2022 BMW M3

MSRP $69,900 Est.

Ranked #14 in Sedan

6.7

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2022 BMW M3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The BMW M3 is a car that holds one of the most important nameplates in the history of cars. It is the more accommodating four-door brother to the M4 and is powered by the same vicious S58 twin-turbo Inline-6 power plant. Over the years, it has been sitting on the top of the sport sedan segment, and now in the 6th generation, it is one of the last remaining high-performance, gas-powered, Rear-Wheel Drive, manual transmission road rockets and this is a fact worth celebrating! Yes, the 2021 M3 wasn’t the most beautiful looking car out there and got thrashed for the big grille up front and for the loss of the Hofmeister kink by the C-pillar but as a performance vehicle, the M3 still continues to slap an ear-to-ear grin on the faces of the road testers and owners alike!

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Pros

Manual Transmission (optional)

Super-focused handling on the track

Superb engine character for the road as well

Strong 6-cylinder under the hood

Cons

The grille could’ve been designed better

The Competition lacks the manual tranny

Dual-clutch automatic on the last generation shifted better

Suspension is a bit firm

What's New?

The car got its entry to the 6th generation via the 2021 model year and as such, it is expected to be carried over to the 2022 model year with some minor changes.

The biggest of the changes is in the more bonkers Competition trim, which will get an All-Wheel Drive system to drop the 0-60 mph stint to a heart-pumping 3.4 seconds only.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$69900

bodystyle

dr Sedan

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$69,900 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 BMW M3 in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


The 2022 BMW M3’s rivalry is the most with the high-perf Germans – the Mercedes-AMG C43 and the Audi RS5, and the fierce Italian – the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

2022 BMW M3 Sedan front view
2022 BMW M3 Sedan rear view

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 BMW M3 Features

The M3 lineup is being carried forward without any change. Since the introduction of its 6th generation just last year, both the M3 and the M3 competition have only seen minor changes this year. 

Model

BMW M3

BMW M3 Competition

MSRP

$69,900

$72,800

Key Features

Front Seats with Heating, Ventilation and Subtle Massager function along with Seat Memory

503 horsepower from the 3.0-liter inline-6

 

Speed Limit Info

Competition rims

 

Driving Assistant Professional with Steering and Lane Control Assistant

Redesigned front bumper

 

Parking Assistant with Reversing Assistant

xDrive all-wheel-drive

 

BMW Head-Up Display

8-speed automatic unit replaces the 6-speed manual

 

Active Navigation

Carbon-fiber galore

 

M Sport seats

 

We Recommend

The M3 Competition is more up to our speed. A spectacular engine, enhanced exteriors and an all wheel drive system which improves the driving dynamics of the vehicle incredibly. 

Price

The price tag on the 2021 BMW M3 starts at $69,900, which can go up to $72,800 for the Competition variant. Since the 2021 model year was launched after quite some time, we can’t really make out the increment the German manufacturer will demand on the newer model year. If you still want a guesstimate, the second-best 3-Series, the M340i, got an increment of $700 on the 2021 model year and if we go by that estimate expect a similar increment on the M3 as well. For the new All-Wheel Drive, add in $4,000 on the top of the hiked price.

Release Date

Although there isn’t a solid confirmation of the launch via any media outlets, a small chat with the local BMW dealership put the tentative launch in August this year, if everything goes as planned.

2022 BMW M3 Engine and Performance

Since there are not a lot of changes to the 2022 M3, we expect BMW to carry on with the same power plant as the 2021 model year. The engine in question is BMW’s S58-generation twin-turbocharged 3.0L Inline-6 which pumps out a massive 473 horses and 406 lb-ft of torque! This powerplant is paired to a 6-speed manual which sends power to the rear wheels only.

2022 BMW M3 Sedan in action

When we talk of the Competition avatar, the outputs rise to 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft from the same power plant. This output will be sent to the wheels via an 8-speed STEPTRONIC Automatic transmission which is a torque-converter unit. The 2022 M3 Competition will get an All-Wheel Drive system similar to that of the M5 making the M3 quicker to 60 mph by 0.4 seconds.

