Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan vs. BMW M3 Sedan Front Three-Quarter - Comparison #1

Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan vs. BMW M3 Sedan
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C 63 AMG versus M3 Sedan

Perhaps no other segment better expresses decades-long battle between the BMW M and Mercedes-AMG than the small luxury sedan/coupe segment. For the 2016 model year US customers get to choose between brand new C 63 AMG from Mercedes-Benz and an updated BMW M3.

BMW's age is more evident when we look at the spec numbers. Base C 63 AMG has 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, which is significantly higher than 425 hp and 406 lb-ft you'd get from the M3. Reason for such dissemblance comes from Benz's larger engine, a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo, and when tuned properly it manages to produce 34 more hp and 37 lb-ft of torque more than the standard C 63 and comes under C 63 S badge.

Both sport sedans are offered with rear wheel drive system and have 7-speed automatic transmissions. On the paper C 63 is one tenth of a second faster than M3's 0-60 mph sprint time.

BMW M3 is about an inch wider - not counting the mirrors - and four inches shorter than the Benz, and both vehicles having approximate the same height. Narrower body of C 63 AMG expresses more inside the cabin where front seats get three inches less head room, which is rather disappointing considering the freshness of the car.

The non-S version of C63 AMG starts from $65,250, and you can get an S version from $73,250, which are at least $1750 more than M3 Sedan's $63,500 msrp.

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Specification Comparison

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2016 BMW M3
Configuration
Trim
  • AMG C63 S Sedan
  • AMG C63 Sedan
Base Sedan
Price
MSRP$65,250 - $73,250$63,500
Powertrain
Engine4.0L V-8 Twin-Turbo3.0L Inline-6 Twin-Turbo
Power469 - 503 hp425 hp
Torque479 - 516 lb-ft406 lb-ft
Transmission7-Speed Automatic7-Speed Automatic
DrivetrainRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Performance
0 to 60 mph3.9 - 4.0 sec4.1 sec
Fuel Consumption
MPG (City / Comb. / Hw.)18 / 20 / 25 17 / 20 / 26
Tank Capacity18.0 gal15.8 gal
Exterior Dimensions
Width79.0 in80.2 in
Width w/o Mirrors72.4 in73.9 in
Length187.0 in183.9 in
Height56.5 in56.3 in
Min. Ride Height-4.7 in
Wheelbase111.8 in110.7 in
Interior Dimensions
First Row Leg Room41.7 in42.0 in
First Row Head Room37.1 in40.3 in
First Row Shoulder Room-57.1 in
Second Row Leg Room35.2 in35.1 in
Second Row Head Room37.1 in37.7 in
Second Row Shoulder Room-57.4 in

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