BMW's 2017 version of the compact sedan has some new competition and technology to keep up with the times and keep fresh! Bavaria keeps the three-pedal dream alive – as others have failed to include in a manual option.
This model's most key competitors include the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Mercedes-AMG C63, Cadillac ATS-V.
The base price is £64,995 and the As-Tested Price is $82,845.
Some highlights of the BMW M3 includes the fact that they have continued with the same 425-hp turbocharged I6 as last year and the same option of manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. In addition, the Adaptive M Suspension is now standard with three adjustable modes. The steering, throttle and traction control each have three models as well, making the total 81 different combinations for driving!
The drivetrain for this model is a 3.0-liter DOHC turbocharged I6, RWD six-speed manual.
The 0-60moh sprint happens in an estimated 4.0 seconds, and the output is 425 hp at 5,500 rpm, and 406 lb-ft at 1,850 rpm.
A writer at Autoweek had this to say about the 2017 BMW M3 model:
"The last M3 we had came with run-flat tires making the ride harsher than a go-kart at Baja. But with these Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, all of that has fallen away. I kept it in sport mode for all four parameters (throttle, suspension, traction and steering) all weekend and it wasn’t harsh at all.
This thing is powerful, and it feels like more than 425 ponies. There’s just a hint of lag at low rpm, but after that, it flies. And it revs high, too. At about 5,750-6,000, you feel like you should shift, but it’ll go above 7,000. The stick shift could be a little more solid, but the gates are true and easy to hit. One gripe: Reverse is to the left of first, which means that sometimes you grab R instead of 1 when you’re trying to take off with some gusto. I also almost hit it when downshifting to second. Reverse needs to be in a different spot, or it needs a collar so it won’t accidentally go there.
The carbon ceramic brakes feel perfect, but they're a little squeaky, even off the pedal; unless you plan frequent track days, they may be more hassle than they're worth.
Yes, the M3 starts at a healthy $65K, and ours is optioned to a cringeworthy $82K, but I swear I’d still look for a no-options model. This has a $2,000 lighting package, a $4,000 convenience package and a $1,700 safety package, in addition to the eight grand in brakes. With none of those things, the M3 would still be an incredible ride. A stripper model wouldn’t be easy to find, but it'd be worth a look."