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Life doesn’t get much faster than the autobahn inspired 2012 BMW M3 luxury coupe and convertible.

Previously available as a sedan, BMW drops the model temporarily making way for a redesigned version which should appear in 2012. For now, the 2012 BMW M3 coupe and convertible will compete against the Lexus IS-F, Audi S4, and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

The reason you want an M3: it’s fast – real fast. A 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 generates 295 pounds-feet of torque and revs to a sky-high 8,400 rpm for a zero-to-60 time of 4.8 seconds. Double-vanos variable valve timing and individual throttle bodies for each cylinder improve throttle response aid in the overall performance of the M3. Choose between a six-speed manual transmission and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual with paddle shifters. Fuel economy ratings are on par with the power ratings at 13-14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

It’s easy to tell an M3 apart from other BMW 3 Series vehicles with its distinct bulge (called a ‘powerdome’) on the hood and two large, lower front air intakes, which add to the sleek, yet muscle-oriented design, as do the flared front and rear fenders. Other standard exterior equipment includes an M rear apron with diffuser, M quad polished exhaust tips, exterior side-view mirrors in body color with double bridge in black, front and rear spoilers (except on convertible models), carbon-fiber roof, xenon adaptive low- and high-beam headlights, and double spoke Satin Chrome finish M 19-inch light alloy wheels. The convertible features a power-folding retractable hardtop with an integrated rear-window defroster.

As menacing as the 2012 BMW M3 is on the exterior and under the hood, it is just as sharp and modern on the inside with Novillo leather upholstery, power-adjustable front sport seats, Titanium Shadow interior trim, push button start/stop, M-design instrument cluster with titanium-finish-ringed instrument dials, door sills with M3 logo, and ambient lighting as standard equipment. A moonroof, heated front seats, navigation system with iDrive, iPod and USB adapter, and a 16-speaker, 825-watt premium sound system are optional.

Safety is a big part of the 2012 BMW M3 and comes in the form of the M Mobility System, adaptive brake lights, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags (coupe), head extensions for side-impact airbags (convertible) and large four-wheel-disc brakes all as standard equipment.

Go fast and furious in the performance-oriented 2012 BMW M3 coupe and convertible.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 13 - 14 MPG
  • Highway: 20 MPG

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

6 of 7 (85%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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