Had the exact same choice. Coming out of an M3 SMG Convertable. From the pictures i really hated the way the new M3 looked, haven't seen it in the flesh yet. Yes it has more power, but it won't be a considerable amount more, but, am i right i thinking a decent spec new M3 will be £55 ish ?? If so thats nearly £10k over my well spec'd S5. You don't get £10k more in the M3 than the S5.I am deciding between S5 and the new M3. I really like the look of the S5 but it have less power than M3. I don't know what I should pick. Any idea???
We know RS6 is next, then probably RS3 (What a rocket that will be, might have to get one of those), then do Audi do the RS5 or would they like to re-launch the new RS4 into a very very strong established market. I doubt there will ever be an RS8, as thats just doesn't make much sense to me/True, but let us hope it is less than 3 years and certainly not ever.
If you track, then M3. If not, the S5 seems to be the choice ride. For me, the M3's 8250 RPM to get to the 414 lbs is not a daily driver. The torque comes in late as well. So, you will need to spend time high in the RPM. Now, if you compare the HP and torque curves for both cars, the S5 has the advantage in both untill the 7000 to 8000 RPM area (which the S5 can't get to). So, driving around town and on the open road, my thought is the cars will have almost the same performance "feel". I wouldn't mind pulling up to a stop light against a M3 and knowing that I could probably beat it unless the M3 driver knows how to get up to 8250 and manage it. Am I in the ballpark?
Cool, and I can see many people doing this, as I completly agree with your ststementI cancelled my E92 M3 for the S5.
For the simple reason, I didnt think it had £10k worth of performance and fun edge over the S5