2010 BMW
M6
vs. 2011 BMW
M3

2011 BMW M3

9.8

Winner

BMW M3

starting from

$61,075
"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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Has auxiliary audio input
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Very inexpensive
$61,075
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Average number of airbags
5
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Cramped back seats
37.2 ft3
2010 BMW M6

9.2

Runner-up

BMW M6

starting from

$106,225

Reasons to buy the BMW M6

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Quite powerful
500 HP @ 7,750 RPM
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More gears
7
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Navigation system
Standard
Cost 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 BMW M3 Winner: M3
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  • The best price we've seen is $45,150 cheaper (more than 40% less), $61,075 vs $106,225
  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 14 mpg vs 11 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 BMW M3 Winner: M3
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  • The M3 's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2010 BMW M6 Winner: M6
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  • The M6 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the M3
  • More than 20% more powerful, 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM vs 414 HP @ 8,300 RPM
  • The M6 has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 7 vs 6
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 BMW M3 Winner: M3
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  • The M3 has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2010 BMW M6 Winner: M6
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the M6 's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the M3
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Few seats
  • Very limited highway range
  • Neither offers power outlets
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Cost

BMW
M3
2011 BMW M3
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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MSRP $61,075 vs $106,225 The M3 has a reasonable price, while the M6 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 14 mpg vs 11 mpg The M3 has OK city mileage, while the M6 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Entertainment System

BMW
M3
2011 BMW M3
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Number of speakers 10 vs 13 The M6 has more speakers and the M3 is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the M6 's satellite radio; in the M3 , too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The M3 can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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

Performance

BMW
M3
2011 BMW M3
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Horsepower 414 HP @ 8,300 RPM vs 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM Both the M6 and M3 are quite powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The M6 has more gears and the M3 is OK, too
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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 Standard The M6 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 8.9 lb/hp vs 7.8 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 41.0 ft The M3 is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the M6 is quite bad

Safety Features

BMW
M3
2011 BMW M3
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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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 5 vs 4 The M3 has an OK number of airbags while the M6 has very few (missing 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 BMW Assist

Luxury Features

BMW
M3
2011 BMW M3
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M6
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Optional vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the M6 '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

Crash Test Ratings

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M3
2011 BMW M3
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M6
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Rollover resistance Unknown 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

BMW
M3
2011 BMW M3
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Few seats
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Highway driving range 332 miles vs 315 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 11.0 ft3 vs 13.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.4 ft3 vs 51.5 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The M3 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the M6
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power outlets Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The M6 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the M3
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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

Road Tests

BMW
M3
2011 BMW M3
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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0-60 mph 4.2 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 107 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 12.6 s @ 113 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 1 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2010 BMW M6 2011 Maserati GranTurismo S M6 vs GranTurismo S
2010 BMW M6 2012 Audi R8 GT M6 vs R8 GT
2010 BMW M6 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG M6 vs SLS AMG
2010 BMW M6 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S M6 vs 911 Carrera S
2011 BMW M3 2011 Audi S4 M3 vs S4
2011 BMW M3 2011 Porsche Cayman S M3 vs Cayman S
2011 BMW M3 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S M3 vs 911 Carrera S
2011 BMW M3 2011 Porsche Boxster S M3 vs Boxster S
2011 BMW M3 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI M3 vs Impreza WRX STI

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