Road Tests Real world tests of Gallardo vs M3 (E46)

0-60mph

Gallardo
4.7 s
The Gallardo is quick: it can get to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds and carry on to a top speed over 200 mph.
Gallardo | by The Car Connection (Aug, 2012)

Top speed

Gallardo
191 mph
M3 (E46) Coupe
155 mph
Top speed remains the same at 195 mph.
Gallardo | by www.insideline.com (Dec, 2012)

0-100mph

Gallardo
8.4 s
We recorded a 0-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds, 0.6 second better than the first Gallardo we tested [February 2004], with 0 to 100 mph coming in 7.9 seconds (versus 9.2) and the quarter-mile taking 11.7 seconds at 123 mph (versus 12.4 at 118).
Gallardo | by Car and Driver (Nov, 2007)

1/4 mile

Gallardo
12.3 s
A quarter-mile is gone in 11.2 seconds at 130 mph—you can count on one hand the street cars we’ve tested that are quicker than the LP560-4.
Gallardo | by Car and Driver (Feb, 2009)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Lamborghini Gallardo

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Faster top speed 191 mph vs 155 mph 36 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster in the quarter mile 12.3 s vs 13.5 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
More powerful engine 500 HP @ 7,800 RPM vs 343 HP @ 7,900 RPM More than 45% stronger engine
More torque 377 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM vs 269 ft-lb @ 4,900 RPM More than 40% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 4,961 cc vs 3,246 cc Around 55% bigger engine
Sticky cornering g 1.07 g vs 0.9 g Around 20% sticky cornering g
Faster to 60mph 4.7 s vs 5.1 s Around 10% faster to 60mph
Slightly more expensive sticker price $166k vs $46k More than 3.5x more expensive harder to own
Faster to 200kph 13 s vs 19.5 s Around 35% faster to 200kph
Lighter curb weight 3,153 lb vs 3,461 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
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TwinRev is not aware of any important advantages of the BMW M3 (E46) Coupe vs the Lamborghini Gallardo.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Gallardo  vs
M3 (E46) 
Brand Lamborghini BMW
Price 166,000 46,000
Year 2003-2008 2001-2007
Highway mileage 15 MPG 24 MPG

design

Body style Coupe Coupe

transmission

Drivetrain 4WD w/Viscous Traction System Rear wheel drive
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 2.56:1
2: 1.85:1
3: 1.42:1
4: 1.14:1
5: 0.94:1
6: 0.83:1
Axle ratio 3.08:1 3.62:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo 14.37 in Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo 13.19 in Disc Disc
Front wheels 235/35 19 457/? 203
Rear wheels 483/? 279 457/? 229

road tests

Gallardo  vs
M3 (E46) 
Top speed 191 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 12.3 s 13.5 s
0-60mph 4.7 s 5.1 s
0-100mph 8.4 s 11.7 s
0-200kph 13 s 19.5 s
Lateral acceleration 1.07 g 0.9 g

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.31 lb/hp 10.09 lb/hp
Maximum hp 500 HP @ 7,800 RPM 343 HP @ 7,900 RPM
Maximum torque 377 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM 269 ft-lb @ 4,900 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 4,961 cc 3,246 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11:1 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.25 in / 3.65 in 3.43 in / 3.58 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,153 lb 3,461 lb
Width 74.8 in 70.1 in
Height 45.9 in 54 in
Length 169.3 in 176.9 in
Front track width 63.9 in 59.4 in
Wheelbase 100.7 in 107.5 in
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