The BMW 3 Series has long been considered a compact sports coupe icon. And under the M division treatment, this athletic vehicle rises to a new level and known as the BMW M3. In the Bimmer world, the M is the company’s Motorsports performance division. These fun-loving engineer tweaks BMW car engine to generate more power, upgrade the suspension for more agile handling and adds sporty exterior and interior design elements.
For two decades the BMW M3 has become a favorite for automotive enthusiasts who looking for sports-car performance and handling from a true rear-wheel-drive car. Though smoothly while performing daily driving, the 2018 BMW M3 turns into a back-road burner when conditions allow and give the driver a chance to strike corners with precision and rocket out of them with vigorously.
The rear-wheel-drive 2018 BMW M3 is backed by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that generates 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. There are two transmissions available: a standard six-speed manual with automated rev-matching or an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission (M-DCT) with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The Competition package boosting the 2018 BMW M3 responses and engine output to 444 hp and further tuning the suspension and differential. It also includes lightweight 20-inch forged wheels.
According to BMW, the 2018 M3 with M-DCT will reach 60 mph from zero in 3.9 seconds, and the six-speed will do the trick in 4.1 seconds.
An automatic engine stop-start is standard on every M3, which shuts off the engine to save fuel while the car is stopped. EPA estimates fuel economy for the 2018 BMW M3 with the standard manual transmission at 20 mpg combined (17 city/25 highway) and 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) for the M-DCT.
The 2018 BMW M3 has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $67,495. Opting for the M-DCT add an extra $2,900. Fully loaded M3 can reach $80,000.