Road Tests Real world tests of BMW M6 vs M3

0-60mph

BMW M6
4.5 s

Top speed

BMW M6
155 mph
M3 (E92) Coupe
161 mph

0-100mph

BMW M6
9.5 s

1/4 mile

BMW M6
13 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of BMW M6

Reasons to consider the
BMW M6

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Way more expensive sticker price $105k vs $60k 75% more expensive harder to own
More torque 385 ft-lb @ 6,100 RPM vs 295 ft-lb @ 3,900 RPM More than 30% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM vs 420 HP @ 8,300 RPM Around 20% stronger engine
Bigger engine 5,000 cc vs 3,999 cc More than 25% bigger engine
Front view of BMW M3

Reasons to consider the
BMW M3 (E92) Coupe

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Faster in the quarter mile 12.5 s vs 13 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 161 mph vs 155 mph 6 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Lighter curb weight 3,649 lb vs 4,246 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

BMW M6  vs
M3 
Brand BMW BMW
Price 105,095 59,625
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2007-2010 2008
City mileage 18 MPG 14 MPG
Highway mileage 12 MPG 20 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.49 lb/hp 8.69 lb/hp
Maximum hp 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM 420 HP @ 8,300 RPM
Maximum torque 385 ft-lb @ 6,100 RPM 295 ft-lb @ 3,900 RPM
Max RPM 8,250 RPM 8,400 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,000 cc 3,999 cc
Cylinders V10 V8
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Bore/stroke 3.62 in / 2.96 in 3.62 in / 2.96 in
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

BMW M6  vs
M3 
Top speed 155 mph 161 mph
1/4 mile 13 s 12.5 s
0-60mph 4.5 s 4.4 s
0-100mph 9.5 s 10 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD w/DSC, M Differential Lock RWD w/M Differential Lock
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.98:1
2: 2.65:1
3: 1.81:1
4: 1.39:1
5: 1.16:1
6: 1:1
7: 0.83:1
Axle ratio 3.62:1 3.85:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 483/? 216 457/? 215
Rear wheels 483/? 241 457/? 241

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,246 lb 3,649 lb
Width 73 in 71.5 in
Height 54.2 in 55.8 in
Length 191.8 in 181.7 in
Front track width 61.7 in 60.6 in
Wheelbase 109.5 in 108.7 in
BMW M6
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BMW M3 (E92) Coupe
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