Lord of the \’Ring: BMW Nurburgring Times

Ever wonder which stock BMW M car has the fastest time around the ‘Ring? Wonder no more. Taken from the German auto publication Sport Auto, here are the fastest to the slowest as recorded by their famous test driver Horst von Saurma (M cars in bold).

  • 7:50 BMW M3 CSL
  • 7:50 BMW X5 E53 LM (M70 S70B56 engine from a V12 LMR w/700 bhp)
  • 8:05 BMW M3 E92
  • 8:07 BMW Z8 E52 (also listed at a more believable 8:18)
  • 8:09 BMW M6 E63
  • 8:10 BMW Alpina B6 S E63
  • 8:13 BMW M5 E60
  • 8:14 BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo Coupé E92
  • 8:22 BMW M3 E46
  • 8:22 BMW M Coupe E36/8
  • 8:24 BMW X6 M E71
  • 8:26 BMW 335i E92 Coupe
  • 8:28 BMW M5 E39
  • 8:32 BMW Z4 3.0si Coupe E86
  • 8:32 BMW Z4 3.0i Coupe E86
  • 8:32 BMW Z3 M Roadster E36/8
  • 8:34 BMW Z3 3.0i E36/8
  • 8:35 BMW M3 E36
  • 8:35 MINI John Cooper Works R56
  • 8:39 BMW 135i Coupe E82 (hard to believe but this is from Sport Auto)
  • 8:54 BMW X6 xDrive50i E71
  • 8:55 MINI Cooper S Works R53

Thoughts after the break…

A few things to note. The Alpina ‘s times are clearly impressive. The 6 Series based B6 is only a second off the pace of the V10 powered M6. Then there ‘s the B3 which is a full 12 seconds faster than the stock 335i.

Then there ‘s the 135i time – tied with the MINI JCW at 8:35. We actually don ‘t believe it but it ‘s from Sport Auto. Speaking of the JCW, check out the improvement from the R53 to the R56 – a full 20 seconds. That has to be the largest improvement ever from one generation to another.

Also worth noting is where the 1M is going to slot in. We ‘ve heard BMW expects it to be right at the 8:05 mark of the current M3 making it potentially the fastest BMW around ‘Ring since the E46 M3 CSL.

You can see other manufacturers times on the full list at Wikipedia

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  • How the hell can the 335i be 13s faster around than the 135i? Does the longer wheelbase and wider offset make up that much time, and does the extra weight not make any difference?

  • Adriano Salinas

    Where is the M3 GT3 E92???

  • Adriano Salinas

    Ops.., M3 GTS.., sorry…

    But what about the time..?

  • mellowmcs

    Z3 M roadster is an M car but it isn’t bolded. Well I prefer the Z3 M Coupe anyways 🙂

  • Joe

    i always wondered what my 335 could do. The Z8 was powered my the E39 M5s motor. shouldnt that be bolded? did it get other M treatments?

  • JonPD

    Really hoping the 8:05 will hold up for the 1M. This is still one of the most anticipated products I’ve been hoping for from BMW.

  • lava

    where is the Mini Cooper GP?

  • chas58

    The stock 135 isn’t a great track car. The 335 handles better stock, and the wheelbase and track do help – if nothing else BMW didn’t have to design as much understeer in for the masses. The 135 doesn’t really have a significant weight advantage.

    Slap a good suspension on the 135 (springs/shocks/sways) and the car should come into its own. Its just not there out of the box.

  • Schalk

    To think the 2011 Subaru STI releasing last quater 2010 with 225kw and 407Nm from a flat 4 does 07:55, the new M3 (2012)with straight 6 twin turbo 335kw would maybe reach the CSL’s time at 07:50 and that is a big maybe. So BIG Hoooray for Subaru.

    And before anyone moans, I am a 335i owner. But for bmw to be be so off the pace against a 4 pot is disgraceful

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  • Anonymous

    BMW has 8:20 listed in their 2011 335I brochure.

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