Car and Driver chooses BMW M3 as top pick in 400 Horsepower Club

BMW M3, Featured Posts | August 25th, 2010 by 26
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Recently, Car and Driver takes us into the “Horsepower wars”, one of the most overused phrase in automotive journalist, as they point out. To add …

Recently, Car and Driver takes us into the “Horsepower wars”, one of the most overused phrase in automotive journalist, as they point out. To add even further, this brings us to the “megapixels war” seen in photo cameras where the consumers automatically associates higher megapixels resolution with better photos.

Well, that same misconception can be see in the auto world where often we tend to associate better cars with the number of ponies found under the hood.

The point of the article is not to educate, but rather to inform, therefore C&D gives us their top picks in the 400 Horsepower Club where BMW M3 scores another win.

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Car and Driver Pick
BMW M3

414 hp
$59,275
0–60 mph: 4.1 sec
¼-mile: 12.6 sec @ 113 mph

Shocked? Probably not. For four generations, the M3 has been converting drivers into BMW disciples. The current generation, introduced in 2008, houses the M3’s first V-8, an engine that alone can create converts. Its 414 hp aren’t fully realized until 8300 rpm, and although the engine lacks the low-end torque of many larger-displacement engines, winding it out to its 8400-rpm redline is a life-changing experience. As is virtually any turn behind the M3’s wheel.

Next on the list, the Least Expensive car in this select club:

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Ford Mustang GT
412 hp
$30,495
0–60 mph: 4.6 sec
¼-mile: 13.2 sec @ 109 mph

Ford’s Model T was the car that put the world on wheels, but the Mustang is one of the cars that introduced those wheels to positive slip and melted the rubber off them. The Mustang has spent its entire life peddling affordable power, but never before has its speed been so quickly gathered, herded through corners, or immediately dispersed. At $30,495 for 412 ponies, the Mustang puts heroic horsepower within reach of Everyman, but the 4.6-second 0-to-60 sprint is only a part of its skills set.

What about the quickest car in this range?

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Quickest
Nissan GT-R

480 hp
$85,060
0–60 mph: 3.3 sec
¼-mile: 11.5 sec @ 124 mph

And finally, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG which gets the “awesome” label.

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Don’t Underestimate Its Awesomeness
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

451 hp
$58,225
0–60 mph: 3.9 sec
¼-mile: 12.3 sec @ 116 mph

Full article and other cars in the 500 and 600 Horsepower Club can be seen at Car and Driver

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