Autobild recently set out to settle the question of which M vehicle is the fastest in the BMW stable at the moment. Not surprisingly, the German enthusiast publication found the BMW M3 CRT to be the quickest around the Sachsenring, setting the magazine's fastest time around the track with a 1:38.37 minute lap time. That's impressive, but not nearly as astounding as the time drummed up by the new BMW M5. The portly sedan did the same deed in 1:38.90, or just three hundredths of a second slower than the special-edition M3.

And what of the sibling rivalry between the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the standard M3? As it turns out, the magazine's shoes have given the nod to the smaller of the two coupes. The 1 Series M Coupe barely eked out a win over the M3, though the M3 Convertible took nearly two extra seconds to make it around the course than its hardtop twin.


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      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      To help with the confusion, starting with the fastest and working down: M3 CRT M5 1M M3 M3 convertible
      Aaron Curry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Note the M5 was driven by a professional driver, while the 1M and M3 were not.
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Aaron Curry
        Also remember the heavier the car, the quicker it'll chew through tires/pads/suspension/everythings
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      The difference in times seems to be .53, just over 1/2 a second. Unless the 1.38.37 was a typo. In any case, proofreading is still a lost art here at Autoblog. Here's hoping 2012 brings some much needed refinement in the editorial department.
        Xander
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Yeah, it was a typo. The source article has the time as .87, not .37.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      MW M3 GTS (on semi-slicks) 1:37.30 BMW M3 CRT 1:38.87 BMW F10 M5 (driven by Claudia Hürtgen. Other cars were driven by Autobild drivers) 1:38.90 BMW 1M Coupe 1:40.18 BMW M3 Coupe DCT 1:40.52 BMW M3 Sedan DCT 1:40.60 BMW M3 Convertible DCT 1:42.63 BMW X6 M 1:43.67 BMW X5 M 1:43.72 BMW E60 M5 1:43.77 Porsche Panamera Turbo S 1:38.13 BMW F10 M5 1:38.90 Mercedes E63 AMG PP 1:40.59
        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        + some more competition to compare.. current production car laprecord Sachsenring Porsche 997 GT2 RS 1:33.51min . . . Nissan GTR 1:37.36 (480hp Mk I) Porsche Panamera Turbo (factory power kit 540hp) 1:37.43min Audi TT-RS 1:39.90 min Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca 1:39.85 min Cadillac CTS-V 1:41.74min Lexus IS F 1:42.11min
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        harig
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree to the dbag part. But, a BMW is an appliance? More so than a Toyota owned Lexus?
        willyolio
        • 3 Years Ago
        a person complains about "appliance vehicle" turns around and buys a toyota. hahahaha
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 3 Years Ago
        And what car company bench marked who? Lexus wishes they could build a BMW, not the other way around. Besides have you ever rode in an IS-F? Unless it's on a newly paved glass rode in the middle of a rode as flat as Kansas it's a horrible ride. Lexus doesn't know how to balance ride and handling. Their cars are either way too soft or way too hard.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @OptimusPrimeRib
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        adam1keith1980
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am a Lexus owner. I own a Lexus because it is reliable and affordable to own. I have owned BMWs, and I don't have the time and money for frequent repairs. However, I can't claim that a Lexus is a better driver's cars than an equivalent BMW. However, I can't wait to drive the new GS.
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      mitytitywhitey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog should have just put the times in a list with fastest on top. Way easier than having to read ... that.
      Walt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm wondering how much Bondo it would take to fill in and reshape those weird openings on the front end of this thing? Several gallons from the looks of it.
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      john m
      • 3 Years Ago
      OH BOY DO I WANT ONE OF THESE!!!!!
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