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As well as some minor changes to the interior trim, the LED taillights have been revised and the navigation system is improved. The previously optional Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system is now standard, along with satellite radio and keyless entry/ignition. See the 2016 BMW M3 models for sale near you
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The 2016 BMW M3 ($64,195) comes in a single trim level with a wealth of standard features, including 18-inch wheels with performance tires, an aerodynamic body kit with flared fenders and a power dome 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 tail pipes, keyless entry/ignition, 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/leather upholstery and carbon-fiber interior trim.
It also comes with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, the iDrive infotainment system with navigation, an 8.8-in widescreen display, voice controls, smartphone app integration and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with USB input, satellite radio and HD Radio.
Most options are grouped into packages. The pricey Executive package includes retractable headlight washers, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, parking sensors and a rearview camera.
A Driver Assistance Plus package adds side-view and top-view cameras, a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning and a forward-collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking.
The Lighting package contributes adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams.
The new-for-2016 Competition package is a bigger deal. It hikes engine power up to 444 hp. An adaptive M-tuned suspension consists of new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars and includes reconfigured driving modes of Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. BMW's Dynamic Stability Control system and active M limited-slip rear differential have also been recalibrated for track work.
There are visual and aural dimensions to the Competition package as well, with special multispoke 20-in alloy wheels, an M sport exhaust system with black chrome tailpipes, and special lightweight M sport seats with additional support and seat belts with woven-in BMW M stripes.
Stand-alone options include carbon-ceramic brakes, an adaptive suspension, 19-in wheels, a sunroof, a power rear sunshade and an automated self-parking function.
The 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|
2016 Audi S4 -- The 333-hp S4 technically plays one league down, facing off against the 320-hp 340i sedan. But if the M3's performance is too much, the S4 is a refined and classy alternative.
2016 Cadillac ATS-V -- With a 455-hp twin-turbo V6, the compact ATS-V can sprint to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, and it's one of the best-handling sedans in the world.
2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe -- It's not a sedan (although a 4-door model is probably on the way), but you'll get 469 hp or 503 hp in the S version and everything that needs to go with it with the C63.