2011 BMW M3

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M3 MSRP: $ 55900.00
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Description:
Pros:
  • Stupendous, high-revving V8 engine
  • Audacious handling
  • Always the benchmark by which other sports cars are compared
  • Outstanding dual-clutch and manual transmissions
  • Best value in its class
Cons:
  • Very thirsty V8
  • Feels heavy
Ruling: The BMW M3 is an outstanding performer at home on the open road or at the race track. With impressive road handling dynamics, a powerful 414 hp V8 engine, and a driver experience that few cars can equal, the M3 is a favorite that is coveted by enthusiasts everywhere.

The 2011 BMW M3 comes equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 414-horsepower at 8,300 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm. Though a six-speed manual transmission is standard, an M Double-clutch Transmission with Drivelogic is optional. BMW reports that the 2010 M3 has a top speed of 155 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with the coupe, 4.8 seconds with the sedan, and 5.1 seconds with the convertible.

EPA estimates that the BMW M3 nets a city/highway fuel economy of 14/20 mpg.

Assisting performance for the rear-wheel drive BMW M3 is vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering that BMW calls M Servotronic. The M3 also features a sport-tuned M suspension system. Electronic damping control, is available as an option for the BMW M3. Additionally, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) helps the M3 maintain road composure, while an Anti-look Brake System (ABS) and Dynamic Brake Control bring it to a safe and secure halt.

The 2011 BMW M3 is available in three body styles: coupe, sedan and convertible hardtop.

CarReview's opinion of the 2011 BMW M3

Likes:
  • Smooth lines, appeals to the female eye
  • Bavarian Corvette in four seat clothing
  • Anti-bling, subtle cues says this one means business
Dislikes:
  • Thirsty
  • Uninspired interior
  • Bit of a Heavyweight

Verdict: The latest M3 coupe is probably the best of the series, save the very first E30 introduced in 1988. With the latest transmission and engine combination, it would be difficult to find such a stylish coupe or sedan that can carry four adults around for street driving and easily transition into a track master on the weekend.

A point all of the female test drivers made: nice car, but they would never be able to use half the car’s capability, so an E92 328i or 335is would suit them just fine. If you have a short commute and plan on hitting the track on the weekend, this might be the dual-purpose car for you. Outside of a few interior shortcomings, this M3 is about the best all-around package out there, so long as you can afford the $68k (as equipped) ticket for entry.

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Reviewed by:
bustamove



Review Date
September 1, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Less than 1 month

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Year / Model Reviewed:
2011 M3 Coupe

Strengths:
Power and speed that will get you in trouble with the law. Superb handling on the road and on the track. Super quick double-clutch transmission.

Styling of the coupe is enough to separate itself from its 335is brother with its fender and hood bulges, aerodynamic treatment of the front and rear, and the carbon fiber roof.

Weaknesses:
Stiff suspension, even on the softest setting, can wear you down on long trips.

Interior is plane-Jane compared to an Audi A4. BMW interiors have always been more function over beauty.

Accelerating off the line requires a very, very smooth style. Otherwise, you experience violent drivetrain lash and a very rough start.

There is nothing low profile about the M3. Be prepared to turn heads wherever you travel. And that includes extra attention from law enforcement officers.

Summary:
If you have an enthusiasm for driving beyond getting groceries and taking the kids to their ball practice, the M3 does a lot more than put a big grin on your face.

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Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang, Audi S4, M-B AMG 63, Nissan GT-R




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