Relentless acceleration; invincible handling; muscular styling; rich interior with advanced technology
Stiff ride; fake engine noises
The 2015 M3 is completely redesigned
The 2015 BMW M3 ($62,950) comes in a single trim level with a wealth of standard features, including 18-inch wheels with performance tires, an aero body kit with flared fenders and a powerdome hood, adjustable drive settings with custom presets, upgraded suspension components, a torque-vectoring rear differential, automatic wipers, adaptive xenon headlights, a sport exhaust system with quad tailpipes, auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power heated front sport seats with adjustable side bolsters (and a backlit M logo on the backrests), driver memory functions, cloth and leather upholstery and a carbon fiber interior trim. It also comes with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, the iDrive infotainment system with navigation and an 8.8-in widescreen display, voice controls, smartphone app integration and a 9-speaker audio system with a USB input and HD radio.
Options are mainly grouped into a few packages. The pricey Executive package includes retractable headlight washers, keyless entry and start, satellite radio, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, parking sensors and a rearview camera. The Driver Assistance Plus package adds side- and top-view cameras, active blind spot detection, lane departure warning and a forward-collision mitigation system with automatic braking. The Lighting package contributes adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams.
There's also a handful of standalone options, including carbon ceramic brakes, an adaptive suspension, 19-in wheels, a sunroof, a power rear sunshade and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The M3's trunk measures a modest 12 cu ft.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2015 Audi S4 -- The 333-hp S4 technically plays one league down, doing battle against the 300-hp 335i sedan. But if you don't need all of the M3's insane performance, the S4 makes for a refined and classy substitute.
2015 Cadillac ATS-V -- With a 455-hp twin-turbo V6 under the hood, the compact ATS-V can get to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, and it's one of the best-handling sedans in the world.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG -- We're not talking about the outgoing previous-generation coupe (which is still being sold as a 2015 model), but rather the upcoming current-generation sedan. Its formidable twin-turbo V8 will have the M3 directly in its sights.
Used BMW M3 -- The previous-generation M3 was an instant classic with its racy V8, and we particularly like the styling on the sedan. You can easily find a certified pre-owned specimen with a warranty for many thousands less than a new M3.
If you've got the cash, pull the trigger. The M3 is one of those cars that everyone should own once, and the latest model's capabilities are simply astounding.