2015 BMW M3

 
2015 BMW M3
  • 2015 BMW M3

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  • Starting MSRP : $62,950
 
2015 BMW M3
 

2015 BMW M3

MSRP 
$62,950
Invoice 
$58,590
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 26 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.0 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6, 425 HP
  • Transmission: Manual (standard)
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

While the BMW M3 isn't inexpensive, it does represent a great value. It's nearly as fast as an equivalently priced sports car and with its superb handling, braking and acceleration, the M3 fits right in with all sorts of high end performance cars. However, it also offers the kind of 4-door practicality that is virtually unheard of in performance cars costing over $60,000. Competitors such as the Porsche Cayman and the Chevrolet Corvette don't even offer rear seats, much less rear doors.

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What's New For 2015

While previous iterations of the M3 were sold in both 2 and 4-door forms, the 2015 M3 is only offered in 4-door trim. Coupe versions have been renamed as the M4 but mechanically the two cars remain similar. This name change coincides with a complete redesign to the M3. Beyond a brand new chassis, the M3 also switches to a new 6-cylinder turbocharged engine, replacing the naturally aspirated V8 from the previous generation.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2015 BMW M3

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Real-Time Traffic Display
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Graphic Equalizer
    • 600w Regular Amplifier
    • 9 Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, DVD-Audio, External Memory Control and 20 Gb Internal Memory
    • Radio: AM/FM Audio System
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" x 9" Front & 18" x 10" Rear -inc: Light alloy V-spoke, style 513M
    • Tires: 255/40R18 Front & 275/40R18 Rear -inc: Mixed performance
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum/Composite Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Sport Seats -inc: lumbar support
    • Cloth/Leather Front Seats
    • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth/Leather Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • BMW Online Full Service Internet Access
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Ignition Only
    • Interior Lock Disable
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch
    • Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert, Carbon Fiber Door Panel Insert, Carbon Fiber Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Net
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat and Door Mirrors
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
    • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
    • Tracker System
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Includes Power Side Bolster Support and Manual Thigh Support
    • Fixed Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.0L Inline 6-Cylinder M TwinPower Turbo
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 3.46 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 90-Amp/Hr 900CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
    • Regenerative 210 Amp Alternator
    • 4630# Gvwr 980# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 15
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.6
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 900
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 210
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6
    • Displacement - 3.0 L/182
    • Fuel System - Direct Gasoline Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 425 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 406 @ 1850
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 110.7
    • Length, Overall (in) - 184.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.9
    • Height, Overall (in) - 56.1
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 63.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.9
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.3
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.7
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 26
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - BMW M3
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P255/40YR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P275/40YR18
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - ZMT
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.11
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.32
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.54
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.18
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.73
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.46
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 9.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3540
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 9
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 10
    • Front Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum

2015 BMW M3 Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Alpine White Austin Yellow Metallic Black Sapphire Metallic Mineral Gray Metallic Mineral White Metallic Sakhir Orange Metallic Silverstone Metallic Yas Marina Blue Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Austin Yellow Metallic
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral Gray Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Sakhir Orange Metallic
  • Silverstone Metallic
  • Yas Marina Blue Metallic

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Introduction

Beloved by enthusiasts for its track-worthy performance and daily drivability, the BMW M3 is all-new for 2015. This marks a triumphant return for the high-performance four-door, which has been on hiatus since the 2011 model year.

The fifth-generation M3, internally dubbed F80, gets significant revisions over its predecessor. The old V8 engine is gone, and a new version of the much-loved inline-6 returns. This time, it's a high-revving 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder that cranks out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, the latter on tap from as low as 1850 rpm. With the optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the 2015 BMW M3 can dash from 0-60 mph in an estimated 3.9 seconds, or in 4.1 seconds with the 6-speed manual.

As before, all M3 sedans are rear-wheel drive. And as part of BMW's new nomenclature, the M3 comes only with four doors; the M-powered coupe is now known as the M4.

This is the first time a new generation of M3 has gotten lighter compared with its predecessor; in the past, enthusiasts have bemoaned the weight gain with every new model. More extensive use of lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber driveshaft, carbon fiber roof, and aluminum hood and doors help this fifth-generation F80 M3 drop about 180 pounds compared with the fourth-generation e90 M3.

Another significant change includes the switch to electromechanical steering. While old-school fans might complain about the loss of hydraulic power steering, we found the feel precise and direct, with three modes that allow drivers to choose the level of steering effort.

Handling is aided by a new five-link rear suspension, which is mounted directly to the body, giving the M3 a much stiffer ride and more direct road feel. Most components are also made out of aluminum, rather than steel, shaving off more weight. The only downside with the new setup is that it produces more road noise.

Track junkies will lust after the optional carbon ceramic brakes, an $8,150 option that is really more like $9,350, since it requires the addition of optional 19-inch wheels. Carbon ceramic brakes offer heart-stopping performance and dissipate heat better than standard iron brakes, making them a better choice for track events or mountain roads where repeated hard braking is used, but most drivers do not need them.

