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2 of 5 (40%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 BMW M3 Overview
BMW's high-performance M3 features V-8 power and returns as a coupe or convertible. The four-seat M3 serves as the most powerful version of the 3 Series, with a 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 and aggressive styling that's common to BMW's M cars. Competition includes the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Lexus IS-F and Chevrolet Corvette.
Except for the chassis, doors, trunk lid and fuel-filler cap, BMW says the M3 doesn't have any other parts in common with the regular 3 Series. BMW calls the bulge on the M3's aluminum hood a "powerdome." It's flanked by two air intake accents, one on each side of the bulge. The roof is made of carbon fiber to save weight and lower the center of gravity. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, a quad-tipped dual exhaust, and lightweight 18-inch wheels with performance tires are standard (available 19-inch wheels).
The driver can choose from a multitude of suspension and engine preferences using M Drive, which controls the electronic stability system, steering response, ride comfort and throttle response. It varies the settings to make the M3 suited for either everyday driving or track duty. The interior is leather-clad, highlighted with a choice of carbon fiber or wood trim. Push-button start and rain-sensing wipers are standard. Options include a moonroof, navigation system with iDrive, and iPod/USB adapter.
Under the Hood
With 414 hp, the 4.0-liter V-8 revs up to 8,400 rpm. BMW's double-vanos variable valve timing is used, as are individual throttle bodies for each cylinder that provide improved throttle response. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual with paddle shifters is available. BMW says the M3 goes from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and is electronically limited to a 155 mph top speed.
As you would expect from a performance car, large four-wheel disc brakes bring the M3 to a halt. Safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags (coupe), and head extensions for side-impact airbags (convertible).
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com