BMW is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company. The BMW M3 is one of the latest high-performance versions of the BMW 3-Series, developed by BMW’s motorsport division, BMW M. M3 models have been sold all over the world in three body styles: Coupe,Saloon and Convertible. The BMW M3 is the most successful car in touring and grand touring ever, being the only car to have earned titles more than Porsche 911 in Motorsport. The early E30 M3 model was a sports car advertised and campaigned by many companies including Prodrive and AC Schnitzer. The M3 is unique and differs from remaining E30 models in many ways. It is one of the longest running models, having started production in 1985. The previous M3 coupe was produced in Germany in July 2013, but the M3 name will remain in use for the saloon version.
EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;
The exterior is beautifully BMW. It’s a solid evolution in the 3-Series line that will certainly age well. The look is certainly one of understated aggression that combines the calm demeanor of a normal car with the menacing snarl of a true M3.Four real doors with useable interior space means the M3 can accommodate three friends on the ride of their lives. The pictures, however, speak for themselves.Looking deeper, we see many exterior additions to the M3 the standard 3-Seriessimply lacks. A huge front apron, smooth underbelly, and Gurney rear spoiler keep the air moving properly around the car. Downforce is also a key reason for the exterior accoutrements. Past the front grille, air is purposefully directed beyond mere cooling reasons. Air is channeled through the engine oil cooler and creates a Venturi effect that reduces front axle lift, which in turn, improves steering.Twin-stalk style side mirrors and integrated air breathers (the vertical M gills) reward of the front wheels help move air round the car without creating turbulence or drag.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;
Cabin features cloth/leather combination carbon structure anthracite black upholstery available as standard. Two-zone automatic air conditioner with extended contents and active carbon microfilter is fitted to maintain temperature in the cabin. Ambient light with mood lights educe elegance. Interior mirrors come with anti-dazzle function for the ease of driver while driving at night.. Multifucntion M leather steering wheel with gear shift paddles allows hassle free driving. M carbon made roof renders toughness. M Sport bucket seats are affixed for Driver and co-passenger. Rear gets electrically adjustable roller blinds which can also be used manually. For a further snugger experience, BMW has equipped electrically adjustable seats with memory function and lumbar support for driver as well as co-passenger. Adjustable seat backrests are fitted for the convenience of the passengers. From the BMW connectdrive, M3 features slew of equipment such as BMW Apps, Bluetooth with handsfree and USB connectivity with audio streaming, iDrive touch controller with 22.35 cm colour screen displaywith 1280 X 480 pixels resolution, DVD drive and integrated hard drive for maps and audio files. Besides, a navigation system professional with 3D maps, park distance control in front and rear, rear view camera, BMW head-up display with M views are among other significant features aboard.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
The BMW M3 is powered by a 3.0-litre engine putting out 431 horses at 5500 RPM and 550 Nm of twist at 1850 RPM. The powerplant is a twin turbo inline-6 unit, sending power to the rear wheels. BMW has matched the engine to a 7-speed gearbox which is quick enough to get the car running from 0 to 100 km/hr in 4.1 seconds. The throttle is very responsive and the M3 gains pace the moment you start pressing the pedal. At city speeds, the M3 is easy to drive and turbo lag is almost negligible. Thanks to the not-so-large size of the sedan, it is easy to close gaps in traffic without much fuss and the engine and gearbox work in great tandem.
After dodging Mumbai’s irritating traffic for well over an hour, we finally landed on a completely open stretch of tarmac and it was time to let loose. Stomped the accelerator and the M3 picked up triple digit speeds in no time and soon enough we were itching towards the 200 km/hr mark. What’s remarkable is how seamlessly the car makes you believe that you’re doing speeds much lesser than what the speedo is showing! However, such a car is more enjoyable with the steering mounted paddle-shifters which are a JOY to use. You can also shift gears via the gear lever which slots into S mode allowing you to shift cogs manually.
You also get the usual driving modes to choose from – Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, etc. We were driving on Sport for most of time where the steering and suspension get nicely stiffened up. In Sport+, the issue is that the suspension becomes so hard that the car starts feeling very bouncy, especially on our uneven roads. The 7-speed gearbox does a very good job and is quick enough. The engine loves to be revved all the way to its 7500 RPM redline and the exhaust note is also pure music to the ears. If you’re in the mood for cruising, the M3 will manage 100 km/hr in top gear at 1800 RPM.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
The M3 is the kind of car you get into and instantaneously feel like you belong there. Dumb the throttle maps and the gearbox to its least alert setting and the M3 is no more difficult to drive in traffic than a 3 Series. The ergonomics are spot on and the car just feels so well wrapped around you to negotiate traffic. The engine purrs lightly and the exhaust stays quiet as you amble around town. Keep the suspension in Comfort mode even if you are stepping on the gas when you are hustling your way through because Sport mode requires a silky smooth surface. Don’t even bother with Sport Plus. The steering too offers three settings like the suspension. Sport Plus is direct and precise and painful over a period of time. The Sport setting keeps it just perfect but you could lighten up responses in Comfort for most of the time. In addition to these settings for the gearbox, throttle map, steering and suspension, you get M Dynamic mode.
Driving dynamics is the M3’s USP and keeping all the systems on, you will enjoy a really fast M car carving up corners faster than a RWD sportscar is meant to. But it’s as much about fun as it is about being fast. The M3’s active M differential ensures that, with the DSC either turned completely off or in M Dynamic mode you can flatter the drifter in you. The latter is the friendlier one for the enthusiast with a little less skill to catch that powerslide. The DSC allows some slip, intervenes when the slip turns closer to a spin and could be good fun on a winding road. The grip from the Michelins is as good as they come and the brakes are progressive and offer carnivorous bite on a hearty meal of tarmac.
The 2017 BMW M3 comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags.The stability control system integrates several features designed to improve braking performance, such as self-drying brake rotors (when the windshield wipers are in use) and automatic brake-pad preparation (when the driver abruptly lifts off the gas). BMW Assist emergency communications is standard and includes automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery and on-demand roadside assistance.Optional safety features include a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking.
BMW’s M3 saloon is a performer, the powerful engine lying underneath is capable of pulling off terrific numbers. Exterior styling is in line with rest of the Beemers, it carries BMW’s signature styling rendering it an assertive semblance. Cabin is spacious and what makes it special is number of luxury gadget infixed. What can deviate you from this car is a high price tag and a continual demand for feeding the car with fuel as it does not offer impressive mileage. Keeping this apart, M3 saloon is for you if you look out for performance on road.