As precise as the M3 is on the track, it's equally impressive as a daily driver thanks to a comfortable rear seat and ample trunk space; 60/40-split folding rear seats make it even more versatile. Interior design is anything but understated, with available two-tone leather combinations and contrast stitching around the doors, dash, and M steering wheel.

BMW's widescreen display and iDrive controller come standard on the 2015 M3. BMW apps lets users access a variety of audio and entertainment features, including a new GoPro app, which lets drivers control a car-mounted GoPro camera (sold separately) directly from the iDrive interface.

Fuel economy for the 2015 BMW M3 is an EPA-estimated 17/26 mpg City/Highway with the 6-speed manual gearbox, 17/24 mpg with the 7-speed automatic; Premium gasoline is required by the M3. Those fuel economy estimates are substantially improved over 2011 M3 sedan's 14/20 City/Highway figures.

Always a benchmark in the luxury compact sports segment, the 2015 BMW M3 Series is poised to continue its reign as the leader of the pack. Its closest current competitors include the Cadillac CTS-V, which makes a segment-topping 556 hp and 551-lb.-ft. of torque from its supercharged V8, and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, powered by a 451-hp V8 engine. Yet neither surpasses the BMW when it comes to the total package of design, performance and brand cache, and that certain je ne sais quoi for which the M3 has always been known.

Lineup

The 2015 BMW M3 ($62,000) uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine and comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional M double-clutch ($2,900) transmission. All prices are based on USA port of entry and exclude a $950 destination charge. In addition, all exterior colors except for Alpine White are $550 extra.

Standard features include automatic climate control, cloth and leather upholstery, power front seats with lumbar support and driver-seat memory function, heated front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with multifunction controls, automatic start/stop, universal garage door opener, dynamic cruise control, carbon fiber interior trim, the iDrive interface with color display screen and navigation with real-time traffic information, BMW Apps, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio capability, USB audio port, 60-40 split-folding rear seat, auto-dimming rearview and side mirrors, rain sensors, adaptive xenon HID headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels with mixed performance tires.

Options include the Executive Package ($4,300), which adds extended Merino leather trim, a head-up display, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, rearview camera, parking sensors, satellite radio with one-year subscription and retractable headlight washers. The Lighting Package ($1,900) adds adaptive full LED headlights. Standalone options include M carbon ceramic brakes ($8,150), which require a choice of two 19-inch wheel designs ($1,200), an adaptive suspension ($1,000), an upgraded Harman Kardon audio system ($875) and enhanced USB and Bluetooth connectivity plus smartphone integration ($500).

Safety features include front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, full-cabin, curtain-type head protection airbags, antilock brakes, traction control and dynamic stability control (DSC). The BMW TeleServices and BMW Assist eCall emergency notification systems are included for the first ten years of the vehicle. Optional safety features include a Driver Assistance Plus package ($1,900) which adds blind spot detection, the Active Driving assistant, side and top view cameras and real-time speed limit information.

Walkaround

Though the 2015 BMW M3 is based on the latest iteration of the 3 Series sedan, it has unique features and styling all its own.

The new front end is both aggressive and functional, with larger front air intakes that help improve aerodynamics. Vertical vents alongside the front fenders channel air down the sides of the car. A rear spoiler keeps the car planted, while a smooth underbody and rear diffuser help the M3 to slice through the air with as little resistance as possible.

Compared with the previous e90 M3, the new F80 M3 is about four inches longer, more than two inches wider, and nearly an inch lower. And the wheelbase is stretched two inches.

As with all M cars, BMW offers a distinct and unique palate of exterior colors. The only basic paint available is the non-metallic Alpine White; the rest are metallic and cost an extra $550, including the new Yas Marina Blue, a bright, medium hue that, depending on the light, can look either cool or downright Smurfy. Also new is the greenish Austin Yellow, named in honor of F1's new U.S. racetrack, the Circuit of the Americas. While these colors might be polarizing, they most certainly garner attention.

Standard wheels are V-spoke 18-inch alloys, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport mixed performance tires. Two designs are available for the optional 19-inch wheels, with optional carbon ceramic brakes that are visually differentiated by gold-painted calipers that look like something out of a mediocre Austin Powers sequel.

Interior

Inside the cabin, the design is similar to that of a 3 Series sedan, but splashier with a variety of colors and finishes, including optional two-tone full leather upholstery. Contrast stitching accents the sport seats, M steering wheel, doors and dash, and carbon fiber trim comes standard. The M logo can be found everywhere, reminding drivers that they paid a premium for a much faster car than those regular BMWs.

Regardless of trim, the M3's cockpit remains oriented around driving, the dash angled slightly toward the driver bringing all controls within easy reach. Climate controls are traditional BMW, intuitive and easy to operate.

Unlike many manufacturers who are switching to digital instrument clusters, the M3 keeps traditional analog gauges, with glowing white text atop a black background. A small display between the large tachometer can show a variety of information, including music, navigation, MPG and vehicle diagnostics. An optional head-up display included with the Executive Package, makes it easy to check speed going down the straights.

