Comparison: BMW E92 M3 vs C7 Corvette Stingray

BMW M3 | September 20th, 2013 by 9
E92 M3 vs C7 Corvette Stingray 750x500 is asking what everyday sports car would you buy if you had $70,000. The two contenders: BMW E92 M3 and C7 Corvette Stingray. The … is asking what everyday sports car would you buy if you had $70,000. The two contenders: BMW E92 M3 and C7 Corvette Stingray.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 460-horsepower and reaching 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds (4.1 with 1 foot of rollout as on a drag strip) and clears the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 113.7 mph. The M3 and its 4.0-liter 414-hp V8 runs to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds (4.6 with rollout) and 13.0 at 109.9 mph.

Here is an excerpt from the review:

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No Surprise at the Track
To be completely honest, such real-world considerations are the only way the 2013 BMW M3 has a fighting chance. If we kept our considerations to the track, we could simply publish a spreadsheet and then kick back, pop open a Bud and catch up on our Netflix queue.

Unlike some of the other cars we’ve thrown at the C7 the past few weeks, the differences here are stark. The Stingray Z51’s best lap of the Streets of Willow was 1:24.55 with a top speed of 112.5 mph. That’s faster than a Nissan GT-R and a Porsche 911 Carrera S, let alone the M3 Coupe, which did it in 1:29.02 with a Vmax of 105.26 mph.

“What an instrument,” our test-driver Josh Jacquot wrote of the C7 after wrapping up his laps at Willow Springs. “There’s no need to qualify the Corvette’s performance now. It lacks bad manners. It’s fast. It makes the right sounds. It turns, stops and goes like crazy. It’s predictable, reliable and world class in virtually every way. Remarkably easy to place. Confident. Communicative.”

Astute readers will glean that means he liked it. The M3, on the other hand, elicited appreciation but the perhaps obvious conceit that Munich’s representative was out of its league.

“Still rewarding after all these years, but clearly behind the latest hardware when it comes to grip and cornering speed,” Jacquot wrote. “It’s clearly not as focused of a driver’s car relative to the low, light ‘Vette.”

Full review

Also read C7 Corvette Sets Gaze Upon M3 / M4

9 responses to “Comparison: BMW E92 M3 vs C7 Corvette Stingray”

  1. steelydan says:

    dumb comparison. why should anyone be surprised? the m3 gives up over two liters of displacement to the corvette.

    next comparison: a lamborghini gallardo vs. a bmw 116d.

  2. DSC OFF says:

    The newest Vette right out of the gate VS the last model year of a six year run on the M3? I realize it still won’t win but this would have been a better comparison if they would have waited 6 months.

  3. dan says:

    the m3 pricetag is higher? why because hard plastic dash that corvette doesnt have? missing old m3, newer bimmer are fat junks

  4. Driver says:

    C7 will be faster of course, but 4.9 and 13.0 1/4? 4.4 for 12.7 is the lowest I saw in reviews so far (C&D did 3.9 with launch control). N54 335i stock will do 4.8-9.
    But those numbers would put 4-seater M3 to close I guess so they had to do something.
    I like Stingray don’t get me wrong, again, pretty sure it is faster (lower weight, more power and better breaks) just don’t like when people overdo biasing.

  5. Rob says:

    F8x’s will reach 0 to 60mph in 4.1s if equipped with dct, at least in paper. Why the heck would they put a brand new car up against a 6 year old? Plus phose cars are in differen league regardless of their age, comparing apple and oranges. One word: Fail!

  6. come on says:

    Edmunds, you are drunk, go home…

  7. Bimmer says:

    BMW M3 would always be the king , it’s a real enthusiast car ,more focused and yet more rewarding , it is aloso great for everyday use , The vette is a great machine it has more focus on the perofrmance than everyday use and i think that making such a comparison is just for showing the vette superiority over a 6 year old car.

  8. jason says:

    put a M3 and a vette in front of a bunch of smart women, and see what they choose….hahhhhh…
    americans make fast junk…

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