The M3 CRT is As Fast As You Can Go in a BMW on a Tight Circuit
A recent BMW M-Series-only Autobild test revealed some very interesting results. The German magazine set all current BMW M models against each other on the Sachsenring circuit in Germany and it turns out that at the moment the M3 CRT is as fast as you can go in a BMW on a tight racetrack and the 1-Series M is even quicker than the current M3 coupe or sedan . The results were conclusive, with the M3 CRT lapping in 1:38.87 and the new M5 1:38.90. It’s worth noting that the out-of-production M3 GTS, on semi-slick tires, holds the BMW Sachsenring record, with a lap time of 1:37.30.
Fans of the BMW M series would agree that the M3 CRT(E90) topping the list comes as no surprise but the new M5(F10) despite its heavy frame being only three hundredths of a second slower is an unexpected twist. The list continues with the M3 in coupe, sedan, and convertible forms and ends with the X6M and X5M. Both SUVs turned out to be faster than the old E60 M5. For further comparison, Autobild included times for the Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG with performance package as well.