BMW M3 vs Mercedes-AMG C63

The latest versions of the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 feature downsized engines yet are more powerful than ever. So, which is the best sports saloon?...

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What Car? team
08 February 2016

BMW M3 vs Mercedes-AMG C63

Our verdict

If you’re in the market for the fastest and most capable saloon out there, you should opt for the BMW M3. It outperforms the Mercedes-AMG C63, both in a straight line and around corners.

That said, it’s only when driven to its limits that the M3 really comes alive. If you’re looking for something a little more laid-back and charismatic, then you may find the C63 the more appealing of these two rampant saloons.

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1st – BMW M3 DCT

BMW M3 vs Mercedes-AMG C63

For Incredible performance; smart interior; masses of grip

Against Intrusive road noise; unpleasant engine note

Verdict Devastatingly quick and capable, albeit hardcore in its nature

2nd – Mercedes-AMG C63

BMW M3 vs Mercedes-AMG C63

For Lots of kit; muscular engine; satisfying noise; easy to drive

Against Unremarkable handling; fiddly infotainment system

Verdict A theatrical high-performance saloon that's easy to live with

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Specifications: BMW M3

Engine size 3.0-litre turbo petrol

List price £59,850

Target Price £54,764

Power 425bhp

Torque 406lb ft

0-60mph 4.3sec

Top speed 156mph

Fuel economy 34.0mpg

CO2 emissions 194g/km

Specifications: Mercedes-AMG C63

Engine size 4.0-litre turbo petrol

List price £61,480

Target Price £56,693

Power 469bhp

Torque 479lb ft

0-60mph 4.3sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 34.5mpg

CO2 emissions 192g/km