Ok, so it’s time again to compare the BMW M3 with the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio. It seems as if journalists just can’t get enough of these three together and neither can we. This time, though, there’s a twist. Which ever car is the fastest of these three in a drag race has to take on the mighty HSV GTSR W1 (which is possibly the worst car name in the history of the automobile. Did they name it after an MRI machine?). If you don’t know what the HVR is, it’s a 636 hp rear-wheel drive Australian monster built on the same platform as the Chevy SS.
First up is the two Germans, as the BMW M3 Comp Pack, in this case, takes on the Mercedes-AMG C63 S. It should be a pretty straight forward race. The M3 makes 444 hp and the AMG makes 502. And it ends up being that straight forward, as the AMG takes a commanding early lead that it never relinquishes.
After the AMG beats the M3, it has to take on the young Italian. The Alfa Romeo has the same amount of power but is lighter and uses a better gearbox. So it has a good chance of beating the AMG. And it does, with a good convincing finish. What’s impressive is that the Alfa Romeo makes the same power and is faster through the drag race while using a smaller engine. The Alfa’s 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 is considerably smaller than the AMG’s 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8. Still, though, Italy takes the victory.
Which means it’s time for it to take on Australia and the 636 hp HSV. Sorry to spoil it, but it’s not exactly a surprise. The HSV wins by a large margin. It struggles putting power down at first, as that sort of power is hard to wrangle, but once it hooks up it’s a rocket. That’s a lot of power in a sedan and it’s the most powerful Australian car ever produced. So it takes the ultimate victory here. It’s still ugly and has a dumb name, though.