Most motorists are content to just get through life. They deal with traffic jams one at a time and get on with sorting out mundane stuff such as paying for Low-Emission Zones with little fuss or bother. They’re happy with their cars the way they are.
Other people, though, dance to a very different tune; they aren’t content with what they have – they want more power, more pace, more adrenaline.
The two cars we have here are prime examples of their owners’ dissatisfaction with the mass-produced side of life, and their adherence to the philosophy ‘the more, the merrier’.
So, on the one hand, we have a BMW M3, itself no slouch. Under the bonnet is a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six power plant that has been breathed on considerably. So, instead of the standard car’s ‘must try harder’ 425hp, this one produces 700hp. And with 950Nm of torque, it has the strength to win a tug of war with an Airbus A380.
All of this power is put down through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that drives the rear wheels, so wheelspin is only ever a sneeze away. The fact that it weighs 1595kg should give it an advantage out of the blocks, too.
Why? Because the Mercedes-AMG C63 Black it’s up against is slightly more porky at 1655kg.
Still, there’s one way to combat that, and that’s to give it even more power. This one makes 760hp, which is 250hp more than what the standard car’s 6.2-litre V8 made back in the day. However, at 700Nm, the Mercedes has nowhere near as much torque as the BMW.
As with the BMW, the Mercedes sends its power solely to the rear wheels, albeit through a seven-speed torque-convertor automatic gearbox.
The two owners are clearly dedicated to the art of tuning. On top of the £34,000 the BMW cost, a further £25k has been spent on the upgrades. Meanwhile, the C63 Black was £80,000, and a further £20k has been shelled out on making it faster. Oof.
So which of the pair do you reckon will cross the line first?
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