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    • Road and Track E92 M3 to M3 GT race car comparison, data and video

      We are not sure why Road and Track is just getting to uploading the videos from this comparison which was done back in September of last year. Well, if a publication like Road and Track can rehash content we certainly can report it. This is the same sort of comparison as was done with the Porsche GT3 and its race car counterpart. Road and Track compared the specs between the two cars as well as laptimes.

      The M3 does not hold up quite as well with its GT sibling as the GT3 does. The M3 is much heavier and also was outperformed by a greater margin. Certainly normal for the race car to be much faster and we would love to see the GTS used instead but since that car is not for sale in the United States it is understandable why it was not. Race car driver Tommy Milner (who left BMW for Corvette racing since this was published) gives his thoughts on how the street car compares:

      “The street tire on the M3 is lots of fun. It allows you to get a little bit sideways, even in the brake zones. There’s such a forgiving nature to the car…the M3 race car, on the other hand, is a lot more visceral. Everything happens faster. You feel more g forces. The cornering loads are a lot higher. I have the confidence to drive it into the corners very deep. Having said that, when you drive both cars—and I’m sure the lap times are quite a bit different—the race car still feels like it’s a BMW M3.”

      The M3 S65 V8 is not based on the race motor as the GT3 is. The M3 GT V8 has a flat-plane crank, different internals, and different heads. Simply put, the similarities between the motors in these cars are the displacement and cylinder count. Everything else is different. The race car also does not feature a dual clutch transmission like the street car which interestingly Tommy Milner says he prefers the DCT trans even to the manual. High praise for the trans, certainly.

      The street M3 is simply far from its racecar counterpart. A cool comparison to see, but it just goes to show how the M3 has become heavy and soft while cars like the Porsche GT3 get stronger and leaner. The gap here has become so large it makes this comparison look silly. The M3 used to be closer to the mark, a shame.





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      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        $800,000? Wtf....a 997.2 Porsche Cup car is $250,000 and thats for a 2012. A SuperCup is around the same, and a GT3 RSR is about $450,000 or so. The Cup comes in at 450hp, the RSR is somewhere in the 550 range on motor alone....no FI here.
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Matt@AUTOCouture Click here to enlarge
        $800,000? Wtf....a 997.2 Porsche Cup car is $250,000 and thats for a 2012. A SuperCup is around the same, and a GT3 RSR is about $450,000 or so. The Cup comes in at 450hp, the RSR is somewhere in the 550 range on motor alone....no FI here.
        You sure the new Porsche ALSM GT cars aren't in the same price range and different from the cup cars?