Two New Germans to Lust After: BMW M3 GTS and Porsche Boxster Spyder
BMW has created an M3 for the track, a car for club racing like Porsche’s 911 GT3 Clubsport, either of which would inspire dark lust in any Car Guru in his right mind. But it’s also homologated, says Autoweek, for the street if you register it as such. This car has all the goodies you would expect for $150-170,000—carbon-fiber roof, stripped interior, roll cage, etc. It weighs in at 3,285 pounds, 419 less than the regular M3.
And it has a revised M3 suspension, 7-speed dual-clutch tranny with paddles, electronic differential, new brakes, and much more. The M3’s V8 power is up 30 hp to 450, which should move things along nicely. The first cars will come to Germany next May, to other countries by summer of 2010. Eat your hearts out, clubsporters.
If your tastes run to less raucous open-air motoring, consider the new Boxster Spyder, which will be on view for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show in early December. Another lightweight at just 2,811 pounds, the Boxster Spyder (press release here) is a throwback to the 550 Spyder of the 1950s, a welcome return to the agile sportscars many of us drove and loved.
Porsche tweaked the Boxster S‘s 3.4-liter engine to produce 320 hp. Choose the dual-clutch (PDK) transmission, and you will get to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. An all-new sport suspension lowers the car and promises even better handling than the Boxster S. Drive it away for $61,200 any time after February 2010, when it goes on sale in the U.S.
Okay, fans, which one do you want—and why? Lay a comment on us.