Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW M3 VS 2017 Lexus GS Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW M3

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2017 Lexus GS

Safety Comparison

The M3 offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GS F only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the M3 and the GS F have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

The M3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the GS F’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M3 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the GS F.

There are over 43 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the M3’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the M3 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the M3’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GS F’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 7th.

Engine Comparison

The M3’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 389) than the GS F’s 5.0 DOHC V8. The M3 Competition Package’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 389) than the GS F’s 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW M3 3.0 is faster than the Lexus GS F (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.1 sec

12.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117.8 MPH

112.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the M3 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the GS F (17 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M3’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 GS F doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the M3’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GS F:





Front Rotors

15 inches

15.8 inches

14.9 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

15 inches

13.5 inches

The M3 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 GS F doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The M3 stops much shorter than the GS F:





60 to 0 MPH

99 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the M3 Competition Package’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GS F (F:265/30R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19).

The M3 Competition Package’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GS F’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M3 Competition Package has standard 20-inch wheels. The GS F’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the M3 is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the GS F.

The M3’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.6% to 48.4%) than the GS F’s (53% to 47%). This gives the M3 more stable handling and braking.

The M3 handles at 1.01 G’s, while the GS F pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The BMW M3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Lexus GS F.

The M3 is 9 inches shorter than the GS F, making the M3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The M3 has 5.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GS F (96.2 vs. 90.8).

The M3 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and 2.3 inches more rear legroom than the GS F.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the M3 easier. The M3’s trunk lift-over height is 26 inches, while the GS F’s liftover is 27.4 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the M3’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The GS F’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The M3’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GS F doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the M3’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GS F doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the M3 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the GS F can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M3 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The GS F doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Both the M3 and the GS F have standard heated front seats. The M3 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GS F.

On extremely cold Winter days, the M3’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GS F doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The M3’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The GS F doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW M3 will be $30845 less than for the Lexus GS F.

Recommendations Comparison

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 20 of the last 23 years. The GS F has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 13 of the last 21 years. The GS F has never been an “All Star.”

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