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M3 suffers embarrassment at the hands of the Mustang GT

2010-08-23

On-track tests reveal several issues for the M3, including a bout of understeer. While the M3 does post a tenth better lap time, the $25k difference is a problem. Nonetheless, as Motor Trend says, a win is a win.

Now imagine what the Mustang would do if it didn’t have the antiquated ox-cart axle. A modern IRS with anti-dive geometry and less unsprung weight would do wonders.

Yes, there is always the Boss 302. But then the BMW has a track model available, too.

2011 Ford Mustang GT 2011 BMW M3 Speed Trace

2011 Ford Mustang GT 2011 BMW M3 Instantaneous Distance

And, saved here for posterity, are the specs of each car from Motor Trend. Note that the Mustang has essentially the same HP, and almost 100 lb-ft more torque. What should be an advantage (more torque, wider track) doesn’t yield as much as it should – again, the antique suspension is getting in the way, making for a nose heavy and light tail weight distribution. And, it  can’t support the rear Brembos that the S197 development car with IRS was designed for.

 

 

  2011 BMW M3 Coupe 2011 Ford Mustang GT
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front engine, RWD Front engine, RWD
ENGINE TYPE 90-deg V-8, aluminum block/heads 90-deg V-8, aluminum block/heads
VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 244.0 cu in/3999 cc 302.1 cu in/4951 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.0:1 11.0:1
POWER (SAE NET) 414 hp @ 8300 rpm 412 hp @ 6500 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 295 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm 390 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
REDLINE 8300 rpm 6800 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 8.6 lb/hp 8.8 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.85:1/3.36:1 3.73:1/2.42:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar;live axle, coil springs,anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 12.5:1 15.8:1
TURNS, LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.8 2.7
BRAKES, F;R 14.2-in vented disc;13.8-in vented disc, ABS 14.0-in vented disc; 11.8-in vented disc, ABS
WHEELS, F;R 9.0 x 19 in; 10.0 x 19 in,cast aluminum 9.0 x 19 in,cast aluminum
TIRES, F;R 245/35ZR19 93Y; 265/35ZR19 98Y
ContinentalContiSportContact3
255/40R19; 255/40R19 Pirelli PZero
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE 108.7 in 107.1 in
TRACK, F/R 60.6/60.6 in 62.3/62.9 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 181.8 x 71.0 x 55.8 in 188.1 x 73.9 x 55.8 in
TURNING CIRCLE 38.4 ft 36.7 ft
CURB WEIGHT 3544 lb 3616 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 51/49% 55/45%
SEATING CAPACITY 4 4
HEADROOM, F/R 38.4/36.8 in 38.5/34.7 in
LEGROOM, F/R 41.8/33.7 in 42.4/29.8 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 55.3/51.9 in 55.3/51.6 in
CARGO VOLUME 11.0 cu ft 13.4 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 1.7 sec 1.7 sec
0-40 2.4 2.6
0-50 3.4 3.3
0-60 4.4 4.4
0-70 5.6 5.5
0-80 7.1 6.8
0-90 8.7 8.4
0-100 10.3 10.1
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 1.9 2.1
QUARTER MILE 12.8 sec @ 110.9 mph 12.7 sec @ 111.6 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 110 ft 108 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.95 g (avg) 0.96 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.1 sec @ 0.74 g (avg) 24.9 sec @ 0.76 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 2500 rpm 1950 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
BASE PRICE $60,575 $30,495
PRICE AS TESTED $67,025 $40,275
TRUE CAR TRUEVALUE PRICE* $64,341 $32,585
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/yes Yes/yes
AIRBAGS Dual front, front side, f/r curtain Dual front, front side
BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/unlimited miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
FUEL CAPACITY 16.6 gal 16.0 gal
EPA CITY/HWY ECON 14/20 mpg 17/26 mpg
CO2 EMISSIONS 1.20 lb/mile 0.96 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium

 

Read more: Motor Trend: Ford Mustang GT vs BMW M3 Comparison

And now the video, complete with Motor Trend’s own irritating ads:

 

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