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Drag race: New G80 BMW M3 vs tuned F80 700hp M3

May 27, 2021 by

What’s better, a brand-new BMW M3 or a heavily-upgraded older car for less? Watch to find out…

If you’re looking for loads of performance, should you fork out the money for a brand new car — or save some cash, buy an older version and use the change to load it with upgrades?

That’s what today’s drag race looks to find out, as we square up the new BMW M3 against a heavily modified version of the old car.

Let’s start with the new car, then. Sitting underneath its muscular bonnet is a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine, sending 510hp and 650Nm to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Pretty fruity, right?

For that, though, you’re setting yourself back £74,815 before options — but what if you want more bang for the buck?

That’s where the modified route may appeal to you. Lining up against the new M3 is the previous generation car, worth about £34,000 today, with more than a crateful of upgrades. In fact, they’re not far off the car’s worth itself — tallying up to around £25,000.

What does your money get you? In the case of this particular Evolve-tuned M3, it’s 700hp and 950Nm of torque – thanks to a remap and upgraded turbos. That’s also dumped to the rear wheels (clad in stickier tyres than it came with from the factory, mind) through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

In something that weighs 1,595kg — 135kg less than the new car — it’s certainly a tantalising recipe on paper. In the real world though, can this ageing M3 topple the new kid on the block?

Well, you’ll just have to watch to find out…

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