Models

2022 BMW M3

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2021 Audi RS5

2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 S

MSRP

$69,900

$75,250

$75,400

$76,200

Engine

3.0L twin-turbocharged Inline-6

2.9L twin-turbocharged V6

2.9L twin-turbocharged V6

4.0L twin-turbocharged V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

8-Speed Automatic 8HP75

8-Speed Tiptronic Automatic

9-Speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT Automatic

Power [hp @ RPM]

473 hp @ 6250 rpm

505 hp @ 6500 rpm

444 hp @ 6700 rpm

503 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque [lb-ft @ RPM]

406 lb ft @ 2650 rpm

443 lb ft @ 2500 rpm

442 lb ft @ 4700 rpm

516 lb ft @ 2000 rpm

The M3’s price is the lowest in the group and with a manual transmission on board, the car is also the most driver-friendly in the group. As for the others, the Audi is the least powerful but has similar torque to the Alfa and is the only one with an AWD system. The C63 S has an advantage of two cylinders over the others and sounds the best! Also, this V8 is the torquiest on the block!

2022 BMW M3 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The BMW M3 wasn’t really made for eco-friendly driving around the block but was rather meant to do so enthusiastically, with a heavy throttle! And for this, the EPA estimates the 2021 BMW M3 to return 16 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined. All of this coming from a 15.6-gallon fuel tank. Since the powerplant is the same for the 2022 model year, we expect a slightly better fuel economy (by an mpg or two) this time but if it doesn’t happen, we aren’t complaining either!

Models

2022 BMW M3

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2021 Audi RS5

2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 S

MPG (City)

16

17

18

17

MPG (Highway)

23

25

25

26

MPG (Combined)

19

20

21

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.6

15.3

15.3

17.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

250/359/296

260/382/306

275/382/321

296/452/365

Turns out, having a V8 under the hood doesn’t really compromise the fuel economy! The V8 in the C63 S is, in fact, rated to be more frugal than the M3’s inline-6! Also, since the AMG has a bigger tank on board, the range is higher than that of the others in the competition today. When compared to the fellow 6-cylinders, the M3’s fuel economy doesn’t prove to be any better – returning one mpg less than the others. Does it bear any significance in the real world? Hardly. But on the sheet, the M3 is the least frugal.

2022 BMW M3 Interior

6.0/10

Taking a peek in the interiors of the M3, it is evident that the car is well endowed inside as well. everything from the door panels to the dashboard and seats is clean and is covered in the soft-touch dark material. There is the leather treatment done to these as well with contrast stitching breaking the monotone. Also lightening up the interior are aluminum trims on the doors and the dashboard which lend a nice luxurious touch. The dashboard’s aluminum trim has a carbon-fiber trim inside to signify the sporty character of the M3. The center console has piano black trim on the cubby door which attracts quite a lot of fingerprints.

2022 BMW M3 Sedan cockpit area

The seats in the M3 are drop-dead sexy. Even though they’re black all around, the design is worth digging. There’s a nice and big “M3” emblem near the headrest. The back is one piece and there is a lot of perforation to keep things nice and cool while carving the apexes on a track. Talking of carving apexes, the support that these seats provide is phenomenal! The seats hug you tight with their bolsters and still provide ample space to move around. There is full electric assist on the seats to adjust the seats however you like. Brownie points to BMW for giving a nice “M” treatment to the seatbelts as well! We expect the interior to remain the same as the 2021 model year with some improved noise-cancellation measures to reduce road noise.

Models

2022 BMW M3

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2021 Audi RS5

2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 S

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

1st Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.6/56/41.6

38.6/56.1/42.4

39.8/55.3/42.2

37.1/55.3/41.7

2nd Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.6/54.6/35.2

37.6/53.6/35.1

39.8/51.7/33.7

37.1/55/35.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

13

12

21.8

12.6

All the cars seat 5 and the M3, with a higher roof, do so comfortably as well. The front has ample space for people above 6 feet to sit in and in the rear, the car’s shoulder room makes fitting 3 people less of a task. The Audi racks up points in the rear cabin as well as the cargo space due to its “Sportback” nature and a hatchback at the rear.

