Reviews of the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S continue to pour in. Car Magazine took the two athletes for a head-to-head comparison to find out which one delivers the most thrills in the segment.
The competitor to the F80 BMW M3 comes with a 4.0 liter V8 bi-turbocharged engine that delivers 503 hp and 700Nm (516 lb-ft) in the C63 S AMG variant. This is the same engine found on the Mercedes-AMG GT sports coupe. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission. From 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), it only takes 4.1 seconds for the C63 S AMG and 4.2 seconds for the base model. Both cars are limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
The F80 BMW M3 features the S55 3.0 liter inline-six TwinPower engine producing 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear-wheels via a six-speed or an optional 7-speed M DCT transmission. For comparison, with the seven-speed DCT, the M3 and M4 need 4.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, switching to manual speed, the two cars need 4.3 seconds
Top speed is governed at 155 mph for both the BMW and the Mercedes.
The C63 isn’t a newcomer to the battle, as it tried to take down the king in its last generation, with little success. The previous C63 was good and very fun, but it didn’t’ have the precision and driveability that the M3 had. This new model, however, is a proper driving machine and the competition is more fierce than ever.
Let’s have a look.