2008 BMW M3 vs. 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

CNET Car Tech compares the 2008 BMW M3 with the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

Photo by CBS Interactive
Photo by CBS Interactive

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.

Click here to find out if the M3 or C63 came out on top in our Prizefight.