The BMW M4 and the Lexus RC F both unveiled less than a month apart. With the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG next to bow, the three luxury compact sports coupes  and sports sedans will inevitably face-off. If the previous BMW E9X M3, Mercedes-Benz C63, and Lexus IS F is any indication, the new models will be closely matched yet offer very distinct driving experiences.

The BMW M3 is the perennial benchmark. The magicians at BMW's M division have consistently found the ideal balance between power, handling, and feel. On the other hand, the over-engineering going on at AMG has made the 6.2 liter V8 engines as powerful as nuclear reactors. Finally, the Lexus IS F was the freshman boy racer of the three. As far as first impressions are concerned, the latest Lexus RC F looks more than ready to tango with its German counterparts.

The new BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe features a turbocharged 3.0 liter straight six engine producing 431 hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. Not only are the numbers and figures the most powerful in M3 history, the high-revving engine boasts a 7,600 rpm red line. According to Road & Track, a BMW employee that has driven the new BMW revealed the car's nature: "The M3/M4 won't tolerate sloppy throttle inputs. It's without a doubt the highest-performance road car M has built, but it also requires a LOT of talent to drive ... at least BMW has a network of driver's schools to help there, starting with the teen driving program up through the BMW CCA race schools."

The Lexus RC F might as well be Japan's interpretation of the muscle car. Just like the Mustang GT, the Lexus RC F opts for a naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 engine. According to execs, the RC F is tuned to make beyond 450 hp, but produces a more modest 383 lb.-ft. of torque. The usability of the torque may also be further diminished as the V8 redlines at a lower 7,300 rpm. Beyond power output, the Lexus RC F also features sophisticated aero, including a rear spoiler that discreetly rises from the body once the RC F reaches a certain speed.

Lexus RC F engineers are not the only ones planning to counter M3 with more horsepower. While details on the next C63 are unknown, history plays a reliable benchmark. However, speculation isn't necessary as Road & Track's senior editor Jason Cammisa has somehow managed to learn a thing or two from eavesdropping on a conversation at the Mercedes-Benz stand during the Detroit Auto Show.

First interesting sound bite from the Benz booth: "The C400's got a twin-turbo six. Can you imagine what a monster the AMG is going to be like?"

We know the next C63 AMG will utilize a twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V8. By applying both BMW's decision to go force induction and Lexus' decision to use a V8, the C63 AMG's power unit arguably possesses the highest potential--which brings us to the second sound bite Cammisa overheard at Detroit:

“Sure, they only have to beat the M3’s 425 hp. But if they can slaughter that, why not?” Oh, hell yes! Once again, we can expect AMG to once again be guilty of excessive force.

The trio of luxury sports cars are aiming their sights squarely at one another and just like in "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," the three animals are as closely matched, and yet as dissimilar, as it gets.

The real question is which one is right for you? Will you have the BMW M4 Coupe, the Lexus RC F or the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG? Take the sports car personality test below to find out!