BMW's widescreen display and iDrive controller come standard on the M3. As with the 3 Series models, the iDrive monitor sits fixes atop the dash, unlike screens made by Audi which retract out of sight when not in use. Navigation and real-time traffic information are standard, which is a nice touch on a car that can reach $90,000 with options. Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity lets users access a suite of apps and functions, including a new GoPro app, which lets drivers control a car-mounted GoPro camera (sold separately) directly from the iDrive interface.

One of the things that makes the M3 so appealing is that it can be a practical daily driver in spite of its raceworthy performance. There's plenty of interior storage space, like wide door pockets that can accommodate water bottles and mugs, plus two cupholders on the center console. Sport seats are comfortable and have a wide range of adjustability, and aggressive bolstering keeps everyone firmly in place, whether on a long road trip or cranking through the turns on a fast track. Rear seats fit most adults and are fine for short to moderate trips, with 37.7 inches of rear headroom and 35.1 inches of rear legroom.

Cargo space measures 12 cubic feet, the same as with the old e90 M3, which is enough to fit a couple of large suitcases with a bit of room to spare. Standard 60/40-spilt folding rear seats allow for even more carrying capacity.

Driving Impressions

Whether it's winding country roads or a high-speed racetrack, the BMW M3 is at its best going fast. Separate adjustments for steering, throttle control and damping (with the optional adaptive suspension) let drivers customize the M3 any way they see fit. But even in its tamest settings, the M3 is 100 percent sports car.

The new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine (S55) replaces the V8s on the outgoing generation and is lighter, more powerful, and gives a substantial boost in torque. It's also a higher revving engine than its predecessor, and as such, one might be tempted to shift early if going by sound alone. But let that motor whine all the way to the 7500 redline, and you'll feel like a superhero merging onto a rural highway at 80 mph in fourth gear, or barreling down a 150-mph straight like we did at Road America, a 4.0-mile serpentine racing circuit near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

A redesigned, lighter suspension uses a double-joint spring strut setup in front and a new five-link axle in the rear. The new rear suspension is mounted directly to the body (omitting the connecting parts normally in between), giving the M3 a much stiffer ride and more direct road feel. The only downside is that it produces more road noise. Most components, including control arms, are aluminum. Even with the suspension in comfort mode, the M3 is firm and well-sprung, though is more compliant over bumps and rough roads.

With the 7-speed double-clutch transmission, we could put it in Drive and let the car do its thing, or we could switch over to manual and click the paddles. The latter was especially satisfying on the track, where we could focus more on the line and less on the body mechanics of changing gears. The M double-clutch transmission is faster than the manual, propelling the M3 from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, compared with 4.1 seconds using the manual. While shifts from the double-clutch are blink-of-an-eye fast, we did find they could feel abrupt when pushing hard in Sport and Sport Plus modes.

Manual transmissions have an automatic rev-matching function in Efficient and Sport modes, but the blip comes when you take the shifter out of gear, so your shifts had better be fast for optimal performance. In Sport Plus mode, the auto rev matching turns off, leaving you to your own heel-and-toe skills.

The M3 drops traditional hydraulic steering for an electromechanical system, which purists bemoan. But we found steering feel precise and direct, with three modes that allow drivers to choose the level of steering effort. Comfort is the default, and is by no means light. Sport and Sport Plus increase the steering effort, in the case of the latter, quite considerably.

Steering feel depends largely on personal preference, and heavier steering doesn't necessarily mean better performance. In fact, our driving instructor at Road America, who heads the M Performance Center driving program in Spartanburg, South Carolina, switched our steering from Sport into Comfort in the middle of a lap. Though at first we thought we were being demoted, he explained the lighter steering effort can help when learning the track, so you don't have to feel like you're fighting the wheel.

Standard M3 brakes are bigger and more powerful than those found on 3 Series sedans, but the big push seems to be for the new carbon-ceramic rotors, complete with huge gold-painted calipers that, despite their amazing performance, look downright cheesy. As manufacturers are wont to do when it comes to impressing journalists on a product launch, the BMW crew fitted our test cars only with the $8,150 carbon ceramic option. These monsters are unbelievably powerful, once you get some heat into them.

Dynamic stability control can be adjusted for optimum safety or optimum slip. With it on, it can save your bacon if you make a mistake, but we also felt the system holding us back when rounding corners at Road America. With it off, the M3 commands a healthy dose of respect.

Wheels, whether the standard 18-inch alloys or either of the optional 19-inch designs, are wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, designed specifically for the new M3. Their mixed performance designation means they should hold up well in a variety of driving conditions.

Around town, the M3 is well mannered, though it feels clunkier than its 3 Series counterpart, thanks in part to a relatively large, 40-foot turning circle, nearly three feet wider than a 330i. So while the M3 might handle high-speed chicanes with ease, it's not quite as nimble in the supermarket parking lot.

As with all BMW M cars, the 2015 M3 has a fantastic exhaust note. Partially organic and partially engineered, the M3's sound is loud and unmistakable, from both within and without.

Summary

The fifth-generation BMW M3 returns to its roots with a new inline-6 engine, lighter weight and more power. Between its daily drivability and track-ready options, the 2015 BMW M3 is poised to continue its reign as the leader of the pack.

NewCarTestDrive.com lead correspondent Laura Burstein filed this report after her drive of the M3 sedan in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

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Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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