German motoring journalists at Sport Auto took on the challenging task of comparing two of the most amazing cars available on the market.
One of them, the 2010 BMW M3 Coupe. The M3 came equipped with the Competition Package, or ZCP as known internally at BMW dealerships, 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.
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.
The second contender comes from Ingolstadt-based automaker, Audi. Their super sporty coupe RS5 is out the change the game, and the the wide-bodied two door made its debut at this year’s Geneva auto show. Based on the A5 coupe, RS5’s 4.2-liter V-8 makes 450 hp at 8250 rpm – coincidentally, about 30 horsepower over the 4.0L V8 of the M3 – and maximum torque is 317 lb-ft, available between 4000 and 6000 rpm. The hand-built engine is direct-injected and closely related to the 420-hp V-8 which powers the R8 supercar.
Top speed is electronically governed at 155 mph or 174 mph, spec’d to your order. Zero to 62 mph is accomplished in a claimed 4.6 seconds.
According to M3post quoting Sport Auto, the 2010 BMW M3 Competition Package came at the top of this comparison test. The final verdict was that the two luxury sporty coupes are built for different people, but the M3 takes the edge, including being around $13,000 cheaper than its competitor.
The test results are available in the chart below.“South” at M3post ]