2009 BMW M3 vs. Its Competition

2008 BMW M3 Sedan

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

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 new Cadillac CTS-V, which might actually 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.

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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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2007 Cadillac CTS-V 2007 Cadillac CTS-V
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Quick Specs
It’s not cheap and it is kind of heavy, but the 2009 BMW M3 offers the kind of performance that brought Porsche 911s and Chevy Corvettes fame on the racetrack and on the streets.
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.
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Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V6Gas V8
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door SedanF 4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 6.3L AMG RWD4-Door Sedan
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
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