AutoBild: BMW M3 Sedan vs. Cadillac CTS-V vs. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG vs. Lexus IS-F vs. Alpina B3

BMW M3, Featured Posts | October 19th, 2010 by 50
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German magazine Autobild put together an exciting comparison between some of the sportiest luxury sedans out there. The BMW M3 with Competition Package takes on …

German magazine Autobild put together an exciting comparison between some of the sportiest luxury sedans out there. The BMW M3 with Competition Package takes on the Cadilac CTS-V, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG with Performance Package, Lexus IS-F and …the ALPINA B3.

Here is a quick recap of the technical specs on these cars. The BMW M3 came equipped with the Competition Package, a new package that brings many cosmetic changes to the already aggressive M3.

Along with the visual improvements, the Competition Package further enhances the highly responsive chassis by installing a 10mm lower suspension and 19” wheels with greater offset for a wider track. Remapped Electronic Damping Control and Dynamic Stability Control systems, turns the M3 with Competition Package in one of the best handling production M cars ever built.

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The M3 is powered by the S65B40 engine, a naturally aspirated, high revving 4-liter V8 (based on the S85B50 5-liter V10 that powers the E60/E61 M5 and the E63/E64 M6 to date) delivering 414 horsepower (309 kW; 420 PS) at 8,300 rpm and peak torque of 400 Nm (300 lb-ft) at 3,900 rpm, which represents a power increase of 22% over the previous generation E46 M3.

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG with Performance Package Plus increases output by 30 hp to 487 hp. The package also includes AMG high-performance braking system featuring composite technology on the front axle and an AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/Alcantara.
With the Performance Package Plus, the C 63 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 13.9 seconds. The top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited).

Cadillac CTS-V is powered by a 6.2L Supercharged V8, packing 556hp at 6100 RPM and 551lb-ft of torque at 3800 RPM. The CTS-V only weighs 4200/4300lbs, in manual and automatic trim. 0-60 time is around 4.2 seconds.

The Lexus is equipped with a 5.0L V8 producing 416 horsepower and 371 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm, with which you could reach 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.

ALPINA B3 S uses a 3.0-liter engine has been tuned to deliver an impressive 400hp at 6000rpm with a maximum torque of 397lbs-ft at 4500rpm. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.

And once again, the BMW M3 takes home the win, followed by the ALPINA B3 S and MB C63 AMG.

1st place: BMW M3 Sedan DKG Competition Package

  • 420 hp, 1670 kg
  • 0-100 km/h: 4,5 s
  • 0-200 km/h: 15,6 s
  • Braking 100-0 km/h (warm): 34,3 m

2nd place: Alpina B3 S Biturbo

  • 400 hp, 1637 kg
  • 0-100 km/h: 4,5 s
  • 0-200 km/h: 15,4 s
  • Braking 100-0 km/h (warm): 34,8 m

3rd place: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Performance Package Plus

  • 487 hp, 1795 kg
  • 0-100 km/h: 4,4 s
  • 0-200 km/h: 14,0 s
  • Braking 100-0 km/h (warm): 36,3 m

4th place: Cadillac CTS-V

  • 564 hp, 1964 kg
  • 0-100 km/h: 4,6 s
  • 0-200 km/h: 14,0 s
  • Braking 100-0 km/h (warm): 35,8 m

5th place: Lexus IS F

  • 423 hp, 1717 kg
  • 0-100 km/h: 5,1 s
  • 0-200 km/h: 16,6 s
  • Braking 100-0 km/h (warm): 35,4 m

Sachsenring times:

  1. 1:40,1 min – C63 AMG PPP (on Continental SportContact 5P M0, 18″)
  2. 1:40,6 min – M3 Sedan CP
  3. 1:40,9 min – B3 S Biturbo
  4. 1:41,7 min – CTS-V
  5. 1:42,1 min – IS F
[Source: Autobild and GermanCarForum ]

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