Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2010 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2010 BMW M3 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro

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2010 BMW M3

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Camaro’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The BMW M3 doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

Both the Camaro and the M3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the M3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 12 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The M3’s redline is at 8400 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Camaro has a 6000 to 7000 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 9th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

The Camaro SS Automatic’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 295) than the M3’s 4.0 DOHC V8. The Camaro SS Manual’s standard 6.2 LS2 V8 produces 12 more horsepower (426 vs. 414) and 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 295) than the M3’s 4.0 DOHC V8.

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Camaro’s engines produce their peak horsepower at lower RPM’s than the M3:

Horsepower

Camaro LS/LT 3.6 DOHC V6

6400 RPM

Camaro SS Automatic 6.2 V8

5900 RPM

Camaro SS Manual 6.2 LS2 V8

5900 RPM

M3 4.0 DOHC V8

8300 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Camaro SS gets better fuel mileage than the M3:

Camaro

M3

Manual

16 city/24 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

Auto

16 city/25 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro SS Automatic’s fuel efficiency. The M3 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Camaro SS for maximum performance). The M3 requires premium, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the M3 (19 vs. 16.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Camaro stops shorter than the M3:

Camaro

M3

80 to 0 MPH

200 feet

205 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the M3 (245/55R18 vs. 235/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro SS offers optional 21 inch wheels. The M3’s largest wheels are only 19 inches.

The Camaro LS/LT has a standard space-saver spare (not available on SS) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the M3, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the M3 (112.3 inches vs. 108.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 3.1 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the M3.

The Camaro SS handles at .92 G’s, while the M3 Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Camaro’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the M3’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road & Track while at idle, the interior of the Camaro SS is quieter than the M3 Coupe (51 vs. 53 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Camaro offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The M3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The M3 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

The M3’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Camaro’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

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