The eagle-eyed folks at Jalopnik have noticed something that is sure to fire up loyal followers of BMWs and Mustangs everywhere.
Granted, potential buyers of the M3 are probably not test-driving the Mustang GT first, but with numbers this close, maybe they should.
Check it out:
Engine and horsepower
M3: 4.0-liter V8, 414 hp
Mustang GT: 5.0-liter V8, 412 hp
Mustang GT: 3,612
0-60 time (seconds)
Mustang GT: 4.4
M3: 12.7 seconds at 111.3 mph
Mustang GT: 12.7 seconds at 111.3 mph
60-0 mph (in feet)
Mustang GT: 104
Lateral acceleration (g)
Mustang GT: .97
Now, when you figure the last piece, cost, it would seem the Mustang GT is the clear winner. The M3 costs $59,975 compared to the Mustang’s $31,795.
The simple conclusion is to buy the Mustang and have $28,000 of gas money left over. But is that all there is to it? Not by a long shot.
BMW’s M3 is a refined and balanced car. Skidpad performance is a good test, but running in a constant circle is not representative of a corner with a fast change in direction and doesn’t indicate how the car handles its power on exit from the turn. It’s here I think the M3 would leave the GT in its rubber cloud.
Considering the leaps and bounds Ford has made with the Mustang GT’s refinement, interior, and overall quality, though, I wouldn’t fault anyone for choosing it over the M3.
But at the end of the day, the Mustang is only a GT while the BMW is an M, which the Germans have turned into the greatest letter in the alphabet. Yes, these are very different cars for very different buyers, but assuming I had the cash, I’d drive home in the M3.
Which would you take home, the BMW M3 or the 2011 Mustang GT?