Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Porsche 911 VS 2016 BMW M4 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Porsche 911

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2016 BMW M4

Safety Comparison

The 911 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The M4 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the 911 and the M4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front parking sensors, available crash mitigating brakes and rearview cameras.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 911 first among midsize premium sporty cars in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The M4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The 911 GTS’ standard 3.8 DOHC 6 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (430 vs. 425) than the M4’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The 911 GT3’s standard 3.8 DOHC 6 cyl. produces 50 more horsepower (475 vs. 425) than the M4’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The 911 Turbo S’ standard 3.8 turbo 6 cyl. produces 135 more horsepower (560 vs. 425) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 406) than the M4’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the 911 S is faster than the BMW M4 (automatics tested):

911

M4

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

1.8 sec

2.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.2 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

12.1 sec

In a Motor Trend race course test, the Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe Carrera 4 was clocked 4.07 seconds faster than the BMW M4 Coupe (95.62 sec. vs. 99.69 sec.).

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The M4 doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 911 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the M4:

911

M4

RWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

GTS/Manual

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

M4/Manual

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

GTS/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

M4/Auto

AWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

GTS/Manual

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

GTS/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Turbo/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

Turbo S/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

On the EPA test cycle the 911 Cabriolet gets better fuel mileage than the M4:

911

M4

RWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

GTS/Manual

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

M4/Manual

Base/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

GTS/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

M4/Auto

AWD

Base/Manual

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

GTS/Manual

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

GTS/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

n/a

Turbo/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

Turbo S/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the 911’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The M4 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The 911 RWD/GT3’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the M4 (16.9 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 911 GT3’s optional fuel tank has 7.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the M4 (23.7 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The 911 stops much shorter than the M4:

911

M4

80 to 0 MPH

175 feet

193 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

135 feet

151 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the 911 GT3 RS’ tires are larger than the largest tires available on the M4 (F:265/35R20 & R:325/30R21 vs. F:255/40R18 & R:275/40R18).

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 M4’s standard 40 series tires. The 911’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the M4’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 M4. The 911 GT3 RS’ 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the M4.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 M4 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 911 S Coupe handles at 1 G, while the M4 Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 911 S Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the M4 Coupe (24.1 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 24.2 seconds @ .84 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 911 Turbo/GT3’s turning circle is 5.2 feet tighter than the M4’s (34.8 feet vs. 40 feet). The 911’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the M4’s (36.4 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche 911 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the BMW M4.

The 911 is 7.1 inches shorter than the M4, making the 911 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 M4 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 911 Coupe is quieter than the M4 Coupe:

911

M4

At idle

29 dB

48 dB

Full-Throttle

86 dB

87 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 911 easier. The 911’s trunk lift-over height is 24.3 inches, while the M4’s liftover is 26.2 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The 911’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The M4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 M4 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The 911’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The M4’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 911 offers an optional rear wiper. The M4 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Optional air conditioned seats in the 911 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The M4 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the 911 PDK offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The M4 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

The Porsche 911 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

911

M4

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Intellichoice

A “Best Value in Class”

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the 911 second among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The M4 isn’t in the top three.

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