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BMW G80 M3 Competition Puts Down A Sub-Three-Second 0 to 60 MPH Time

The BMW M3 G80 gets xDrive, and it puts down a supercar-like 0 to 60 mph Time of under 3 Seconds

The BMW M3 does not need an introduction. It has been setting the benchmark for performance cars since 1986, and although the newer models are a far cry from the lightweight homologation model that was the E30 M3, they are still some of the most praised driver’s cars. With the G80 now being the quickest-accelerating M3, you have to ask yourself, can a stock BMW M3 get any quicker? The answer is given by YouTube channel Drag Times, which managed to get its hands on a BMW M3 Competition xDrive.

BMW G80 M3 Competition Puts Down A Sub-Three-Second 0 to 60 MPH Time
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It’s no secret that the M3 has gained some serious power over the years. From the earlier E30 M3’s 195 horsepower and 170 pound-feet (230 Nm) to the current G80 Competition’s 510 horsepower and 479 pound-feet (650 Nm), the performance model from Munich has gained more than double the power and triple the torque figure over the years.

When the BMW G80 M3 came out, there were some that did not expect it to be much quicker than the outgoing model.

However, the M3 Competition managed a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 3.5 seconds, with power going to the rear wheels only through the ZF eight-speed automatic.

To put things in perspective, this is what earlier versions of the Nissan R35 GT-R were capable of.

BMW G80 M3 Competition Puts Down A Sub-Three-Second 0 to 60 MPH Time
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Could you forgive the looks?
It doesn’t look that bad in black, especially when you consider the performance it’s capable of

Now, however, we see a BMW M3 Competition equipped with the company’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The gearbox is still the same tried and tested ZF eight-speed unit, but that 510 horsepower and 479 pound-feet (650 Nm) now hit the ground through all four wheels, thanks to the rear-wheel-drive-biased xDrive system.

Despite the finicky launch control that everyone seems to complain about, the results were astonishing. On an unprepared surface, the all-wheel-drive BMW M3 Competition achieved a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 3.14 seconds.

With a one-foot roll-out, it goes down to 2.99 seconds, which is supercar territory. The Vbox records more impressive figures, such as an 11.23-second quarter-mile time at 121.77 mph (196 km/h).
BMW G80 M3 Competition Puts Down A Sub-Three-Second 0 to 60 MPH Time
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The BMW M3 Competition is seriously quick
But this AWD version is even quicker

The owner of the car shares that he had to part with $97,000 in order to get the G80 M3 as it is. Judging by the numbers it put down, we think that’s money well-spent. The BMW G80 M3 Competition xDrive (that’s a mouthful) packs supercar-rivaling performance in a practical, stylish four-door sedan package, and that’s really the only way to describe it. For the actual runs, skip to the 9:00 mark.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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