The 2012 BMW M3 might be the best all-around car for the driving enthusiast. To the track, the office or day care, the M3 handles it all with purpose and style. For 2012, the coupe and convertible are unchanged; the sedan has been dropped because the 3-series sedan it’s based on is being completely redesigned.
The M3 has few peers that are as well-rounded, but for the money, there are several good alternatives. Up against the M3 this time is the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Ford’s last upgrades to the Mustang GT back in 2010 gave engineers a platform on which to build the best Mustang ever. So that’s exactly what they did in the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 V6. Yes, the Boss really is back and it’s epic.
2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 V6
For 2012, Ford reintroduces the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302, a nameplate that recalls the Boss 302 of 1969. Just as before, the new 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is a track-tuned beast, and it should also be both great to drive and even potentially collectible.
Numerous engine enhancements kick output up to 444 horsepower, and the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 receives a host of other hardware upgrades to handle the extra fury under the hood. Supporting the new 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 are two Mustangs that are capable in their own right. The entry-level 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 V6 engine churns out an impressive 305 hp and earns a laudable 31 mpg on the EPA highway cycle.
The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 V8-powered GT brings even more power into the mix. It’s not as if Ford Motor needed any more ego strokes this year, but the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is a very good car. There is also a factory Mustang better than this 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302: It’s the more track-focused 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition.
2012 BMW M3
For 2012, the BMW M3 coupe and convertible get a USB/iPod interface, Bluetooth, BMW Assist and an anti-theft alarm as standard features. The BMW M3 sedan has been discontinued for 2012. The BMW M3 is powered by a high-revving 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 414 horsepower, ll that power is driven through the rear wheels via two different transmissions, a six-speed manual or a seven-speed double-clutch, and a variable differential lock.
In Edmunds testing, an BMW M3 coupe with manual transmission sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a quick 4.6 seconds. A BMW M3 convertible with the dual-clutch automated manual transmission makes the same run in 4.8 seconds. With either transmission, EPA estimate the BMW M3 fuel economy in 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. A manual-equipped convertible gets 13 mpg city.
High-performance anti-lock brakes with cross-drilled discs work with electronic stability control and M sport suspension to keep things under control. The 2012 BMW M3 is simply one of the best high-performance cars available that doesn’t ask you to sacrifice for your daily needs. With seating for four, a comfortable but firm ride and 11 cubic feet of trunk space, the BMW M3 calmly gets you across town, yet breathes fire and moves out quickly when called upon.
Conclusion of 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 vs BMW M3 Comparison
So how did the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 vs BMW M3 go? It certainly didn’t embarrass itself, that’s for sure. We pushed both the BMW M3 and the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 as hard as we dared, and the M3 felt a tad more poised, with more precise steering and less body roll.
And the BMW M3 taller gearing meant less shifting; we could keep the BMW M3 in 3rd when we have to change up to 4th in the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302. But that’s where the advantages end. We liked the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 brake feel better — those non-expanding brake lines make a huge difference — and the electric steering didn’t bother me as much on the track as it did on the road.
We expected the power delivery to be clumsier than the BMW M3, but the Boss behaved beautifully, allowing us to get all that V8 goodness to the ground with little drama. But what was most important was that we have more fun in the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302. The BMW M3 felt robotic; the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 felt alive.
The BMW M3 had better form, but the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is the better drive. Bottom line of this 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 vs BMW M3 review: The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302is proof that engineering genius is alive and well at Ford. This really is a proper race car that you can drive every day. It’s fast and poised on the track, loud and fun on the open road, and docile enough to take your kids to nursery school (provided you buy one with a back seat). All that, and the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 can run with Bavaria’s best.
Mustang BOSS 302 vs. BMW M3 Compare
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