2015 BMW M3 Overview
- Redesigned for 2015
- New turbocharged six-cylinder engine
- 175 pounds lighter for better performance
After taking a year off, the 2015 BMW M3 returns with a vengeance offering greater performance and fuel economy.
The M3 is similar in styling to the 3-Series of sedans, with slightly more aggressive body work including large front air intakes, a cutout on the hood, and a trunk lid spoiler. More carbon fiber can now be found throughout, including the roof, which helps contribute to 175 pounds of weight loss for the new M3. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, and wider at the rear for better traction from the drive wheels. Rain-sensing windshield wipers, quad tailpipes, xenon adaptive headlights with dynamic auto-leveling are also standard.
Like many of its German counterparts, the M3 has downsized its engine during this redesign moving from a naturally aspirated V-8 to a turbocharged V-6 that actually bumps up the power. The new engine is a 425-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six that makes 406 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a good old fashioned six-speed manual or a twin-clutch, seven-speed automatic. The smaller engine also helps fuel economy, which checks in at an estimated 17/26 mpg city/highway and easily outpaces the old models’ figures (13-14/20 mpg).
Inside, the M3 combines sporty elements with luxury materials and fit-and-finish. The front seats are 10-way powered M sport seats with power adjustable side bolsters. And in case you forget what you’re driving, the liberal application of M plaques and symbols around the cabin will remind you. Standard features include a 6.5-inch screen, navigation, HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, iDrive, and a USB port.
Standard safety features include adaptive cruise control, adaptive brake lights, BMW Assist eCall with an SOS button and automatic collision notifications, and BMW remote services.