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2015 BMW M3

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/29/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 BMW M3 is a new addition to the 3 Series range and serves as its most performance-oriented variant. Coupe and convertible models are now called the M4 since BMW separated them from the 3 Series range and turned them into the 4 Series.


Vehicle Summary

The 2015 BMW M3 is the performance variant of the 3 Series sedan and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 rated at 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The rear-drive M3 uses a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy is decent for a performance car at 17/26 mpg city/highway with the manual and 17/24 mpg with the automatic.


Handling is a strong suit in the 2015 BMW M3 with its unique suspension tuning that's shared with the M4. There are also many ways to adjust the car's chassis and throttle response, which enables drivers to tailor the car to their liking. Acceleration is effortless thanks to the smooth twin-turbo-six, which has little to no turbo lag and immediate power delivery.

What We Think

The M3 is an impressive performer in a practical package thanks to its sedan body style and track-ready performance. In a First Drive review, we said that the car is "extremely focused" and "fun to drive" because of its impeccably tuned chassis and its strong engine; however, the car's electric power steering system has little in terms of feel and its ride is "very firm." Additionally, in a Track Drive, Road Trip review, we noted that exterior noise easily penetrates the cabin due to the stiff chassis.

You'll Like

  • Impressive handling
  • Strong twin-turbo six with effortless power delivery
  • Plenty of ways to adjust

You Won't Like

  • Firm ride
  • Noisy interior
  • Little steering feel

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S
  • Audi RS 5
  • Lexus RC F
  • Chevrolet SS
  • Cadillac ATS-V


3 star


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