The new generation BMW M3 Competition takes on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio in our video comparison.
This is the all-new BMW M3 Competition. It lacks a 3.0-litre twin turbocharged engine with oodles of power, with some 375kW and some 650Nm. At the moment it’s rear-wheel drive, which is all the better to use its ‘M Drift Analyser’ function (though there will be a 4wd version later).
But the new 2021 M3 is no lightweight, at some 1725kg, which is otherwise known as ‘quite a lot’ for a BMW 3-Series. But still it can get from 0-100km/h in 4.2sec and go on to a 290km/h top speed. The car costs from $154,900.
Here it’s up against what is, in our minds, its greatest competitor, the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. We are huge fans of the Alfa, which has no shortage of power itself, with its 2.9-litre V6 making the self same 375kW as the M3 but with 600Nm. But then, it has less to carry around, weighing in at 1580kg. 145kg’s less than the M3.
As a result the Giulia Quadrifoglio can get from 0-100km/h in just 3.9sec and it has a whopping top speed of 307km/h. It costs $138,950.
Which car will our testers prefer, though?