Unofficial BMW M3 Wagon Meets Mercedes-AMG C63 S In Drag Race
We love a good drag race. We especially like good racing with wagons, and when it comes to a direct rivalry between high-performance German models from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, it’s even better. That’s the gist of this new Carwow video pitting the epic Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate against an F81 BMW M3 Touring. Wait, what?
Before BMW fans flood the comments with what little we know about fast Bimmers, this M3 Touring isn’t a factory-built machine. BMW has never offered such a vehicle, but that didn’t stop someone from building one. This car started life as a modest 320d and received a host of M3 parts from a destroyed F80, including the powertrain.
The result is the sexy long blue roof seen in this video, which well deserves the M badge he wears. In fact, it even goes beyond the standard F80 M3 with an additional engine for its twin-turbo inline six. According to the video, it develops 540 horsepower (403 kilowatts) compared to 510 hp (380 kW) in the Merc. That should make for a good competition, albeit tilted in favor of BMW.
Really? This wagon conversion is exceptional, but it struggles to bring its power to the ground. Station wagons compete for four races – two with a dig and two with a roll – and while the BMW doesn’t lose them all, it certainly has strengths and weaknesses. The F80 M3 already has a reputation for being a tough vehicle to launch, but this custom wagon seems to struggle even more despite the extra mass it carries on the rear wheels.
Yet it is by no means slow. Both vehicles record quarter-mile times in the 12-second range, and the gradual start races see each car easily reach 155 mph. For some extra smiles, the video ends with a braking competition which is a dead end. So even with the difficulties of launching the Bimmer, it looks like a supremely fun car to drive.