2017 BMW M3

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2017 MODEL

$64,000

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The BMW M3 sedan is an absolute legend. The M3 was first rolled out back in 1986 and ever since then it has been one of the hottest cars in the market. The M3 is the performance version of the 3 series luxury line up of the German automaker. This makes the M3 not just a sports car or a luxury car but a combination of the two and delivers the best of both the worlds. BMW tags its performance cars with the ‘M' badge.

The BMW M3 is priced at $64,000 and is offered in only one trim level. The inline 6-cylinder power plant of the M3 pumps out solid 425 horses and delivers 406 lb.-ft of torque. BMW has good news for the purists because this hot sedan comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. All the power is directed to the rear wheels.

The M3 is based on the popular 3 series luxury sedan and hence most of the features and details of M3 are straight from the 3 series luxury sedan. Yet there are a few elements that you can use to distinguish between the regular 3 series and the performance spec M3. Starting from the front, you can find the small ‘M' badge that sits on the signature BMW kidney grill of the M3. The front bumper has been completely redesigned for the M3 for better air intake and to enhance the aerodynamics of the car. At the rear, on the trunk you will find the M3 badge. But the best way to recognize a M3 is from its quad-bank exhaust note which is a pure joy for the ears.


7.9/10
Features

 

9.5/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The 2017 BMW M3 is priced at $64,000 and is offered in only one trim level. The inline 6-cylinder power plant of the M3 pumps out solid 425 horses and delivers 406 lb.-ft of torque. BMW has some good news for the purists because this hot sedan comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. All the power is directed to the rear wheels.

2017 BMW M3 Features

7.9/10

The M3 is offered only in one trim level. In fact, the M3 is the performance trim level of the regular 3 series luxury sedan.

Trim

M3

MSRP

$64,000

Key Features

Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Sports Tuned Adaptive Suspension

Fully Automatic Projector Beam Hi High-Intensity with High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, DVD-Audio, External Memory Control and 20 Gb Internal Memory
Digital Signal Processor
Graphic Equalizer
Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
Audio Theft Deterrent
Real-Time Traffic Display
BMW Online Full Service Internet Access

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M3 is a name that lives on the minds and tongues of enthusiasts. As for the lack of trim options, these choices are best kept simple.

2017 BMW M3 Engine

9.5/10

The heart and soul of any M-badged BMW is its engine, and the 2017 M3's twin-turbo inline-six is certainly a force to be reckoned with. - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Under the hood, the M3 gets a 3-liter, inline 6-cylinder, twin turbo engine. This mighty engine churns out whopping 425 horsepower and delivers 406 lb-ft of max torque. The max power figures come at 5500 rpm while the max torque figures come at 1850 rpm ensuring a torquey low end and a punchy mid-range.

The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission which is something enthusiast will certainly cherish. All the power is sent to the rear wheels via BMW’s advanced rear differential that uses dynamic stability control technology.

Models

BMW M3

Cadillac ATS V sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG c 43 4MATIC

MSRP

$64,000

$60,695

$52,000

Engine

3.0L Inline 6-Cylinder M TwinPower Turbo

3.6L V6 Twin Turbo SIDI, DOHC, VVT 

3.0L V6 Biturbo

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

9-speed automatic

Horsepower

425 hp @ 5500 rpm

464 hp @ 5850 rpm

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

406 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

384 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

The M3 is neither the most powerful car in its competition nor is it the least powerful. The American rival of this, the Cadillac ATS V sedan uses a bigger engine and thus makes 39 horses more than the M3. Then there is Mercedes C43 AMG, which uses 3-liter V6 engine but it makes 63 horses less than what the M3 makes.

Acceleration

The BMW M3 delivers some impressive acceleration timings. The M3 can go from a standstill to 60 MPH in just 3.9 seconds. Take the M3 to a drag strip and the brawny Bavarian will shoot itself to the quarter-mile mark in just 12.2 seconds. The finely tuned engine and intelligently designed aerodynamics help the car deliver these exceptional acceleration timings.

Models BMW M3 Cadillac ATS V sedan Mercedes Benz AMG c 43 4MATIC
0-60 MPH 3.9 sec 3.8 sec 4.6 sec
Quarter mile 12.2 sec 12.2 sec 12.7 sec
Engine 3.0L 3.6L 3.0L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 8.8 9.3 7.7

Comparing the acceleration timings of the M3 with its rivals, the M3 is loses to the Cadillac ATS V in terms of 0-60 MPH acceleration only by a small margin of 0.1 seconds. On the other hand, the M3 beats the Mercedes Benz AMG C 43 4MATIC both in terms of quarter-mile acceleration and 0-60 MPH acceleration.

