Back in the day, the BMW M3 wouldn’t be compared to a Camaro but, then again, times have changed and old rivalries don’t apply anymore but new ones are formed. The M3 in Coupe guise is gone altogether and in its place we now have the M4. On the other hand, the Camaro has evolved over the years and is now a legitimate sports car, especially when it comes down to the ZL1 version. That’s basically the most hardcore iteration of the Camaro ever made.
The numbers are amazing too, both on the street and on the track but we’re not here to discuss the ZL1. Today we’re taking a look at a more evenly matched comparison, between a BMW M4 Competition Package model and a Camaro SS. The SS version comes with a 6.2-liter V8 engine but tuned to develop 455 HP and 617 Nm (455 lb-ft) of torque which may seem too little compared to the 650 HP of the ZL1. However, things are different when compared to the M4.
The M4 Competition Package comes with an engine half in size compared to the Chevy. The 3-liter straight six mill of the Bimmer has 450 HP at its disposal along with 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque so the numbers are pretty close between the two contenders here. The BMW wins in terms of weight though, despite losing out on the torque front. Will that be enough to keep up with the Camaro?
On paper, the two are just as fast, reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4 seconds flat. The thing is, results in real life rarely match those on paper as there’s a number of factors to keep in mind when dealing with things like cold asphalt or even rain. The footage does show how the two compare though and it could be useful for those on the fence, choosing between them.