2008 BMW M3 vs. Its Competition

2008 BMW 3-Series M3
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Though the BMW M3's reputation brings a legion of fans with it, the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG may actually be faster, though like the Audi RS4, it comes only as a four-door sedan.

The Audi supersedan also offers standard all-wheel drive, but it's slower and its price tag is nearly $10,000 higher than that on the BMW M3 or the Benz C63.

Lexus's IS-F is a new entrant in this battle; its 416-hp V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission give it a technical edge on the M3 and the others, but loyalty counts in this crowd.

2008 BMW 3-Series M32008 BMW M3
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2008 Audi RS 4 2008 Audi RS 4
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2008 Lexus IS F 2008 Lexus IS F
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2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
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Quick Specs
The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
The 2008 Audi RS4 sedan and cabriolet bring rocketlike power and price tags to the otherwise humble A4 lineup.
The 2008 Lexus IS-F challenges the best from Germany, bringing 168-mph capability with an uber-high pricetag to boot.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sports a fluid ride, spot-on handling, and shrieking power to make it the most accomplished C-Class ever built.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
N/AGas V8Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class   
Style Name   
N/A4-Door SedanF 4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 6.3L AMG RWD
N/AAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
N/A4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
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