The BMW M3 may be named after the company’s famous motor races, but it has garnered little of the activity’s glory. The very first M3 model was released in limited amounts, hoping to tease the market with its low mass and high power. But the M3’s presence was too low that it had to rebrand and release a replacement. The succeeding generations came out in 1993 and then years later in 2000. The BMW M3 is now mainly available as a saloon, convertible or coupe.
In terms of its interior, the BMW M3 excels in exuding understated class and practicality. Drivers will readily feel at home as they enjoy the seat design’s hassle free electric operation. The standard 3-series adds function with a speedometer that reaches 200mph, a revcounter that reads the oil with graduated amber and red sections, and an M Dynamic Mode that controls throttle map, damper response, and steering weight.
The BMW M3 is powered by a V8 4.0-litre engine that packs in 420bhp and 8300rpm, letting a saloon go from 0 to 62mph in 4.9 seconds. The coupe takes slightly longer at 4.8 seconds. The convertible comes “slowest” with its time of 5.3 seconds. Acceleration runs smoothly to gain this quick speed. The standard offered for the BMW M3 is the six-speed manual transmission, but consumers can also go for the semi-automatic gearbox or the DCT. Handling is made effortless thanks to these fine engines, with zero body roll and superbly balanced chassis achieved with the instant acceleration. You can also add the EDC or electronic damper control to the car so that you can go from comfort, normal to sport. Switching among these modes is made easy by the practically located centre console. Enhanced with the M3’s power steering assistance, damper rates, traction control, and throttle response, you’ll be treating yourself to a wild ride as you go on comfort mode for the dampers, go on full traction, and map the ECU for better fuel economy. Switch off the DSC, sharpen your steering and throttle and soon you’ll be winding through roads like a mad but happy racecar driver. Only the M3 can provide this experience with its specific settings and engineering.
The M3 has followed through in its regular improvements. Steering in the current model is able to deliver and achieve such high standards, particularly through the Competition pack that enables lower car rides and a Sport Mode for the damper settings. Michelin Tyres enhance the overall driving experience as well, primarily contributing to the comfort and balancing the grip of the vehicle’s weight.
Tall drivers, however, will have some trouble due to the high seating position. Women will have to get used to handling the thickness of the steering wheel.
Steering is usually responsive but can be difficult to pick up when dealing with the more difficult roads. We recommend the convertible version if you require regular comfort in any type of driving situation.
If you have the money to burn, then the BMW M3 is worth the extra expense for the running costs. Serious car owners won't mind getting the additional features for the sheer thrills, but it's a compromise for the more practical minded.
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