• Aug 24, 2010
2011 Ford Mustang vs 2010 BMW M3 – Click above to watch video after the jump

Ask and ye shall receive. Well, not always. We could probably ask to borrow a 2010 BMW M3, a 2011 Ford Mustang GT and private access to both a drag strip and a road course until our faces turned blue, but that doesn't mean we'd get any of the four anytime soon. Fortunately, that's not the case with the goons at Motor Trend. They've set about answering the question on everyone's mind once the specs for these two mighty coupes turned out to be so similar – who's top dog?

In classic MT fashion, the two cars were put through all of the necessary paces to drum up semi-official figures. Both the bad Bavarian and the muscle-bound Blue Oval were tested on 0-60, quarter mile, skid pad, figure eight and lap times, and the results are, well, they're surprising. We won't ruin the surprise by telling you who comes out ahead of the curve, but we will say that we know where we'd put our money if it were our name on the line. Hit the jump for the flicks. Thanks for the tips, everyone!

[Source: Motor Trend]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      The M3 is such a great car, and now the Mustang is a true competitor? This is the kind of world I like to live in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Back in the e46 M3 days, that was the car to beat. I don't know about you, but this new M3 didn't ever really excite me and I certainly don't think it's the best in it's price range.

      That said, this is the first Mustang in a long time that I would seriously consider buying. Hats off to Ford for doing an incredible job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A long time Mustang lover, I couldn't be more pleased with FORDS continued emphasis on constantly improving thier offerings, the Mustang in particular.This goes to show all of us what can happen in American companies when there is focus on the product,quality,and vision. When the Mustangs engineers looked ahead,somebody very smart decided to aim for world class performance at main street pricing. This is revolutionary.

      I'll take mine with a huge grin and leave the retirement money in the USA and not shipped off to Germany.BMW makes a great line of cars but not at this huge difference in cost.If FORD can send the designers back to upgrade the interior to world class,there will be a stampede.


        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not the designers they need to send back, but the cost cutters. Designers would want nothing more than to swath the entire interior in soft materials and leather and suede, but the car also has to come in at a certain price point with all its performance goodies intact. Gotta cut somewhere. If you want it to cost as much as an M3 then sure, it will have a better interior to match.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Strange that you say you're a Ford fan and yet your name is LexusAllen. So did you end up buying a Lexus anyway, despite you being a Ford fan?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was suprised to see that the mustang's transmission is made in china. I think it is great to see Ford coming along but they are not really an american company to me anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i laughed when the racer said the mustang is better than the camaro (my friend just got one, now he's pissed he didn't wait for the 5.0 mustang)
      • 4 Years Ago
      i am not a ford or will ever be one, but this mustang does impress me, finally, it took them a long time to get it right but they did it, except for one thing solid rear axle they have got to get rid of that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        . . . you notice that GM wouldn't dare pit the new Camaro on the track with the M3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the LRA was such a problem, then why did the '11 GT500 beat the Audi R8 5.2 by 8 seconds around the track?

        Take a look at the comments on this article then count how many times someone has complained about the LRA in the Mustang. I expect you to feel quite stupid afterwards.
      miller
      • 4 Years Ago
      For the price of the BMW, you could buy the Mustang, trick it out for weekends and still buy a brand new Focus to get to work with.
      • 4 Years Ago
      damn i'd hate to see what the boss will do to the m3 around the track, should be a slaughter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also, did the Mustang seriously burn a little rubber when shifting into SIXTH gear?!? That's some insane torque.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, that is bad driving technique.
        The driver is on, or still on, the power before the clutch is closed. It is possible the clutch delay valve is tuned to protect the two piece driveshaft.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He chirped third.

        Many vehicles can do that, but still awesome!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      GO USA!! Any competion is a good thing, now BMW has to push the limits and other car companies need to up the ante , its great ty Ford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go Ford, but I don't think you should say go USA on this one. These companies have all become global companies due to government regulations and being able to take advantage of cheap labor overseas. I think it is sad that the transmission for the GT is not made here in America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whatever, The Mustang is really cheap looking Toy car, it ugly as hell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And you drive what again?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Yakizakana, I like your name as it means "fried fish" in Japanese which is pretty random. It's also fitting because you are indeed fried, judging from the content of your comments and your voter rating bar.
      bill
      • 4 Years Ago
      your right on,miller!
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