2011 BMW
M3
vs. 2011 Chevrolet
Camaro SS

2011 BMW M3

9.8

Winner

BMW M3

starting from

$70,125
"The car was fine in the Comfort setting -- I felt bumps in the road and large potholes, but overall the ride was very good given the rough conditions of Chicago's roads. The stiffer Normal setting was just too firm, both on city streets and on the highway."
chicagotribune.com | talking about the M3's ride quality
"One of the few truly awesome cars I've driven, the M3 nails both the sport and the comfort ends of the spectrum."
chicagotribune.com | talking about the M3's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the BMW M3

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Good braking distance from 60mph
107 ft
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Good cornering ability
1 g
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
12.6 s s @ 113.4 mph mph
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Fast 0-60 time
4.2 seconds
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS

9.4

starting from

$31,920

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Camaro SS

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Average range in the city
304 miles
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Good range on the highway
456 miles
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Average top speed
160 mph
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Average highway fuel efficiency
24 mpg
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 BMW M3 Winner: M3
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  • The M3 needs around 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 107 ft vs 129 ft
  • The M3 can change direction around 10% faster, 1 g vs 0.92 g
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 12.6 s s @ 113.4 mph mph vs 13.6 s s @ 108.0 mph mph
Safety Features 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Winner: Camaro SS
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  • The Camaro SS has 2 more airbags (including Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain), 5 vs 3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 BMW M3 Winner: M3
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  • Almost the same
  • The M3 has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 BMW M3 Winner: M3
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the M3
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Winner: Camaro SS
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 16 mpg vs 13 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $38,205 cheaper (2.2x less), $31,920 vs $70,125
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Fairly powerful
  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Road Tests

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M3
2011 BMW M3
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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0-60 mph 4.2 seconds vs 5.1 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 107 ft vs 129 ft The M3 has above average braking ability, but the Camaro SS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 12.6 s s @ 113.4 mph mph vs 13.6 s s @ 108.0 mph mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 1 g vs 0.92 g The M3 has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Camaro SS
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Top speed 155 mph vs 160 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Safety Features

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M3
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2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 3 vs 5 The Camaro SS has a good number of airbags, but the M3 does not (missing Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system BMW Assist vs OnStar

Entertainment System

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M3
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Camaro SS
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The M3 has more speakers, but the Camaro SS has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Camaro SS's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the M3 does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the M3 , you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

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M3
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Camaro SS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the M3

Cost

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M3
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MSRP $70,125 vs $31,920 The Camaro SS has a great price and the M3 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 13 mpg vs 16 mpg The Camaro SS has OK city mileage, while the M3 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The M3 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Camaro SS's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The M3 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Camaro SS's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

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M3
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2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 5 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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M3
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2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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Horsepower 414 HP @ 8,300 RPM vs 426 HP @ 5,900 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 10.0 lb/hp vs 9.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.4 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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M3
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Camaro SS
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 332 miles vs 456 miles The Camaro SS has great highway range, but the M3 is very limited
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Cargo space 9.0 ft3 vs 11.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.1 ft3 vs 52.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The Camaro SS's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the M3
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The M3 offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Camaro SS
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Cupholders Unknown vs 2
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Camaro SS vs Charger R/T
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2012 Ford Mustang GT Camaro SS vs Mustang GT
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Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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bb (5:31 AM, July 31, 2014)
Seriously? Cost is 9.8 v 10.0. The bmw is almost twice the cost and doesn't come close to doubling the camaro any way. Have fun paying for a name.