The new BMW M3 proves that while SUVs and crossovers are all the rage nowadays, high-performance sports sedans remain very desirable and can be a joy to drive.
Eager to see how the new M3 Competition fares against an Audi RS5 Sportback and a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, CarWow gathered the trio together for a series of tests. Interestingly, it didn’t bring along the outgoing generation of C63 and instead tested the W204-generation model in flagship Black Series guise that was introduced a decade ago.
In the quarter-mile, the much more modern M3 and RS5 are able to put their power down better than the Mercedes and ultimately, the BMW sets the best time with 11.6 seconds compared to the 11.9 seconds for the Audi and 12.1 seconds for the Mercedes. Given the age of the C63, we think that’s a very impressive time.
However, with a look at the spec sheet, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the C63 Black Series performed so close to its newer rivals. It features a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 pumping out 510 hp and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque. By comparison, the M3 Competition delivers 503 hp and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) through its 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder while the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 of the RS5 Sportback is good for 444 hp and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm).
Both a rolling race and a braking test were performed next and the results may surprise you.