2018 BMW M3

MSRP $66,500

Ranked #8 in Sedan

7.6

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Updated on: September 24, 2021

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The BMW 3 Series is one of the most popular series from the manufacturer because it offers solid build quality, luxurious features, and great performance at a very competitive price. The BMW M3 is another 3 Series but turns the performance notch up by a lot and is the most loved among car enthusiasts making it one of the most famous cars the German marque has ever made. The M3 has set a benchmark for all the other car manufacturers which is a huge achievement. 

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Pros

Spacious cabin

well-appointed interior materials

Great handling and braking performance

Terrific engine

Cons

Steering feedback could be improved

Firm ride even in the comfiest of settings

What's New?

Gets LED headlights as standard

Updated iDrive multimedia system

New and more powerful CS model with more aggressive suspension setup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$66500

bodystyle

dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

174 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

425 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

capacity

passenger volume

102.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

towing capacity

5290 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/25 mpg

highway range

464.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$66,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 BMW M3 in Alpine White color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.8

Exterior

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The RWD setup makes this sedan super fun to drive and the aggressive looks of this car are one of the key factors of its success. The M3 has made a legacy ever since it was first launched and has been an important part of the 3 Series lineup. Some of the main competitors of the 2018 BMW M3 are the 2018 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C 63, and the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V. Can the 2018 BMW M3 emerge as the top performance sedan in the market?


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.8/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior


2018 BMW M3 Features

8.0/10

The 2018 BMW M3 comes in only one trim and there is no additional trim for the 2018 model year as compared to the previous year. This trim has plenty of the latest techs and features and is loaded with modern safety equipment with the prices of this trim starting from $66,500 and can go up based on the optional packages you choose. The optional packages can cost a lot which is one of the major cons of this car.

Trim

M3

MSRP (RWD)

$66,500

Key Features

Self-leveling Headlights

 

BMW iDrive infotainment interface (with an 8.8-inch display screen)

 

A navigation system and a Harman Kardon sound system

 

LED headlights

 

Optional Automatic Parking

 

Power and heated front seats

 

Dual-zone climate control

 

Keyless ignition and entry

 

Auto-dimming mirrors

 

Dual-zone climate control

Which trim should you buy?

As the BMW M3 is a standalone trim there will be no confusion in choosing a trim. This trim offers many features just for the price of $66,500 that is more than enough. However, You can opt for a variety of optional features like a heads-up display, heated rear seats, and a blind-spot monitor, etc. It also has 4 optional packages on offer namely, the Competition Package, Executive Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Lighting Package. All these make the car sporty as well as practical.

2018 BMW M3 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2018 BMW M3 is available in only one engine option to choose from. It is powered by a 3.0L Inline 6-cylinder engine with BMWs M TwinPower Turbo Technology. The engine is capable of producing 425 hp of power and 406 lb-ft of torque. It is available in RWD with an Active M differential which makes the performance of the car more thrilling. It gets two transmission options to choose from. One is the 6-speed manual transmission which comes as standard and the other is the optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

While the manual transmission is more engaging, the automatic is brisker. It is up to you which one to prefer. The engine will be suitable for your daily needs regardless of the transmission you choose. This setup can accelerate from 0-60 in just 4.1 seconds and a quarter-mile of 12.1 seconds. 

Models 

2018 BMW M3

2018 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400

2018 Cadillac ATS-V

2018 Mercedes-AMG C 63

MSRP

$66,500

$53,995

$62,590

$66,100

Engine

3.0L Twin-Turbo Straight-Six

3.0L Twin-Turbo V6

3.6L V6

4.0L Bi-Turbo V8

Drivetrain 

RWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission 

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic

Power

425 hp @ 5,500 RPM

400hp @ 6,400 RPM

464 hp @ 5,850 RPM

469 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

406 lb-ft @ 1,850 RPM

350 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

445 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

479 lb-ft @ 1,750 RPM

0-60 MPH 

4.1 seconds

4.5 seconds

3.8 seconds

4.0 seconds

Quarter-Mile 

12.1 seconds

12.8 seconds

12.2 seconds

9.7 seconds

Top Speed 

174 MPH

155 MPH

189 MPH

155 MPH

All of the above cars are insanely fast but the Cadillac ATS-V edges out in terms of its 0-60 timings clocking 3.8 seconds. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 has impressive performance and takes the lead when it comes to the quarter-mile timings. The INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 falls a bit short on its performance than its rivals and it also produces the least amount of power and torque of 400 hp and 350lb.-ft of torque. 

How well does the 2018 BMW M3 handle?