2022 BMW M3 Exterior

6.0/10

The elephant in the room here was and still remains, the grille. Twiterattis went crazy and there was huge disapproval in other media as well after BMW unveiled the M3 and the M4 with the big grille back in 2020. Also, there were memes galore on Reddit claiming how, in some years, BMW will sell a grille with four wheels. Make fun of it as you like but to be on the side that likes the grille isn’t a bad thing after all. Yes, it does look a bit overwhelming, especially, in flashier colors but hey, we’ve had Lexus cars in the past with way more grille than BMW’s!

2022 BMW M3 Sedan 

In the flesh, the M3 is gorgeous! The headlights, the sculpted design on the front, the air vents, and the overall stance of the car give out a very menacing look. There is a lot of vent-y design in the front with the bonnet mimicking a couple of them as well. the sides are sculpted as well with a lot of lines flowing from the front door all the way to the rear doors. The aerodynamic engineering is evident on the side mirrors as well. The rear wheels are 20s while the front wheels are 19s which help with the stance as well as with the handling. In the rear, the bumper is very aggressive with all the skirts and the exhaust pipes coming out. There is a small lid-like spoiler on the trunk to help with the aero – as much as it can.

Models

2022 BMW M3

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2021 Audi RS5

2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 S

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,840

3,806

4,057

3,975

Length (inches)

189.1

182.5

188.3

187.3

Width (inches)

74.3

73.7

73.5

72.4

Height (inches)

56.4

56.1

55.1

56.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.7

N/A

N/A

4

Wheelbase (inches)

112.5

111

111.3

111.8

The Audi’s AWD system does add some bulk to the car while the C63 S is the sleekest of them all. The BMW is the longest and sits on a bigger wheelbase overall. Apart from these, it also is wider and higher than the other cars in the segment. The M3 looks bulky but the use of lighter materials here and there keeps the weight in check.

2022 BMW M3 Safety

7.0/10

Since the BMW M3 is the top of the range for the 3-Series, the German manufacturer has equipped it with everything they had in terms of safety. To start the discussion off with, multiple airbags, crumple zones, LATCH, ABS, etc. come as standard fitment on the M3. Apart from these, there is the M Drive Professional which adds M Traction Control to the equation. This system lets the driver select from 10 different levels of traction control, based on the driver’s bravery. Also, there is the standard BMW suite of driver-assist which includes features like frontal collision warning, active blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, speed limit info, and automatic high beams. There is also an impact sensor that disconnects the alternator, disables the battery, unlocks the doors, and turns out all the interior lights and hazard lights in case of a crash.

Talking of the safety ratings, there are none because the M3 is a new car and neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has still got the chance to crash-test the new M3. But, one thing is for sure that with a safety arsenal like this, the M3 is one of the cars which will keep the occupants scratch-less in the worst-case scenario.

2022 BMW M3 Competition

6.0/10

2022 BMW M3 vs 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The Giulia Quadrifoglio is more powerful and better sounding than the M3 due to the Ferrari-inspired V6 under the hood but when it comes to putting down the power efficiently, the BMW does so with zero difficulties. Apart from that, the M3 has a more polished interior, along with an impressive fit and finish quality.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2022 BMW M3 vs 2021 Audi RS5

A fellow German, the RS5 takes on the M3 with its fantabulous AWD system which is even more efficient in putting the power down but since the power advantage with the M3 is high, the car is faster and also a better handler on the track. Coupled with a 6-speed manual, the M3 also enables higher engagement and is comfier inside in terms of the space on offer.

2021 Audi RS5

2022 BMW M3 vs 2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 S

Armed with the biggest engine on the block, making the most power, the Mercedes gives a very tough competition to the M3. The M3, on the other hand, provides better handling and a sleeker silhouette. Also, the M3’s lower weight provides better stability in cornering and overall control.

2021 Mercedes-AMG C63 S

 

2022 BMW M3 Final Verdict

Like a fine whisky, the M3 is expected to get better as it ages. The engine might be a tad less frugal than the competition but offers the best driving dynamics, which coupled with its manual transmission, gives every purist their money’s worth. That is before we take its incredible interiors and its somewhat debates, however still pristine, exterior looks into consideration.

With an advanced suite of driver aids and electronics, the 2022 BMW M3 will make up a very strong argument for someone who is out in the market looking for an agile 5-seater sports sedan that offers the best dynamics.

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