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The BMW M3 has been produced by the BMW M motorsport division since 1985. Although it was built in coupe, sedan, and convertible body types earlier, modern M3 models are available only as sedans.
The BMW M3 and M4 (coupe) models share many features. For example, they have the same dimensions (front track is 1,579 mm; rear track is 1,603 mm; wheelbase is 2,812 mm), chassis, and powertrain components. However, the M4 cars are 41 mm lower and 23 kg lighter than the M3s.
The BMW M3 is a renowned car in motorsport. In fact, it can rival the Porsche 911 in a number of victories and titles. The manufacturer took this fact into account and created something truly unique – a family and sports car in one.
If you want to purchase a convertible or coupe from the M series, select from the M4 model range that’s the M3’s sibling. The 2015 BMW M3 is available only as a sedan and shows its relation to the 3 Series with an athletic body, quadruple exhaust pipes, and rear-end spoiler. Moreover, the car looks stockier probably due to the wheels placed further from each other with rather protuberant arches above them. Also, there’s a power dome on the bonnet right in the centre.
The 2015 BMW M3 is much lighter than its predecessors. It’s lost about 80 kg in comparison with the model produced earlier due to the usage of such lightweight materials as carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (in the cardan shaft, boot lid, and roof) and aluminium (in the bonnet and front fenders). Weight reduction contributes to improved fuel economy and emissions rate as well as agility and balance on the road.
Interior & Comfort
The 2015 BMW M3 is similar to the manufacturer’s other models inside. By no means it’s a disadvantage. It’s a guarantee that the M3’s cabin is of high quality, beautifully designed, well equipped, practical, and comfortable to travel in.
The BMW M3’s cabin, which contains soft-touch upholstery and aluminium and carbon fibre inserts, is spacious enough to accommodate 5 passengers in heavenly supportive sports seats trimmed with Merino leather (the front seats are power-adjustable with side bolsters). The rear seats offer lots of head- and legroom as well as easy access. 3 people can sit there. However, they might feel a little cramped due to a transmission tunnel running underneath (the BMW M3 is rear-wheel drive). Still, not very long journeys must be fairly good for those three at the back.
A driver of the BMW M3 sits behind a sports steering wheel and enjoys an unrestricted view of the road and easily accessible and legible dashboard controls. The 2015 BMW M3 uses the iDrive system represented by a huge display and rotary knob atop of the transmission tunnel. With the help of it, a driver can control almost all the infotainment processes the car offers, including DAB radio, satellite navigation, USB/Bluetooth connectivity, etc.
The BMW M3 is a perfect variant of a family vehicle. It’s comfortable, capacious, fuel-efficient, with good cargo capacity of 480 litres. Small storage compartments across the cabin count a large glovebox, cup holders, door pockets, and recesses for electronic devices.
Powertrain & Fuel Economy
The 2015 BMW M3 comes with a new engine, which supersedes a 4.0-litre V8 its predecessor was powered by. A 3.0-litre 6-cylinder engine with two turbochargers adds 9 bhp and 40 per cent of torque generating 425 bhp and 550 Nm in total.
It can be paired with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed M double-clutch automatic transmission. If the M3 is equipped with the latter, it can accelerate to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds; with a manual transmission, it takes a couple of milliseconds longer. The BMW M3’s top speed is 155 mph (electronically limited).
The BMW M3 of the year 2015 boasts much better fuel efficiency and emissions rate if compared with the previously produced M3 models. The car returns 34.0 mpg and emanates 194 g/km of CO2 (with an auto transmission). Note that the car gives a driver an opportunity to regulate its fuel economy by opting for a particular driving mode – Comfort, Sport, or Sport+.
Cars with such impressive performance as in the BMW M3 must be equipped with a full range of safety features. The 2015 BMW M3 surely is. The car earned the highest score (5 stars) in the Euro NCAP crash testing. Let’s find out for what.
The BMW M3 offers its passengers airbags (6), ISOFIX child-seat mounting points as well as preventative pedestrian protection and lane departure warning. An illumination system is represented by high beam assist, dynamic braking lights, and adaptive (LED) headlamps. The car keeps its balance on poor surface and/or under nasty weather conditions thanks to availability of ABS and traction and stability controls.
The 2015’s M3 got improved (carbon ceramic) brakes and huge grippy tyres for a refined braking system. Also, the car offers autonomous emergency braking, corner braking control, and forward collision mitigation.
Moreover, there’s Active Crash Protection safety feature in the BMW M3. If the system determines that a driver hasn’t taken appropriate measures and a crash is inevitable, it tries to salvage the situation by making the seat belts tighter and shutting the windows and sunroof.
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