Sport Auto's latest test involves pitting the brand new BMW M3 F80 against the M3 E30 DTM.
Sport Auto's latest test involves pitting the brand new BMW M3 F80 against the classic M3 E30 DTM.
One was built back in 1992 and the other just rolled off the assembly line so between them there's a massive 22-year gap. Despite being far less technologically advanced, the DTM-spec E30 proved to be faster than the new M3 in Sport Auto's comparison test as the M3 E30 DTM lapped the circuit in 1 minute and 9 seconds whereas the F80 did it in 1 minute and 13.1 seconds.
Behind the wheel of the M3 wearing a FINA livery was former DTM driver Johnny Cecotto while driving the M3 F80 was Sport Auto's Christian Gebhardt. If you haven't heard of Alberto "Johnny" Cecotto, he's one of the few drivers who managed to compete in motorcycling, Formula 1, DTM, Formula Two, BTCC and Le Mans. He's most successful motorcycling years were 1975 when he won in the 350cc category and 1978 when he triumphed in Formula 750.
On a related note, it should be mentioned the soundtrack provided by the M3 DTM's engine is entirely authentic while the F80's engine sound is digitally enhanced and comes out through the cabin speakers.