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BMW M3 SALOON

M3 Competition 4dr Step Auto [Ultimate/M Pro Pk]

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions230.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic start/stop system
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system with 12.3" instrument display and high resolution control display
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Door/boot open warning light
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging
  • Head up Display
  • Lights on warning
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • Oil temperature gauge
  • On board computer
  • On board diagnostics
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Outside temperature display
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed limiter
  • Stop/start button
  • Tyre puncture warning system
  • Wifi hotspot preparation

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices
  • BMW gesture control
  • BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glazing
  • Adjustable intermittent wipers
  • Auto dimming driver's door mirror
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Black chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Black model designation badges
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line with extended contents
  • BMW shadowline lights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof
  • Day running lights
  • Door mirror integrated indicators
  • Door sill finishers with aluminium inserts
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front and rear windows with one touch/convenient open/close function
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heat protection, sun protection glazing
  • Heated rear window with automatic switch off
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High gloss black frameless kidney grille with M badge
  • High-gloss black diffuser
  • LED Headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • M rear spoiler in high gloss black
  • Rain sensor + automatic driving lights control
  • Rear fog lights
  • Shark fin roof aerial

Interior Features

  • 12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • 3 spoke leather M multi-function steering wheel
  • 40:20:40 manually split folding rear seat with two tilt positions for backrest
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Ambient lighting
  • Compartment in front of cupholder
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors + covers
  • Electric front seats + driver memory
  • Front door storage bins with bottle holder
  • Front interior light
  • Front isofix attachment + airbag deactivation
  • Front/rear door armrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Individual anthracite headlining
  • Isofix on 2nd row outer seats
  • Lockable/illuminated glovebox
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • M designation short gear shift lever
  • M Sport seats with with illuminated model designation
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear storage compartment in multifunction centre console with sliding cover
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Three zone automatic air conditioning
  • Through loading system
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment

Packs

  • Connected package professional - M3
  • M Pro pack - M3
  • Ultimate pack - M3

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • ABS/EBD
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Brake fade compensation
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Crash sensor
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Stability Control with M Dynamic mode
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • ESP
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Thatcham cat 1 remote alarm

Technical

  • Adaptive M Sport suspension
  • M differential lock
  • M Drive Professional including track mode, laptimer & traction control
  • M Sport differential

Trim

  • Carbon fibre interior trim with black chrome finish

Wheels

  • M mobility system (flat-tyre repair system)

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Paintwork

Safety

Trim

Wheels

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    230
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    232
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    229
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    203
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    204
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    202
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    189
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    413
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    421
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    410
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    219
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    218

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2993
  • Compression Ratio
    9.3:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    90
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TWIN TURBO
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    18.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    18.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    18
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    9.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    28
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    34
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    34
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    15.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    15.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    15.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    29.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    510
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    M3 Comp[Ultm/Pro Pk]
  • Generation Mark
    7
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    41E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    3.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    510
  • Engine Power - KW
    375
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    479
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    66.3
  • Engine Torque - NM
    650
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2750
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    275/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    285/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    M DOUBLE-SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1433
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4794
  • Wheelbase
    2857
  • Width
    1903
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2068

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    59
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2210
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    480
  • Max. Loading Weight
    480
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1730
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.2

BMW's M3 Competition carries an illustrious badge but that doesn't appear too big a burden for this 510hp powerhouse, offered in saloon and Touring forms. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

If you've an ounce of petrol flowing through your veins, you'll probably know quite a lot about BMW's M3. It's a name that evokes a rich history of competition, tyre smoke and unremitting motorsport development over thirty five years and six generations of the Munich maker's practical, power-packed performance car. Welcome to the MK6 model. You'll might still remember this car as a coupe, a body shape BMW's M division still makes but designates the 'M4'. When the fifth generation 'F80'-series model was launched in 2014, the more familiar M3 badge was restricted to the four-door body style and that theme continues with this 'G80'-series car. That old 'F80' model swapped the previous 'E90' version's thirsty high-revving 4.0-litre V8 for a 3.0-litre twin turbo straight six, a format that continues on here though, inevitably, with a little more power. In 'G80'-series form, the M3 has evolved from hairy-chested racer to cultured street supercar. It's a matured, though still magnificent prospect. Does that make it fit to wear this famous badge? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

So here are the key things you need to know. Power from the latest version of BMW's twin turbo 3.0-litre straight six (codenamed 'S58') is up 60hp to 510hp. That's in M3 Competition form, which is the only M3 variant our market will get. The standard M3 with 473hp won't be coming here, which is a pity as it alone can be had with a manual gearbox option. The M3 Competition has to be had with a freshly developed paddleshift 8-speed torque converter automatic with M Drivelogic software; this transmission replaces the previous model's 7-speed dual clutch auto. The possibly more important news is that this M3 Competition variant will be the first model in the line to be fitted with the option of 4WD - BMW's fully variable M xDrive system. AWD will certainly make this BMW more seasonably usable; it offers three driving modes - '4WD', '4WD Sport' and (with the Dynamic Stability Control system disabled) '2WD', in which form most of the torque goes to the rear. As for performance, well basically, this M3 Competition model is as fast as the old M3 CS was. Which means rest to 62 mph in 3.9s for the rear-driven model, 0.2s quicker than before. Top speed is still limited to 155mph, mainly to give BMW an opportunity to sell an optional 'Drivers Package' which lifts it to 180mph in combination with Z-rated tyres.