BMW’s are always known for their great performance and excellent handling and what can be said about the M3. The performance cars from BMW are also known as the kings of handling and agility. The same can be seen with the 2018 M3 as well. Whether be straight roads, twisty tracks, or anything the M3 will do it easily. 

The Active M differential supplies the power effectively which makes the ride more joyful. The adaptive M Suspension with an all-new double-joint spring front axle with lightweight aluminum control arms improves the ride quality furthermore. Overall the riding experience of the 2018 BMW M3 is breathtaking and memorable.

2018 BMW M3 Braking Performance

The 2018 BMW M3 has one of the best brakes in its class that complement its sheer power. It has 15-inch rotors on the front and 14.6-inch rotors on the rear. These large brakes can stop the car from 0-60 in just 101 feet. The light weight of the car also helps to reduce the braking distance. There is also an option for carbon-ceramic brakes which will improve the braking performance by a lot. The option may be expensive but it definitely proves its worth.

Models 

2018 BMW M3

2018 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400

2018 Cadillac ATS-V

2018 Mercedes-AMG C 63

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15.0

N/A

14.5

15.4

Brakes Rotors: Rear (inches)

14.6

N/A

13.3

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,630

4,023

3,812

3,856

60-0 MPH (feet)

101

102

101

101

All the above competitors perform the same when it comes to their braking performance. The light weight of the BMW M3 comes in handy to improve its braking performance. Opting for the carbon-ceramic brakes will change the standings drastically, once up to the temperatures. In the competition, BMW's place is also co-held by the Cadillac and the Mercedes-AMG, with the INFINITI just losing to these cars by a foot.

2018 BMW M3 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2018 BMW M3 does a decent job when it comes to the MPG department. With the higher power quotient and performance on offer the economy is bound to get affected. This statement can also be solidified by the EPA’s rating of 17/25/20 MPG on city/highway/combined. The Bimmer has a 15.8-gallon fuel tank which will help you to travel 316 miles before each fuel stop. 

Models 

2018 BMW M3

2018 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400

2018 Cadillac ATS-V

2018 Mercedes-AMG C 63

MPG (City)

17

19

16

18

MPG (Highway)

25

26

23

24

MPG (Combined)

20

22

19

20

Fuel Tank Capacity 

15.8 gallons

20.0 gallons

16.0 gallons

17.4 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

269/395/316

380/520/440

256/368/304

313/418/348

The Q50 offers the best fuel efficiency of its rivals while the Cadillac ATS-V on the other hand provides the least mileage of 19 MPG as compared to its competitors. The BMW M3 also has less fuel economy but is not as bad as the Cadillac. The Merc also performs pretty well in the MPG department averaging a combined range of 348 miles. The Infiniti also gets the largest fuel tank of 20-gallons and helps cover best-in-class range. 

2018 BMW M3 Interior

8.8/10

You would expect nothing but luxury and sportiness from the interior of the BMW. The 2018 BMW M3 doesn’t disappoint in any way. There is use of premium materials throughout the interior of the car. The interior is one of the best in terms of its spacing while comparing with its competition. The space in the front is excellent so taller folks won’t find any issues getting in and out of the car. The dashboard is sporty with the infotainment system in the middle. The steering wheel is nimble and is wrapped in leather. It seats 5 people in two rows. 

Cloth seats are standard with leather seating as an option. This is a bit disappointing considering the price at which it comes. The front seats are cushioned and are 10-way adjustable which can be adjusted according to one's needs. It hugs you in a way that the driver feels very comfortable driving. The bolstering on the seats makes it look sporty as well. 

The armrest is wide enough and comfortable for both the driver as well as the passenger. Towards the rear seats are wide enough for three adult passengers to sit comfortably. Overall, the entire interior layout of the car is luxurious and very sporty with a load of the latest techs and features.

Models 

2018 BMW M3

2018 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400

2018 Cadillac ATS-V

2018 Mercedes-AMG C 63

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.3/55.1/42.0

39.5/56.7/44.5

38.6/55.2/42.5

40.9/55.3/41.7

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.7/55.1/35.1

36.8/56.1/35.1

36.8/53.9/33.5

37.1/55.0/35.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

12.0

13.5

10.4

12.6

The INFINITI has an edge over its competitors because it has greater legroom on the front. The Cadillac ATS-V has the least passenger space and the legroom in the rear is a premium. Coming to the cargo space, the Q50 Red Sport 400 has the best cargo space while the ATS-V has the least cargo space. The BMW M3 also has a better interior and cargo space than its rivals.

Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Powered and heated front seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Anthracite Carbon Structure cloth
  • Interior air filtration

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2018 BMW M3?