Ride and Handling

The M3 is a luxury sports sedan that gets the dominant genes of a sports car and the recessive genes of a luxury car. As a result, the Beemer offers some excellent driving dynamics to the driver. The car handles really well and the steering is also very sharp. The car is quite large but the advanced technology of BMW that calculates wheel position and yaw rate make maneuvering the car an easy task.

The adaptive dampers of this performance sedan give you great confidence during high-speed. The characteristics of the car are such that it is always ready to dive into sharp corners. But the stiffer tuning of the suspension sacrifices the ride quality and you will certainly get a bump or pot hole through your spine while you drive around.

Braking

Good braking abilities of the car only give you the confidence to exploit the prowess of a powerful engine to the core. BMW understands this and wants you to enjoy the engine to the fullest and so they have equipped the M3 with a strong set of brakes.

Upfront, the M3 gets 15.0 inches diameter discs and at the rear, it gets 14.6 inches diameter discs. If you slam the brakes at 60 MPH, the car will come to a halt at a distance of 101 feet. 

Model BMW M3 Cadillac ATS V sedan Mercedes Benz AMG c 43 4MATIC
Brake Front (in.) 15.0 14.5 14.2
Brake Rear (in.) 14.6 13.3 12.6
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3540 3812 3727
60-0 MPH (ft.) 101 101 105

The BMW gets the biggest set of brakes in the segment and is followed by the ATS V sedan and the AMG C43. In terms of stopping distances, both the BMW and Cadillac have equal stats and come to a halt at a distance of 101 feet from 60 MPH. The Benz, on the other hand, has a stopping distance of 105 feet. The low curb weight of the BMW helps it to achieve the decent braking stats.

2017 BMW M3 Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Fuel economy isn’t something you should be looking for when you are planning to buy an ‘M’ badged car. Nevertheless, if you take the BMW through the city, it will return you a fuel economy figures of 17 MPG. Take it on the highway and the BMW will go for 26 miles for every gallon of fuel. The M3 gets a combined fuel economy rating of 20 MPG.

Model BMW M3 Cadillac ATS V sedan Mercedes Benz AMG c 43 4MATIC
MPG (city) 17 17 20
MPG (highway) 26 23 28
MPG (combined) 20 19 23

The Cadillac, being the more powerful car gets a lower combined rating of 19 MPG. The Mercedes Benz though, being low on power delivers the better combined fuel economy rating of 23 MPG.

2017 BMW M3 Interior

8.0/10

Keyless entry and ignition are standard and the interior comes well equipped with 10-way power front seats (memory for driver), cloth and leather upholstery, three-stage heated front seats, carbon-fiber and gloss-black trim, and split-folding rear seats. - MotorTrend

Seating and Comfort

The M3 is a 4 door luxury sedan and can accommodate 5 passengers. It offers sporty bolstered bucket seats to enhance your race track driving experience. The M3 has good cabin space, both at the front and rear. All in all, the M3 offers enough space for all the 5 passengers in the car and sitting in the car for long distances won’t be a problem at all.

Model

BMW M3

Cadillac ATS V sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG c 43 4MATIC

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.3/55.1/42.0

37.6/54.1/42.3

N/A

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/55.1/35.1

35.1/51.1/33.5

N/A

The M3 offers the best space on the inside when compared to its rival. The closest rival of the M3, the Cadillac ATS V, offers less space than the than it.

Infotainment System

The 2017 model year of the M3 gets an updated version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. The infotainment system gets an 8.8 inches touchscreen display that has some crisp visuals on offers and displays all the information about the car. The infotainment system also constitutes:

  • 16 speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound system
  • MP3 player
  • DVD audio
  • AUX audio input jack
  • Sirius XM Satellite radio system

You also get speed compensated volume control which increases and decreases the volume of the audio system depending upon your driving system. You also have wireless Bluetooth connectivity on offer.

Interior Features

The M3 is loaded with tech and some of its tech features are listed below.

  • Rear power windows
  • 16 speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound audio system
  • Audio theft deterrent
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Leather-wrapped dashboard and steering wheel
  • Power adjusted front seats

Cargo Volume

Being a sedan, you do expect the M3 to have a decent amount of luggage space. And guess what, the M3 does live up to your expectations and offers a decent cargo volume of 12cubic. The trunk size is not bad but isn’t really great at the same time. The trunk can swallow in a golf kit or two medium sized bags.

