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2024 BMW M3 Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

The BMW M3 has a madness in it. Its standard drivetrain bottles 473 horsepower from a twin-turbo straight-six, shoots it through a six-speed manual transmission, and wastes no time delivering it to the rear tires. And this is just the beginning. Offered only with an eight-speed automatic, the M3 Competition ups horsepower to 503 and is offered with your choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. With all that power, you’d think the M3 wouldn’t be able to slow down, but even when driven at law-abiding speeds, it’s quite enjoyable. While rivals like the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio sometimes feel more refined and less punchy, there’s no wrong choice between the three brands’ super sedans. For an even fairer experience, there’s the new-for-2024 M3 CS. It sheds an estimated 75 pounds off the base M3 and hammers the pavement with 543 horsepower and all-wheel drive.

What’s new for 2024?

The BMW M3 only gets crazier for 2024 with a limited-edition M3 CS model that boosts horsepower to 543 from 503. Lightweight materials shave an estimated 75 pounds off the normal M3. It will use the eight-speed automatic with four-wheel drive, ensuring lightning-fast launches. The M3 CS gets its own suspension tuning, as well as red or black brake calipers behind the M light-alloy wheels. And of course, M3 CS’s exclusive M Dynamic Mode offers an aggressive track driving mode. Equipped with Michelin gummy Pilot Sport Cup 2 lane-focused tires, a no-cost option, this will likely be the fastest M3 we’ve ever tested.

Prices and which one to buy

$75,295

M3 competition

$79,595

M3CS

$119,695

It’s a shame that the more powerful M3 Competition is only offered with an automatic transmission, because the six-speed manual on the base version is immensely satisfying. We understand why some people would be attracted to the M3 Comp – its extra power and available four-wheel drive ($4100 extra) for starters – but we prefer the one with the manual – which also drives better. Aside from the subjective exterior and interior styling choices, we’d recommend opting for the M Drive Professional package (with its on-board drive analyzer and lap timer) and the M Driver’s package (unlocks a higher top speed and includes a high performance driving class in) .

Engine, transmission and performance

As with the M4 coupe, the M3 sedan features a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six. The regular version sends 473 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. A six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered. The M3 Competition’s engine is even more powerful, producing 503 horses and 479 pound-feet, but it’s only offered with the eight-speed automatic. The M3 Comp comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but it’s also available with an all-wheel drive system that includes a rear-drive mode. The limited production M3 CS increases power to 543 with 479 pound-feet of torque. Every M3 also features adaptive dampers and adjustable brake pedal feel. The sedan can be equipped with even stronger carbon ceramic brakes, which have cool gold-painted calipers. We first drive of the regular M3 and the Competition variant showcased their ability to pull ominous drifts, which was encouraged by the optional M Drift Analyzer (part of the M Drive professional package). We also fell in love with the satisfying shifts of the manual transmission, and we were equally pleased with the engine’s tenacious acceleration. However, when compared to the noisy Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifogliothe M3 is not as immersive, connected-to-the-car driving experience.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The M3 sedan is rated at up to 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive drops its highway estimate to 22 mpg. Its real-world highway fuel economy was stellar, beating its EPA estimate by earning 32 mpg on our highway test loop—which is part of our extensive testing regime. For more information on the M3’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

Aside from the unique “M” badging and distinct trim details, the M3 interior is basically the same as in the regular 3 Series. This means the M3 has the same design, passenger space and outward visibility as its more pedestrian counterpart. While M cars are known for their hearty performance, they also match or surpass the top-of-the-line 3 Series in terms of interior materials and build quality. Not surprisingly, the M3 has more carbon fiber and microsuede accents for a racier aesthetic. The driver faces a large curved digital gauge cluster that will switch to M View in the sportier driving modes; they’re activated by prominent red buttons on the M3’s chunky steering wheel. Switching to M View adds a sliding indicator and replaces the regular tachometer with one that’s easier to read. A set of heavily bolstered, lightweight front seats are available (standard on the competition) and offer incredible support without sacrificing much comfort, although this may not hold true on long road trips.

Infotainment and connectivity

The M3’s infotainment system runs through a 12.3-inch touchscreen that is manipulated primarily by a dial and buttons on the center console. The system has multiple charging ports as well as a variety of standard and optional features. Good luck, BMW no longer requires a paid subscription for Apple CarPlay and eventually adopted Android Auto. Both come standard with a Harman/Kardon sound system and a one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. The system can be optioned with gesture controls, a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot and a wireless charging pad.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

While driver engagement is BMW’s main priority with its M cars, the sedan has a list of standard and optional driver assistance technology.

For more information on the M3’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control available

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

BMW includes a limited and powertrain warranty that matches rivals like Audi and Mercedes-AMG. It also offers longer complimentary scheduled maintenance than those alternatives, but it’s still shorter than what Jaguar provides.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles

Specifications

2021 BMW M3 Competition
Vehicle type: front engine, rear wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $73,795/$93,495
Options: M carbon-ceramic brakes, $8150; Executive Package, $3000; silverstone/black merino full leather, $2550; M Driver’s Package, $2500, Tanzanite Blue II Metallic Paint, $1950; M Drive Professional, $900, front ventilated seats, $350; individual shade line lights, $300

ENGINE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 183 inches32993 cm3
Power: 503 @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 479 @ 2750 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 15.7-inch ventilated cross-drilled carbon ceramic disc/15.0-inch ventilated cross-drilled carbon ceramic disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
F: 275/35R-19 (100Y) ★
R: 285/30R-20 (99Y) ★

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 112.5 inches
Length: 189.1 inches
Width: 74.3 inches
Height: 56.4 inches
Passenger volume: 96 feet3
Hull volume: 13 feet3
Curb weight: 3820 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.5 sec
100 mph: 7.6 sec
1/4-mile: 11.6 sec @ 124 mph
130 mph: 12.8 sec
150 mph: 18.3 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.2 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 4.5 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.7 sec
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 180 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 150 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 297 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 1.03 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 22 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 32 mpg
Highway range: 490 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 19/16/23 mpg

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