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BMW M3:Review the specs, features and pros & cons

BMW M3 side view
BMW M3 angular front perspective
BMW M3 angular rear perspective

Overview of the BMW M3

Learn about the BMW M3

BMW M3 Summary

For nearly 40 years, the BMW M3 has been a top choice for those who want the practicality of a family sedan blended with the excitement of a sports car. Through seven generations, the legendary engineers at BMW have continuously developed and improved the performance of the M3, leading to the latest models’ high-output engine and the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

In later models, the user-friendly entertainment package, cutting-edge safety features and well-designed interior ensure a fun, safe and comfortable ride.

Pros and cons of the BMW M3

  • High-performance in a family sedan
  • Manual or automatic transmission available
  • User-friendly entertainment interface
  • Computer-generated fake engine noise
  • High performance suspension may result in a stiff ride
  • Driver assistance tech is not standard
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the BMW M3

Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags8

Specifications of the BMW M3

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual
  • City consumption13.7 L/100km
  • Highway consumption9 L/100km
  • Width1877 mm
  • Length4671 - 4687 mm
  • Trunk space481 L
  • Cargo space481 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the BMW M3

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the BMW M3 2015 - 2018 is available in 1 trim:

Basic trim features and specs

Frequently asked questions about the BMW M3

Dimensions of the BMW M3

Vehicle dimensions
YearHeight fromWidth fromLength from
Exact values depend on trim choices.
20181424 mm1877 mm4687 mm
20171424 mm1877 mm4687 mm
20161430 mm1877 mm4671 mm
20151430 mm1877 mm4671 mm