Model

BMW M3

Cadillac ATS V sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG c 43 4MATIC

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

12.0

10.4

15.4

The Mercedes Benz AMG C 43 beats the BMW M3 in terms of luggage space. The Merc offers a cargo volume of 15.4 cubic feet. The Cadillac ATS V on the other hand only offers 10.4 cubic feet of cargo volume.

2017 BMW M3 Exterior

8.6/10

"The 2017 BMW M3 is a four-door, five-passenger high-performance sedan that's based on the 3 Series."-Edmunds

Dimensions and Weight

The BMW M3 looks very striking and sharp credit to its design and proportionate dimensions. The M3 is 184.5 inches long, a fine line between mid and compact size. The M3 is offered with a low ground clearance of 4.7-inches which enhances the aerodynamics but you will certainly scratch the floor when you hit a tall speed bump or a deep pothole the car hits. The M3 weighs around 3540 lbs. which is pretty decent for a 4-door luxury sport-sedan.

Model

BMW M3

Cadillac ATS V sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG c 43 4MATIC

Curb weight (lbs.)

3540

3812

3727

Length(in)

184.5

184.0

185.0

Width(in)

73.9

71.3

71.3

Height(in)

56.1

55.7

69.0

Ground clearance (in)

4.7

5.4

4.4

Wheelbase (in)

110.7

109.3

111.8

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/63.1

60.5/60.4

62.0/61.0

The Mercedes Benz is the tallest car in the segment at 69 inches and is followed by the M3 and the ATS V. The BMW M3 is the lightest car of the lot and is followed by the Mercedes Benz and the Cadillac that weigh 3727 lbs. and 3812 lbs. respectively.

2017 BMW M3 Safety

The safety features of the BMW M3 are listed below:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • BMW Assist eCall Emergency Sos
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor

NHTSA and IIHS do not rate the car separately from the 3-series sedan.

2017 BMW M3 Competition

The BMW M3 sedan is an absolute legend. The M3 was first rolled out back in 1986 and ever since then, it has been one of the hottest cars in the market. The M3 is the performance version of the 3 series luxury line up of the German automaker. 

BMW M3 Sedan vs Cadillac ATS V

The Cadillac uses a larger 3.6-liter engine and thus makes 39 horses more than the M3. Moreover, the ATS V is around $3300 cheaper than the M3. In spite of being underpowered, the BMW has performance figures equal to that of the ATS V. The M3 has also got more head, shoulder and legroom and cargo volume on offer. Moreover, the BMW badge has more snob value than the Cadillac.

Now, if you are that patriotic person who only wants to buy an American car, then the Cadillac ATS V is the car you should go for. If you really don’t care about the origins of your car and are ready to stretch your budget then the M3 is the more sensible car of the two.

BMW M3 Sedan vs Mercedes-AMG C 43

The C 43 AMG is another luxury sports sedan from the German automaker, Mercedes Benz. Just like the Beemer, the C 43 is also based on the C Class compact luxury. The AMG C-class gets a retuned engine, much more powerful compared to the base car. The C 43 is 43 horses deficient to the M3 but also costs $12000 less than the M3. The Mercedes also happens the slower car of the two as a result of its smaller engine. On the flip side, the Merc offers the better fuel economy figures and offers a larger trunk.

Both the cars make justice to their pricing. At $52000, the Mercedes is a great buy. But if shelling out $12000 more isn’t a problem for you, then you can get a much better package in the form of the BMW M3. We can’t really declare a winner here, both the cars are equally good for their pricing and ultimately it comes to you on which one you can afford.

2017 BMW M3 Final Verdict

Pre-eminent performance is what BMW offers with the M3. The M3 is an icon in true sense and is a no nonsense car. It looks great, drives great and at $64000 it also comes at a great price. The M3 is one of the very few cars in the market that offer you luxury, performance and practicality at the same time. Whether it is the city streets or the highways or the race tracks, the M3 is here to offer you, as BMW says it, sheer driving pleasure.

Pros

Powerful engine.

Superb handling.

Grumpy exhaust note.

Cons

Jerky gear shifts.

Bumpy ride quality.

Few details to distinguish between the M3 and the regular 3 series luxury sedan.

What's New?

Automatic ride control

Updated BMW iDrive infotainment system.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$64000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

163 mph

drivetrain

RWD

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

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/15 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

110.7 in.

length

184.5 in.

width

73.9 in.

height

56.1 in.

curb weight

3540 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

payload capacity

980 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/26 mpg

highway range

410.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

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Yas Marina Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

9.5

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.6

Driving

8.9

Comfort

7.8

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 BMW M3 4dr Sedan

4dr Sedan

power
425 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$64,000


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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 5 NA