BMW M4 GTS vs Porsche 911 GT3 RS

BMW M4, News | July 19th, 2016 by 12
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In the world of hardcore, stripped out, track-oriented sports cars, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is king. GT3 911s always have been, that’s no secret. In fact, every time a seriously fantastic driving sports car comes out, it’s compared with 911 GT3 cars. That’s because every 911 GT3 car has always been the best driving car of its respective time. BMW has attempted, several times, to take Porsche on at its own game. Cars like the E46 M3 CSL and E92 M3 GTS have both been attempts to tackle the mighty Porsche 911 GT3. Both were valiant efforts, but both still lost to Porsche. However, it seems as if BMW has finally come withing striking distance of taking Porsche down, with the new BMW M4 GTS.

German publication Auto Motor Sport has recently compared these two track-ready beasts and have come away with a most interesting conclusion – The M4 GTS is just as good as the 911 GT3 RS.

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In terms of acceleration, handling and braking, the M4 GTS and 911 GT3 RS are neck-and-neck. Around the Hockeheim Kleiner Kurs (the short version) circuit, both cars finished within a second of each other, with the 911 GT3 RS beating out the M4 GTS by just four tenths with a 1:09.2 time, compared to the Bimmer’s 1:09.6. The 911 GT3 RS also was only able to out-brake the M4 GTS from 100 km/h by about 70 centimeters (just over two feet). Both cars also accelerate to 200 km/h (124 mph) in the same time as well.

So, considering that both cars are basically just as fast as one another around Hockenheim, accelerate to 200 km/h as fast as each other, brake almost identically to each other and handle as well as each other, it’s safe to say that BMW has finally caught up to Porsche in its own game. That’s mighty impressive because it seems as if BMW is the first to do so. At least off the top of my head, I can’t think of another car that has come so close to a Porsche 911 GT3 while being as drivable everyday and around the same price.

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Another point Auto Motor makes is that the M4 GTS has now seemingly surpassed the iconic E46 M3 CSL as the best hardcore M car. The CSL was always considered to be the best-driving M3 ever made and is probably the most expensive iteration of the famous nameplate. However, Auto Motor feels that, while the M3 CSL wins somewhat on an emotional level, the M4 GTS is a better car in every other respect. It’s also good enough to genuinely take on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS at its own game.

[Source: Auto Motor Sport]

12 responses to “BMW M4 GTS vs Porsche 911 GT3 RS”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    That’s insane how close to the GT3 RS the M4 GTS seems to be. If we add carbon core and maybe rear wheel steering, this car will be a ///Monster !

    • TheBingoBalls says:

      That’s why I don’t understand all this nonsense about the GTS being overpriced. The GTS is competitive in performance and in price. These cars are track cars. They all perform more/less the same in different ways. If you like Porsche, get the Porsche. Same with BMW but don’t say one is too expensive when it can compete at a much lower.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        How is it overpriced ? There are barely any option and it’s still cheaper than the base GT3, which should be slower both on straight and track.

        • TheBingoBalls says:

          I agree with you. I’m just saying a lot of people complaining about the price because it’s a BMW and underneath of it all is just a 4-Series. What I tell those people is how does it feel to see a “4-Series” on par with Porsche’s best and at a lower price point.

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  2. Sam Hensi says:

    Thats GT3 lap time not GT3 RS, pls dont BS, 0-100km/h gt3 3.4, gt3rs 3.2-3.3, m4 gts 3.8, stopping distance gt3 and gt3 rs around 90 ft, m4 gts almost 100 ft, pls, gt3 and rs is on another level even though i love m4 gts so much

    • M. says:

      Searched for dyno runs for GT3 and it seems it has similar power at the wheel with the M4 GTS. The power advertised, it’s simply advertising. So the M4 GTS targets the GT3 on every level. Even their Nurburgring laptimes are almost the same.

      To be honest, those 500HP advertised by GT3RS are way more than that, because the car is way more faster (5-6″ I think) – let’s be honest, how much a car can be tuned, to put down an almost the same power, when it’s already, well… tuned? :)

    • TheBingoBalls says:

      I’m sure the GT3 has some aspects of it that are better than the M4 GTS but the point is, these two are track cars and not volume sellers so the only thing you should be comparing are numbers/performance. The fact that the M4 is comparable to any GT3 (base or RS) at its price point given it’s a just a “4-Series” is commendable. You hear so much about how much better Porsche is to BMW (which is largely true in some aspects) but you see BMW up there with one of Porsche’s best.

      Again, they both do the same but in different ways. If having a more advanced chassis/engine is your thing and you want to pay a premium for it, go for it but don’t dismiss the BMW M4 GTS for being another highly-modified 4-Series or not having the prancing stallion on the hood when it’s clear that the performance figures are up there.

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