BMW M3 Review – Research New & Used BMW M3 Models | Edmunds

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The BMW 3 Series has been regarded as the benchmark sport coupe. Taking already athletic vehicle to new is the M version, known as the BMW M3. In the Bimmer the letter M stands for the company’s performance division.

These engineers tweak a given BMW engine for more output, the suspension for even more handling and add sporty exterior and design elements.

Throughout its two on the U.S. market, the BMW M3 has been a of enthusiasts looking for sports-car and handling from a true car. Although content to burble around while daily driver duty, the M3 into a back-road burner conditions allow and gives its the opportunity to … corners precision and rocket out of them gusto.

Current BMW M3

Based on the present-generation 3 Series, the M3 is in only one trim level the coupe and hardtop convertible styles. Both are powered by a V8, good for 414 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of which revs to a thrilling redline. A six-speed manual is the means of sending power to the wheels, and a seven-speed automated-clutch gearbox with paddle is optional.

M3s also get specific upgrades such as more brakes, stiffer suspension and a specialized limited-slip rear

Like previous M3s, the model comes well-equipped the latest luxury amenities, in this case includes headlamps, leather upholstery, power sport seats and a audio system. The convertible a nifty hardtop and sun-reflective Features like 19-inch heated seats, satellite the iDrive navigation system and M personalized performance settings are

The Competition package available on the adds a lowered suspension, a track and reprogrammed electronic and stability control systems.

While past M3s have performance stars, the M3 coupe is simply one of the best cars to our test track. It accelerated zero to 60 mph in a blistering 4.6 seconds and to a stop from 60 mph in an extremely 100 feet. The slalom and skid pad results were also on par vastly more expensive while on-road handling is reproach.

Getting the less convertible degrades these a little, but regardless of which style you choose, expect one of the performance machines money can

Used BMW M3 Models

The present-generation BMW M3 was for 2008 in coupe, convertible and body styles. The latter, after 2011, was perfect for who desired M3 performance but with a degree of practicality. Changes been limited to feature with first-year models a less user-friendly iDrive and slightly different sedan

The Competition package was added for for the coupe and sedan.


The previous M3 from 2001-’06 and was available in and convertible body styles.

was a single trim level for powered by a 3.2-liter six-cylinder producing 333 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. A manual transmission was standard, a six-speed sequential manual (SMG) was offered as an option for the 2002 model year. The allows manual-style shifting via shifters next to the steering and although it was popular, we weren’t of its herky-jerky performance.

Changes minor during the lifespan of generation of M3s. A CD player standard for 2002, while the year saw the addition of a few extra features plus an improved navigation system. (The one was CD-based.) The only major arrived for 2005 with the Package (coupe only), provided some of the performance from the European-market M3 CSL, as 19-inch forged wheels, suspension tuning, a quicker ratio, upgraded brakes and a intrusive Track mode for the control system.

Every road test of M3 sang the car’s praises in of its incredibly balanced handling, grip and telepathic communication car and driver. The downsides of this performance car are few: a stiff tinny exhaust note, and wind and road noise in the than one might expect. For sports car enthusiasts who need seats, it doesn’t get much than the BMW M3.

However, these cars to be driven hard and owners modify them, so it’s to examine a used example before signing on the dotted

The second-generation M3 was introduced in 1995 and was a package, with only its rocker panel extensions, M badges and different wheels to it from the common 3 Series. with a buttery-smooth 240-hp this generation of the M3 wooed with its ripping performance, balanced chassis and everyday

For enthusiasts on a budget, this is the best deal for a used M3, a wide choice of body (coupe, convertible and sedan), with plenty of entertaining and an affordable price tag. The ran throughout this generation 1995-’99, while the sedan and ’98) and convertible (1998 and were only available and are consequently harder to find.

The first-generation BMW M3 was the most radical. from 1988-’91, this M3 was a hard-edged, racetrack-ready version of a 3 sport coupe. These M3s aggressively blistered fenders and aft, slightly thicker that allowed a more canted rear window, and a trunk lid fitted with a spoiler.

Under the extroverted was not an inline-6, but a highly-tuned DOHC inline-4 that cranked for its time, a very impressive 195 hp the help of a turbocharger or supercharger. An first-generation M3 is a rare find days and tends to require maintenance and care than the car because of its more specialized engine.

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