Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Porsche 944 Turbo S

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 944 Turbo S

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Faster top speed 163 mph vs 155 mph 8 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Lighter curb weight 3,093 lb vs 3,461 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Default view of BMW M3 (E46)

Reasons to consider the
BMW M3 (E46) Coupe

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Faster to 100mph 11.7 s vs 14.1 s More than 15% faster to 100mph
Faster in the quarter mile 13.5 s vs 14.2 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
More powerful engine 343 HP @ 7,900 RPM vs 247 HP @ 6,000 RPM Around 40% stronger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 10.09 lb/hp vs 12.52 lb/hp Around 20% better power-to-weight ratio
A lot faster to 200kph 19.5 s vs 25 s More than 20% faster to 200kph
Bigger engine 3,246 cc vs 2,500 cc Around 30% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

944 Turbo S  vs
M3 (E46) 
Brand Porsche BMW
Price 47,432 46,000
Year 1988 2001-2007

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 12.52 lb/hp 10.09 lb/hp
Maximum hp 247 HP @ 6,000 RPM 343 HP @ 7,900 RPM
Maximum torque 259 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 269 ft-lb @ 4,900 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system rack&pinionPAS Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,500 cc 3,246 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8:1 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.94 in / 3.11 in 3.43 in / 3.58 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,093 lb 3,461 lb
Width 68.3 in 70.1 in
Height 50.2 in 54 in
Length 168.8 in 176.9 in
Front track width 58.2 in 59.4 in
Wheelbase 94.5 in 107.5 in

road tests

944 Turbo S  vs
M3 (E46) 
Top speed 163 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 14.2 s 13.5 s
0-60mph 5.5 s 5.1 s
0-100mph 14.1 s 11.7 s
0-200kph 25 s 19.5 s

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD Rear wheel drive
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6
Axle ratio 3.38:1 3.62:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.97 in Disc Disc
Rear brakes 11.77 in Disc Disc
Front wheels 406/? 178 457/? 203
Rear wheels 406/? 229 457/? 229
Porsche 944 Turbo S
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