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BMW M3 vs Porsche Macan Turbo

The BMW M3 and Macan Turbo might appear different, but both offer five seats and serious performance. Quality and equipment count, too, but the one that makes us grin more is likely to win.

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Our verdict

Physics wins. The BMW feels like a standalone sports car that’s far advanced over other 3 Series models and still easy to live with, even though it’s the more tiring of the two over long distances.

Extraordinary is a good word to describe the Macan, but its bigger mass and higher centre of gravity mean that it isn’t quite as thrilling as the M3. It’s fast, fun and refined, but it feels more like a derivative of other equally sublime and better-value Macan models. It’s also a shame that you have to pay extra for some equipment that should come as standard.

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1st – BMW M3 M DCT

For Blistering pace; masses of grip

Against Road noise; synthesised exhaust note

Verdict Not flawless, but the best fast four-door sports car at this price

Rated 5 out of 5

Read the full BMW M3 review


2nd – Porsche Macan Turbo

For Pace; grippy handling; very refined

Against Not as fun as the M3, nor as well equipped

Verdict Thrilling, fast and easy to live with, but falls short of the M3’s handling

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specification: BMW M3 M DCT

Engine size 3.0-litre, 6cyl, twin-turbo

List price Β£58,685

Target Price Β£58,685

Power 425bhp

Torque 406lb ft

0-60mph 4.0 sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 27.6mpg

CO2 emissions 194g/km


Specification: Porsche Macan Turbo

Engine size 3.6-litre, V6, twin-turbo

List price Β£59,300

Target Price Β£59,300

Power 394bhp

Torque 406lb ft

0-62mph 4.3sec

Top speed 165mph

Fuel economy 23.4mpg

CO2 emissions 208g/km

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What Car? SaysRated 5 out of 5
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One of the best four-door sports saloons you can buy. It's quite frenetic, though, and only really comes alive when driven hard.