Design and Build

For the first time in its history, the M3 has a front-end look distinct from the 3 Series it's based upon - which ends a 35 year tradition with this model line. Instead, this car gets the latest 4 Series look, which sees a large vertical grille featuring seven double horizontal louvres and a front number plate mounting point. This appendage differs from that on the 4 Series by being two separate elements, rather than a single frame design. For the first time on an M3 in the UK, there's the option of a Touring estate version. This is a slightly bigger car than before, in saloon form 108mm longer, 26mm wider and 8mm higher. The classy carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof is carried over, with two lengthwise 'rails' that optimise airflow back to the boot-mounted spoiler and the multi-channel rear diffuser, which incorporates a pair of chrome tailpipes on either side. Inside, there are grip M Sport seats which can be cooled. Plus there are M-specific graphics for the bigger head-up display. If you're wanting this M3 Competition saloon or estate model, then rear seat space is possibly quite important to you because otherwise you'd probably have chosen the alternative M4 coupe version of this car. In the back, there's certainly more room to stretch out than was the case with the previous 'F80'-generation M3 design, the distance between the front and rear seats having been extended by 11mm. There's slightly more headroom than before too and BMW says that this cabin's now wide enough to take three child seats side by side, though only the two outside positions come with Isofix attachment points. Out back, there's a 480 litre boot. The Touring version's load capacity is 500-litres.

Market and Model

The M3 Competition saloon retails at around £78,000, which is around £1,300 cheaper than its two-door M4 Competition stablemate. You'll need a little more (around £79,000) if you want the optional xDrive AWD system, which BMW expects around 80% of M3 customers to choose. You have to have the xDrive system with the M3 Competition Touring estate, which from launch cost around £80,500. As the M3 and M4 models are mechanically identical, it's only fair to see them priced so similarly, although historically, that hasn't stopped BMW pitching cars that are broadly similar under the skin at vastly different prices. M5 and M8 anyone? Nevertheless, around seventy five grand might seem quite a whack for a fast BMW 3 Series and some will ask whether this M3 is really worth all the extra over the quite extravagantly talented M340i xDrive model. Of course, you get a lot for the asking figure, particularly inside where signature M details include red accents for the M buttons on the M leather steering wheel and the start/stop button on the centre console. The selector lever with-Drivelogic switch is leather surfaced with an embedded M logo and stitching in M colours. An anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headliner and interior trim strips in Carbon Fibre High-gloss are standard. Fine-grain Merino black leather trim is standard as are M sport seats, which are electrically adjustable and heated. These seats have pronounced side bolsters, integrated head restraints and an illuminated model badge. A highlight of the options list is the new M Carbon bucket seats for the driver and front passenger, which include CFRP in their construction and save 9.6kg over the standard M sport seats. These can be specified on their own or within the M Carbon Package.

Cost of Ownership

BMW has made great strides in improving the M3's economy and emissions and to put those figures into perspective, let's wind the clock back a bit to the previous six-cylinder M3, the E46 generation. That car, which was only retired in 2006, emitted 287g/km and managed a combined fuel economy figure of 23.7mpg; this from an engine that developed 340hp. This current G80 generation M3 develops a massive 510hp yet can see 28.8mpg and 224g/km in rear driven saloon form. The xDrive variant manages up to 28.2mpg and up to 228g/km. The M3 Competition's BiK Benefit in Kind taxation rate is a lofty 37%. Insurance is as expensive as you'd expect from a car with that sort of potency under the bonnet, so younger drivers ought to ensure they can get halfway sensibly priced cover first. Residual values should hold up well too. This isn't a tired old platform that's being rolled out for one last hurrah. Used demand for this generation M3 should prove very healthy indeed.

Summary

Without doubt, this M3 is the most accomplished member of its long, iconic model line. That doesn't mean it'll be the most sought-after or fondly remembered design in the M3 portfolio of course. Purists won't like the fact that, for our market at least, manual transmission is unavailable. These were the same people who dismissed the first full-M car to go all drive and all-auto, the current M5, which is arguably the best performance machine the Munich manufacturer now offers. But perhaps now this M3 is more deserving of that title. You can customise the drivetrain for tail-out antics on the track. But enjoy its outstanding xDrive traction in all weathers on the road. For decades, the M3 has only been a confection you could really fully enjoy on the public highway for a portion of the year. That's changed now, plus there's a fresh level of interior luxury to cosset you when the need for speed is absent. Which leaves us with what: quite simply this. The most complete M3 ever made.

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