This is the fastest version of BMW's 3-series coupe and the first generation of this car is the car that started what the M-lineup has evolved into. The engine is a naturally aspirated 4.0L V8 making 414 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and offering a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic.
Standard features include a limited slip differential and 18-inch wheels to put the power down. There are adaptive headlights to let you see as fast as you can go. Inside there are eight-way power adjustable sport seats with leather trim and seat heaters. There is dual-zone climate control and a 13-speaker Harman Kardon stereo with USB. The M3 coupe is rated to get 15.4 L/100 km city and 9.9 highway with the dual-clutch transmission or 15.2/9.7 with the six-speed manual. The convertible gets 15.6/10.1 and 15.7/10.1 respectively.
Full leather is available as an option, along with carbon fibre interior trim, or a choice of wood veneers. The Competition pack comes with dynamic damping control and 19-inch wheels, along with a 10 mm lowered suspension. An executive package includes adjustable width seats, reverse parking sensors, and an improved audio system with satellite radio. Navigation is available with the MDrive package.
The M3 has long been a big target, and as such now faces competition from a broad range of cars ranging from similar efforts of the Audi RS5, and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG to domestic attacks from the Cadillac CTS-V, but even the Chevrolet Corvette or Ford Mustang. But the M3's combination of a high-revving V8, crisp handling, and creature comforts make it a solid contender for best in class.
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