2011 BMW
M3
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
E63 AMG

2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

9.9

starting from

$90,175
"Stands tall among luxury cars as a tasteful and strong-performing entrant."
edmunds.com | talking about the E-Class's performance
"Delivers much satisfaction."
edmunds.com | talking about the E-Class's seating

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Quite powerful
518 HP @ 6,800 RPM
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Average range on the highway
422 miles
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Moon roof
Standard
2011 BMW M3

9.0

Runner-up

BMW M3

starting from

$58,075
"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 cornering ability
1 g
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Very inexpensive
$58,075
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Below average city fuel efficiency
14 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Winner: E63 AMG
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the E63 AMG; optional upgrade on the M3
  • The E63 AMG has 2 more airbags (including Rear Side, Knee), 7 vs 5
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Winner: E63 AMG
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the E63 AMG's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the E63 AMG's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the M3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Winner: E63 AMG
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the E63 AMG; no amount of money can buy it on the M3
  • The E63 AMG's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The E63 AMG has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 14 vs 10
Performance 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Winner: E63 AMG
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  • The E63 AMG's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The E63 AMG comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the M3
  • Around 30% more powerful, 518 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 414 HP @ 8,300 RPM
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 BMW M3 Winner: M3
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  • The best price we've seen is $32,100 cheaper (around 40% less), $58,075 vs $90,175
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 14 mpg vs 13 mpg
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • People mover
  • A standard folding rear seat on the E63 AMG is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the M3
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
  • Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
Overall 9.9 vs 9.0

Safety Features

Mercedes-Benz
E63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2011 BMW M3 BMW
M3
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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 7 vs 5 Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the E63 AMG is particularly good (including Rear Side, Knee)
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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 Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the E63 AMG; optional upgrade on the M3
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Roadside assistance system mbrace vs BMW Assist

Luxury Features

Mercedes-Benz
E63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2011 BMW M3 BMW
M3
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the E63 AMG's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the E63 AMG's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the M3
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Entertainment System

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E63 AMG
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M3
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Number of speakers 14 vs 10 Both have more speakers, but the E63 AMG in particular has a large number
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The E63 AMG'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 Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the E63 AMG's satellite radio; in the M3 , too, but it'll cost
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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 Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the E63 AMG; no amount of money can buy it on the M3

Performance

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E63 AMG
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2011 BMW M3 BMW
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Horsepower 518 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 414 HP @ 8,300 RPM Both the E63 AMG and M3 are quite powerful
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Number of gears 7 vs 6 The E63 AMG has more gears and the M3 is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the E63 AMG's semi-automatic transmission and the M3 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The E63 AMG comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the M3
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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 7.9 lb/hp vs 9.0 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 37.1 ft vs 38.4 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Cost

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E63 AMG
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2011 BMW M3 BMW
M3
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MSRP $90,175 vs $58,075 The M3 has a reasonable price, while the E63 AMG is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 13 mpg vs 14 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Fantastic basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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E63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2011 BMW M3 BMW
M3
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

Mercedes-Benz
E63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2011 BMW M3 BMW
M3
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 332 miles The E63 AMG has OK highway range, but the M3 is very limited
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Cargo space 15.9 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.4 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the E63 AMG is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the M3
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The E63 AMG'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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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E63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2011 BMW M3 BMW
M3
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0-60 mph 4.1 seconds vs 4.2 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 108 ft vs 107 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 12.5 s @ 114 mph vs 12.6 s @ 113 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.95 g vs 1 g The M3 has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average E63 AMG
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Top speed Unknown vs 155 mph

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