German Civil War: Porsche 911 GTS VS BMW M3 CS

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It’s Porsche 911 GTS vs. BMW M3 CS and Stuttgart vs. Bavaria in a Germanic road and race battle of the ages.

The Porsche 911 is a pure sports car with the engine in the wrong place. Although based on its performance record on the racetrack over the past 53 years, maybe other cars have it wrong. The standard 911, outside of the motorsports oriented GT cars, is a very impressive sports car. The newly launched GTS is the highest performance 911 using the three-liter, twin-turbo Carrera S motor. It punches out a powerful 450 horsepower, which is only 25 short of the outgoing 991.1 GT3. In fact, the GTS is a full second quicker around the Nurburgring. The all new Porsche 911 GTS starts at $121,750. The GTS is a missile, but BMW just fired a rocket of their own.

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The new BMW M3 CS is the fastest M3 on offer. Taking a page from motorsports the CS has trimmed its weight by 110 pounds, while increasing power. The three-liter, twin-turbo straight-six is making 454 horsepower, which is 4 four more then the GTS. Similar to the GTS it also uses a dual clutch seven-speed transmission. The CS clocks in a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds versus the GTS’s 3.6 seconds. BMW M3 CS starts a $110,000, but with options it can be up over the base price of the GTS. As you can see the specs put the CS and GTS in the same ring.

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In this video, YouTube channel Motor Trend latest Head2Head episode pits these two high performance sports cars against each other on their home turf in Germany. They drive the cars on the Autobahn at over 300 kph. Then they take them to the Nurburgring for a private track day. It is exciting to see these two incredible cars battle it out in a German cage match. Although the numbers are close, we are not sure the GTS and CS buyers would cross shop these too cars. Check out the video and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Patrick Stevenson is an Internet Brands' contributor to 6SpeedOnline, Honda-Tech, Corvette Forums,, and MBworld. He is also a host on The Motor Affair Podcast.

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