The first comparison driving test involving the new BMW M3 GTS has been published by German magazine AutoBild. The opponent? Porsche’s own star, the 911 GT3 RS.
Before the showdown, AutoBild spent some time with the two cars, examining their strengths and weaknesses. The GTS impressed the editor Joerg Maltzan, not only because of his aggressive Orange Fire painting, but also because of the 8,000 rpm redline found in the GTS.
Moving onto the Porsche, the magazine was fond of the exterior visual elements, an aggressive front spoiler and a large, stationary rear wing, and last but not least, the large 19-inch wheels.
BMW’s elaborate GTS suspension and stiff body have also impressed them: “rich, peaceful, neutral and precise steering response. Even without electronic assistance, [the M3 GTS] remains at a manageable level.”
On the other hand, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS delivered some great braking performance, due to its nearly 9,000 euros ceramic brake system.
The GTS is not only larger, but also more difficult to handle. The car offers 450 horsepower at 1538 kg curb weight (factory claim 1530 kg), while the Porsche with the same 450 horsepower only weighs 1400 kg (1370 factory specification). Whether during acceleration, braking or cornering, the German editor continues to point out the higher weight of the GTS.
Performance wise, the Porsche accelerates from standstill to 100 km/hr in 3.7 seconds, while the M3 GTS stops the clock at 4.6 seconds. The gap becomes wider at 200 km/hr where the Porsche is 2.0 seconds faster.
Unofficial numbers show a far smaller gap between the two cars, as outlined below by AutoBild:
BMW E92 M3 GTS
Curb weight work: 1.530 kg
Curb weight car picture: 1538 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km / h manufacturer: 4,4 s
Acceleration 0-100 km / h Auto Bild: 4.6 s
Vmax work: 305 km / h
Vmax Auto Bild: 305 km / h
Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Curb weight work: 1.370 kg
Curb weight car image: 1.400 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km / h manufacturer: 4,0 s
Acceleration 0-100 km / h Auto Bild: 3.7 s
Vmax work: 310 km / h
Vmax Auto Bild: 330 km / h
A our sister-magazine BimmerToday points out, there are still many unknown variables in this test drive, from the factory prepared cars for the drive to the performance work done to the 911.