BMW is always known for its innovation so infotainment was never a problem for them. The 2018 BMW M3 gets an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The display is of excellent quality and there is no screen glare issue even in bright sunlight. It has Bluetooth Connectivity with which you can connect your smartphone with the infotainment system. 

It has a USB and auxiliary ports. It offers Apple CarPlay as an optional feature. However, it is disappointing that there is no Android Auto available even as an option. The optional navigation system will help you to reach your destination and works perfectly fine. Finally, an optional Harman Kardon audio system with a 600 Watt Premium Amplifier will take the party to the roads. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Harman Kardon audio system with 600 Watt Premium Amplifier
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Navigation

2018 BMW M3 Exterior

7.0/10

The M3 is longer and more sporty than the regular 3 Series. The car is lowered and the structure is changed a bit to meet the aerodynamic needs. The lightweight aluminum body makes it one agile and one of the lightest cars in the competition. The iconic kidney grille is finished in chrome with ‘M’ badging on it. Talking about ‘M’ badging it is visible on every bit here and there in case you forget which car you are actually driving. The front bumpers are very sporty. The all-new LED headlights and taillights now look more appealing. 

The Competition Package adds an all-black theme to the exterior which makes the car more aggressive. Overall, the exterior of the 2018 BMW M3 is a hit which was always one of the biggest takeaways of the BMW M3.

Models 

2018 BMW M3

2018 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400

2018 Cadillac ATS-V

2018 Mercedes-AMG C 63

Curb Weight (lbs)

3630 

4023 

3812 

3856 

Length (inches)

184.5

189.6

182.80

187

Width (inches)

73.9

71.8

71.10

72.4

Height (inches)

56.1

57.2

55.90

56.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.7

4.8

5.4

4.1

Wheelbase (inches)

110.7

112.2

109.3

111.8

The Cadillac ATS-V has a shorter wheelbase as compared to its rivals. The BMW M3 is the lightest car out there whereas the INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 is the heaviest in the class. The Cadillac ATS-V has the best ground clearance while the AMG C 63 on the other hand has the least ground clearance. The BMW M3 is wider than its rivals whereas the Cadillac ATS-V is lower in height when compared to its competitors.

Some of the standout exterior features include the following:

  • Carbon ceramic brakes
  • Cat Eye LED headlights
  • 18-inch performance tires
  • Moonroof

2018 BMW M3 Safety

The NHTSA and the IIHS have not tested the 2018 BMW M3 yet. However, the 3 Series has received a ‘Top Safety Pick’ award by IIHS and we believe that the M3 would perform the same. BMW never compromises for its safety and offers the best build quality and safety features available. It has a long list of safety features. Some of the safety features of the 2018 BMW M3 include ABS, airbags, traction control, front and rear parking sensors, etc. It also includes a rear parking camera as standard for the 2018 model. 

Some of the standout safety features are as follows: 

  • Driver's and passenger's front airbags
  • Active Bblind-spot detection 
  • Automatic-locking retractors
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • Impact sensors
  • Park distance control

2018 BMW M3 Competition

2018 BMW M3 vs 2018 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400

The INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 is the best when it comes to its fuel economy. But that’s it, rest everything is better in the BMW M3. It has a solid built quality and aggressive look. It has better performance and better interior features. But the Q50 undercuts the bimmer by 10k approximately. So, if you can increase your budget then the 2018 BMW M3 can be a perfect choice for you.

2018 BMW M3 vs 2018 Cadillac ATS-V

The Cadillac ATS-V is not as popular as the M3, but it definitely gives a strong competition to it. The M3 has better looks and build quality than the ATS-V. The Cadillac on the other hand is faster than the M3. But, reliability wise the Bimmer is better than the Cadillac. Also, the interior space on the M3 is better than the ATS-V. The fuel economy is another factor why the M3 is better than the ATS-V. So, the BMW M3 is a better option to choose from.

2018 BMW M3 vs 2018 Mercedes-AMG C 63

BMW and Mercedes lock horns whenever they meet and are two of the most toxic rivals of each other. The C 63 Sedan is the toughest rival for the M3. One has better performance whereas the other has better practicality. One has luxury whereas the other is fun to drive. If you are a fanboy of Mercedes then go for the C 63 but if you prefer BMW then go for the M3.

2018 BMW M3 Final Verdict

The BMW M3 needs no explanation. It has proved its worth time and again and does the same for the 2018 model as well. It has the best-in-class performance with the latest techs and safety features which proves its worth. The handling of this car is excellent and it is very fun to drive. The interior of the car is very sporty and luxurious at the same time. The exterior styling of the car is very aggressive which is what is needed in a sports Sedan. The overall ride quality is also amazing. So, if you are planning to buy the 2018 BMW M3 then you have made the right choice. 

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