M3 against a base model stripper.

  • The Lee

    @Steve:
    It’s a base model stripper 911, not a Cobalt.

  • Josh B

    Love both cars. I would go for the porche. But the M3 is much cheaper and is a classic model.

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