• $64,000 dollar question: Automobile Magazine test and comparison of the 2013 Audi RS5, Porsche 981 Boxster S, Mercedes W204 C63 AMG coupe, and BMW E92 M3

      Here is a nice comparison from Automobile where they take four of the hottest German performance cars out right now under $64000 (base price) to find which one is the best. The cars are the 2013 Audi RS5, Mercedes C63 AMG coupe, BMW M3, and the new Porsche Boxster S. The Boxster really being a roadster so it doesn't not fit in cleanly into the comparison but if someone is cross shopping based on price it certainly fits in.


      Automobile puts the C63 AMG in last place. They hated the transmission, understandable with the automatic. They also didn't like its heft. Its track manners were the least desirable. They did like the motor which who doesn't? It was the fastest car out of the group.

      The Audi RS5 comes in third. It also has the highest base price of the group. They said the 4.2 liter with 450 horsepower and an 8500 RPM redline is arguably the best powerplant in this test which is rather hard to believe when the M156 V8 in the C63 and the S65 V8 in the M3 are involved. The RS5 was also called the least impressive on the track. In other words, compared to the others, it's boring. Understeer all day and the brakes had trouble with the heft. Hard to believe it had the fastest lap time of the bunch then. Yes, it really did.

      The M3 finishes in second place or really first of the cars in its class. Automobile states its age is starting to show as it should but the M3 clearly is aging quite well especially considering Audi is bringing a brand new car to the table and Mercedes recently released the C63 coupe. It's also considerably lighter and better balanced than either the Audi or Mercedes, age isn't changing that. The 111 mph trap speed puts it 1 MPH ahead of the brand new RS5 although the C63 was tested much quicker than either. It only beat the C63 by a tenth around the track though either way the M3 is said to be more desirable due to how much fun it is to drive and its great balance.

      This brings us to the first place car, the Porsche Boxster S. Obviously, the Boxster wins because it is the most fun to drive. As it should be being mid-engined and offering the lightest curb weight by over 400 pounds in this group. The acceleration numbers even with the PDK transmission are incredibly slow compared to numbers others have hit. 13.3@106 in the 1/4 mile? Something sounds really off. Regardless, they call the Boxster driving bliss and that is why it wins although it is incredibly surprising the RS5 beat it around the roadcourse.

      Full results and video below. Oh, and Automobile titling this comparison as a $64,000 comparison makes little sense when one actually looks like the as tested prices. Especially with the Boxster over $90k.

      Video will not embed, link here: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews...Hw1ucwjrFgkZ9J

      Lap Times
      Grattan Raceway
      | 2.2 miles

      Audi RS5 1:28.48
      Porsche Boxster S 1:29.10
      BMW M3 1:30.05
      Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 1:30.06




      2013 Audi RS5

      BASE PRICE: $69,795
      PRICE AS TESTED: $77,320

      POWERTRAIN
      ENGINE:
      32-valve DOHC V-8
      DISPLACEMENT: 4.2 liters (254 cu in)
      POWER: 450 hp @ 8250 rpm
      TORQUE: 317 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
      TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic
      DRIVE: 4-wheel

      CHASSIS
      STEERING:
      Electrically assisted
      FRONT SUSPENSION: Multilink, coil springs
      REAR SUSPENSION: Multilink, coil springs
      BRAKES: Vented discs, ABS
      TIRES: Pirelli PZero
      TIRE SIZE: 275/30YR-20

      MEASUREMENTS
      L x W x H:
      183.0 x 73.2 x 53.8 in
      WHEELBASE: 108.3 in
      TRACK F/R: 62.4/62.3 in
      WEIGHT: 4037 lb
      WEIGHT DIST. F/R: 57.8/42.2%
      EPA MILEAGE: 16/23 mpg

      TEST RESULTS
      0-60 MPH:
      4.6 sec
      0-100 MPH: 10.8 sec
      1/4-MILE: 13.0 sec @ 110 mph
      30-70 MPH PASSING: 4.5 sec
      PEAK ACCELERATION: 0.85 g
      SPEED IN GEARS: 1) 42; 2) 68; 3) 98; 4) 130; 5) 167; 6) 174; 7) --- mph
      CORNERING L/R: 0.97/0.95 g
      70-0 MPH BRAKING: 152 ft
      PEAK BRAKING: 1.15 g



      2012 BMW M3 coupe

      BASE PRICE: $62,295
      PRICE AS TESTED: $69,595

      POWERTRAIN
      ENGINE:
      32-valve DOHC V-8
      DISPLACEMENT: 4.0 liters (244 cu in)
      POWER: 414 hp @ 8300 rpm
      TORQUE: 295 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
      TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic
      DRIVE: Rear-wheel

      CHASSIS
      STEERING:
      Electrohydraulically assisted
      FRONT SUSPENSION: Strut-type, coil springs
      REAR SUSPENSION: Multilink, coil springs
      BRAKES: Vented discs, ABS
      TIRES: Michelin Pilot Sport
      TIRE SIZE F, R: 245/35YR-19, 265/35YR-19

      MEASUREMENTS
      L x W x H:
      181.8 x 71.0 x 55.8 in
      WHEELBASE: 108.7 in
      TRACK F/R: 60.6/60.6 in
      WEIGHT: 3576 lb
      WEIGHT DIST. F/R: 51.2/48.8%
      EPA MILEAGE: 14/20 mpg

