These three are back at it again. With the release of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, it seems as if every automotive publication is comparing it to the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. Rightfully so, as these are the three best cars in the segment, but there’s been a lot of reviews of the three cars with a lot of different outcomes. Some say the M3 is the best, some say the AMG is the best and some say it’s the Alfa that’s the best. Everyone has different tastes and expectations, so you’re never going to get the same results. But despite the numerous three-way tests we’ve seen of these three, they don’t get old so let’s take a look at another.
This latest comparison comes from The Independent, who recently put the three cars together on just a race track to find out which one was the best pure performance car. Forget road stuff, ride comfort or cabin technology. Which one is the best to drive fast?
According to this review, the Giulia is actually in last place but not for its actual driving demeanor. While they were impressed with the Giulia’s power, performance and handling, their test car actually had some electrical issues that prevented them from further performance testing. So while the M3 and AMG were out playing, the Alfa was sitting on the sideline watching. Though it had the potential to win them over, the Giulia simply couldn’t finish the day. So it can’t be deemed a winner. Though, calling it a loser is a bit rough. So it really got a DNF.
In second place came the Mercedes-AMG C63 S. It’s hard not to love the AMG’s unabashed muscle car demeanor. That massive 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 up front makes a monstrous 503 hp and many, many torques. So it just loves to tear its rear tires to bits. It also makes a fantastic noise (BMW and Chevy fans might hate me for this but I think AMG makes the best-sounding V8s in the world). But it isn’t just tire smoke and noise. The AMG C63 S is properly fast, getting from 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds. The only real issue on track is that it’s a bit heavy and cumbersome. Rather than the scalpel-like M3, the AMG is more of a velvet-lined hammer. Hence why the original AMG E-Class was dubbed the “Hammer”.
So the BMW M3 Competition Package takes the win, here. Its twin-turbo I6 may not be as sonorous as the AMG’s V8 and it lacks a significant amount of power. But it’s still plenty quick and it loves to rev. The 444 hp from the M3 is also still enough to get it to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, as well. But where the M3 shines is on the track, where handling finesse and agility matter more than outright speed. Here, the BMW M3 walks around the AMG with little effort. It’s the athlete, whereas the AMG is the muscle.
On the road, people might prefer the AMG’s ride comfort and brutal straight-line acceleration. But this was a test of track-handling and the BMW M3 was deemed the best.[Source: The Independent]