Okay, I’ll play along… Over at Jalopnik and Autoblog, they’ve got a poll and some comments regarding which one you guys would rather have.
So here goes: Jalopnik started this debate, and I shall continue to add to it.
The 2010 BMW M3 has a 4.0L V8 making 414hp and 295lb-ft of torque.
The 2011 Ford Mustang has a 5.0L V8 making 412hp and 390lb-ft of torque (does it really only make 412hp?)
Jalopnik reports that the M3 hauls to 60 mph in 4.3-seconds. That’s untrue… The E9x Series BMW M3 will do 0-60 in 4.1-seconds (caution: pdf file. Scroll down a little and look on the right).
Motor Trend recently tested the 2011 Mustang GT and made it to 60 in 4.4s. That’s a nice brisk time…
The BMW weighs in at 3,704lbs. While the Mustang weighs in at around 3,612lbs.
Jalopnik has the M3’s weight at 3,652lbs.
So which would you rather have? Well that’s the million dollar question, of course.
This is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever come across in my entire life. I know that sounds pretty stupid, but it really is. On one hand I have the BMW M3, the car I’ve driven so many times in my life, it’s just inherently the nearest thing to perfect in life.
BMW is my favorite car company, no doubt about it (I’ve had two BMW’s in my life: 1996 328iS & 2005 330i ZSP sedan). But then on the other hand, I’ve got the Ford Mustang GT 5.0. I currently own and drive a 2008 Bullitt Mustang, which I love oh so much! I’ve toyed with getting rid of her for an E90 M3, 2008 Porsche Cayman S or a 2009 Corvette. I just couldn’t do it. Money wasn’t really a concern, it was just the fact that I’m a die hard Steve McQueen fan. Sadly, though, he was more of a Porsche and Corvette fan, which kind of would make me not choosing one of those over my Mustang kind of funny.
I’m sure Steve would be a big fan of the M3 if he were alive today. It has the driving dynamics of a top-tier exotic supercar, but with a, relatively, normal fully loaded price tag of roughly $70K. Granted, fully loaded, a new Five-Oh! will set you back about $45,000. That’s enough savings to put a down payment on a brand new house. Or pay part of your current one off.
God, why do you give us such hard decisions to make?!
So to end this the best way: you can’t take away from either car. You can say the snobby bastards that buy the M3 tarnish the view and love of the BMW. And he’s also the guy who never lets anyone in and cuts everyone off because he’s so much better than you. But you go to the Mustang and see the redneck, jackass that just does burnouts and takes it to the drag strip. And the only reason he’d know how to turn the steering wheel is when he’s going left. He also tailgates you and revs his engine for you to either move faster or run off the dirt road so that he can pass you.
So each has their idiotic stereotypes. I’m a former BMW owner, but always a 100% enthusiast (just check out my writings and such at BMWBLOG.com). I’m a current Mustang owner and lover. I’ve fallen in love with Mustangs past and present because of my Bullitt. I’ve also turned from a GM fan to a diehard Ford man. If that doesn’t say something, nothing will.
It comes down to what they’ll do around the race track. Which is better for you? Which of these two marvelous cars makes you a better driver? Well, since you have no idea, why don’t you go find out before you start making your assumptions?