Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Porsche 911 VS 2013 BMW M3 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Porsche 911

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2013 BMW M3

Safety Comparison

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The 911 offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The M3 doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The 911 offers optional ParkAssist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The M3 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the 911 and the M3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 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, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 10th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

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The 911 S’ standard 3.8 DOHC 6 cyl. produces 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 295) than the M3’s 4.0 DOHC V8. The 911 S’ optional 3.8 DOHC 6 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (430 vs. 414) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 295) than the M3’s 4.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Road & Track the 911 S is faster than the BMW M3 (automatics tested):

911

M3

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.4 sec

10 sec

Quarter Mile

11.8 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

118.4 MPH

112.4 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The M3 doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 911 gets better fuel mileage than the M3:

911

M3

RWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

Coupe

S/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

13 city/20 hwy

Convertible

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

S/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

AWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

Cabriolet/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

Cabriolet/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the 911’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The M3 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 911’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The M3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The 911 Carrera 4’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the M3 (18 vs. 16.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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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 M3 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The 911 stops much shorter than the M3:

911

M3

80 to 0 MPH

190 feet

205 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

94 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction and acceleration, the 911 has larger standard rear tires than the M3 (285/35R19 vs. 265/35R19). The 911’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the M3 (295/30R20 vs. 265/40R18).

The 911’s standard 285/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the M3’s standard 40 series tires. The 911’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the M3’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 911 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the M3. The 911’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the M3.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 911 offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The M3 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 911 S Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the M3 Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 911 S Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 3 MPH faster than the M3 Coupe (74.1 vs. 71.1 MPH).

The 911 S Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the M3 Coupe (24.1 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 25.1 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 911’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the M3’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche 911 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the BMW M3.

The 911 is shorter than the M3, making the 911 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

911

M3

Coupe

176.8 inches

181.8 inches

Convertible

176.8 inches

181.7 inches

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the 911 w/Sport Chrono (except w/o 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 M3 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The design of the Porsche 911 amounts to more than styling. The 911 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .29 to .31 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the M3 (.31 to .32). A more efficient exterior helps the 911 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 911 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Road & Track while under full throttle, the interior of the 911 S Coupe is quieter than the M3 Coupe (77 vs. 79 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 911’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The M3 Convertible’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

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 M3 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the 911 has a standard remote convertible top which can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The M3’s optional top can only be opened by remote, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

The M3’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The 911’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.)

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 911 offers an optional rear wiper. The M3 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 M3 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. Kiplinger’s estimates that the 911 will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the M3.

911

M3

Four Year

40% to 43%

37%

Two Year

56% to 60%

54% to 55%

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