      TEST RESULTS
      0-60 MPH:
      4.6 sec
      0-100 MPH: 10.6 sec
      1/4-MILE: 13.0 sec @ 111 mph
      30-70 MPH PASSING: 4.0 sec
      PEAK ACCELERATION: 0.73 g
      SPEED IN GEARS: 1) 44; 2) 71; 3) 97; 4) 124; 5) 150; 6) 155; 7) --- mph
      CORNERING L/R: 1.00/0.99 g
      70-0 MPH BRAKING: 141 ft
      PEAK BRAKING: 1.16 g



      2013 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe

      BASE PRICE: $64,935
      PRICE AS TESTED: $83,845

      POWERTRAIN
      ENGINE:
      32-valve DOHC V-8
      DISPLACEMENT: 6.2 liters (379 cu in)
      POWER: 481 hp @ 6500 rpm
      TORQUE: 443 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
      TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic
      DRIVE: Rear-wheel

      CHASSIS
      STEERING:
      Hydraulically assisted
      FRONT SUSPENSION: Strut-type, coil springs
      REAR SUSPENSION: Multilink, coil springs
      BRAKES: Vented discs, ABS
      TIRES: Continental ContiSportContact
      TIRE SIZE F, R: 235/40YR-18, 255/35YR-18

      MEASUREMENTS
      L x W x H:
      185.3 x 69.7 x 54.6 in
      WHEELBASE: 108.9 in
      TRACK F/R: 62.4/61.5 in
      WEIGHT: 3804 lb
      WEIGHT DIST. F/R: 53.8/46.2%
      EPA MILEAGE: 13/19 mpg

      TEST RESULTS
      0-60 MPH:
      4.4 sec
      0-100 MPH: 10.0 sec
      1/4-MILE: 12.3 sec @ 117 mph
      30-70 MPH PASSING: 4.4 sec
      PEAK ACCELERATION: 0.71 g
      SPEED IN GEARS: 1) 41; 2) 63; 3) 94; 4) 131; 5) 174; 6) ---; 7) --- mph
      CORNERING L/R: 0.94/0.94 g
      70-0 MPH BRAKING: 165 ft
      PEAK BRAKING: 1.04 g



      2013 Porsche Boxster S

      BASE PRICE: $61,850
      PRICE AS TESTED: $90,535

      POWERTRAIN
      ENGINE:
      24-valve DOHC flat-6
      DISPLACEMENT: 3.4 liters (210 cu in)
      POWER: 315 hp @ 6700 rpm
      TORQUE: 266 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
      TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic
      DRIVE: Rear-wheel

      CHASSIS
      STEERING:
      Electrically assisted
      FRONT SUSPENSION: Strut-type, coil springs
      REAR SUSPENSION: Strut-type, coil springs
      BRAKES: Vented discs, ABS
      TIRES: Pirelli PZero
      TIRE SIZE F, R: 235/35YR-20, 265/35YR-20

      MEASUREMENTS
      L x W x H:
      172.2 x 70.9 x 50.0 in
      WHEELBASE: 97.4 in
      TRACK F/R: 60.1/60.6 in
      WEIGHT: 3133 lb
      WEIGHT DIST. F/R: 44.6/55.4%
      EPA MILEAGE: 21/30 mpg

      TEST RESULTS
      0-60 MPH:
      4.8 sec
      0-100 MPH: 11.9 sec
      1/4-MILE: 13.3 sec @ 106 mph
      30-70 MPH PASSING: 4.5 sec
      PEAK ACCELERATION: 0.78 g
      SPEED IN GEARS: 1) 42; 2) 71; 3) 99; 4) 125; 5) 151; 6) 172; 7) --- mph
      CORNERING L/R: 1.02/1.01 g
      70-0 MPH BRAKING: 137 ft
      PEAK BRAKING: 1.20 g



      This article was originally published in forum thread: New Boxster S vs RS5 vs M3 vs C63 started by Sorena View original post
      Comments 46 Comments
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eryk03 Click here to enlarge
        M3 is the worst but is such an overrated car.
        Tempted to -150 this.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Tempted to -150 this.
        Ya! Dude has no idea what he's talking about.
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        Maybe he should explain why he feels it's overrated? @Eryk03
      1. Sledgehammer's Avatar
        Sledgehammer -
        Its an interesting comparo however I would buy any of these cars for the money...

        That being said I do love the body and look of the S5 I think its a well designed car inside and out. The Boxster for me is a great platform but I would want it in the Cayman S form to me that is where the platform shines. The Mercedes to me isnt and never will be a sports car its a Grand Tourer no matter much power it has, plus its ugly to boot. But thats my opinion. The M3 to me is a little bit overpriced but for me I would just buy a Boss 302 they are comparable to me and I enjoy a good bang for the buck if you will. What the test really highlights is how diverse the market is at that price point.

        You can get a mid-engine/rwd/vert or a front engine/awd/coupe or one of two front engine/rwd/coupes each with their own flavor. I will admit the Benz is faster around the road course than I would have expected and to be on the M's as was a shocker. It shows the M's chassis is dated and its time for the new version to show up. The M is getting caught or left behind at this point, thats very un BMW to not be on the ball. The S5 really showed its ass in terms of its lap time but I suspect the Boxster is the best balanced car there and the easiest to get more time out of. I could be wrong there however
      1. seth's Avatar
        seth -
        Boxster doesn't look like it belongs in the test other than price but man it keeps up really well!
      1. Sledgehammer's Avatar
        Sledgehammer -
        Edit myself... My first line should read. "I wouldn't buy any of those cars for the money"...