Throughout the year, we've seen some pretty amazing cars at CNET Car Tech, but two stood out for our sports car-oriented gear heads. We reviewed two versions of the BMW M3, the first a coupe with a manual transmission, the second a convertible with an automated dual-clutch transmission. Given the model history, we expected these cars to be good, and they were. Between these reviews, we had the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, which proved a more than pleasant surprise. Similar in size and price to the M3, the C63 is Mercedes-Benz's idea of a small high-end sports car, with tuning provided by the company's legendary AMG department.
Both cars gave us exactly the kind of driving fun we like, so we put them head-to-head in a Prizefight. Editors Antuan Goodwin, Brian Cooley, and Wayne Cunningham acted as judges. We rated the cars head-to-head in five categories, tallied the result, and came up with a winner.