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2011 BMW M3 vs. Its Competition

 
2011 BMW M3 performance package
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Loyalty counts heavily in this crowd, and the BMW M3's reputation brings a legion of fans.

This is a hotly contested field, and each of the three rivals has also been completely redesigned in the past year or two.

Lexus's IS-F has a 416-hp V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, which gives it a technical edge on the M3.

Then there's the Cadillac CTS-V, which might be the most fun to drive of these sedans, with especially communicative steering and great body control at the limits.

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG may be faster, but it doesn't have the same frisky feel of the Cadillac or Lexus.

The newest generation of the Audi S4 manages to undercut all these vehicles on price, while cruising alongside them, thanks to a 333-hp supercharged V-6, but like the M3, it's better savored minus the electronic add-ons to its suspension and steering.

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Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success.
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The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V packs the Corvette ZR1's powertrain, and much of its excitement, into fashionable Coupe, Sedan, or Sport Wagon variants that are track-ready but day-to-day comfortable.
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MSRP From    
$55,900$47,100$62,360$60,660N/A
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas supercharged V6Supercharged Gas V8Gas V8N/A
EPA Class    
CompactCompactSmall Station WagonSub-CompactN/A
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus5-Door Wagon 6.2L4-Door SedanN/A
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll-wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity    
5554N/A
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn5 Door Wagon4 Door SedanN/A
Transmission    
ManualManualManual w/ODAutomaticN/A
 
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