Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2010 Porsche 911 VS 2010 BMW 3 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2010 Porsche 911

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2010 BMW 3

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche 911 Coupe are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Coupe doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the 911 and the 3 Series Coupe 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.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in initial quality. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 15th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

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The 911 has more powerful engines than the 3 Series Coupe:

Horsepower

Torque

911 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

345 HP

288 lbs.-ft.

911 S 3.8 DOHC 6 cyl.

385 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

911 GT3 3.6 GT3 6 cyl.

435 HP

317 lbs.-ft.

911 Turbo 3.8 turbo 6 cyl.

500 HP

480 lbs.-ft.

911 GT2 Coupe 3.6 turbo 6 cyl.

530 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

328i Coupe 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl.

230 HP

200 lbs.-ft.

335i Coupe 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Porsche 911 is faster than the 335i Coupe (manual transmissions tested):

911

911 S

3 Series Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

4.1 sec

4 sec

4.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.9 sec

9.5 sec

12.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12.5 sec

12.5 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113 MPH

113 MPH

105 MPH

Top Speed

178 MPH

n/a

144 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The 3 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 911 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the 3 Series Coupe AWD:

911

3 Series Coupe

AWD

3.6 6 cyl./Manual

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

328i

3.8 6 cyl./Manual

18 city/25 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

335i

3.6 6 cyl./Auto

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

328i

3.8 6 cyl./Auto

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

335i

The 911 GT2’s standard fuel tank has 7.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Coupe (23.8 vs. 16.1 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the 911’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 3 Series Coupe:

911

911 Turbo/GT3/GT2

328i Coupe

335i Coupe

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.96 inches

12.3 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.78 inches

11.8 inches

13.2 inches

The 911’s standard brakes have 37% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the 328i Coupe (634 vs. 464 square inches), so the 911 has more braking power available. The 911 Turbo/GT3/GT2’s brakes have 59% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the 335i Coupe (740 vs. 464 square inches), so the 911 Turbo/GT3/GT2 has more braking power available.

The 911 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The 3 Series Coupe doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The 911 stops much shorter than the 3 Series Coupe:

911

3 Series Coupe

80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

205 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

145 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

98 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the 911 has larger standard tires than the 3 Series Coupe (F:235/40R18 & R:265/40R18 vs. 225/45R17). The 911 Carrera 4 Turbo/GT3’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Coupe (F:235/35R19 & R:305/30R19 vs. F:225/40R18 & R:255/35R18).

The 911’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 328i Coupe’s standard 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 911 has standard 18 inch wheels. Smaller 17 inch wheels are standard on the 328i Coupe.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 911 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 3 Series Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The 911 GT2 Coupe handles at 1.10 G’s, while the 335i Coupe pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 911 GT2 Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 9.5 MPH faster than the 335i Coupe (75.9 vs. 66.4 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the 911’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the 3 Series Coupe’s (36 feet vs. 36.1 feet). The 911’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the 3 Series Coupe xDrive’s (36 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche 911 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 300 pounds less than the BMW 3 Series Coupe.

The 911 is 5.5 inches shorter than the 3 Series Coupe, making the 911 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The 911 is 5.5 inches shorter than the 3 Series Coupe.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the 911 Sport Chrono has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The 3 Series Coupe uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 911 Coupe has a larger trunk than the 3 Series Coupe (11.7 vs. 11.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The 911’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 3 Series Coupe has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 911 offers an optional rear wiper. The 3 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The 911’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The 3 Series Coupe doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The 911 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that the 911 will retain 47.65% to 55.74% of its original price after five years, while the 3 Series Coupe only retains 44.17% to 45.67%.

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