2011 BMW M3 Coupe Review

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2011 BMW M3


  • Smooth lines, appeals to the female eye
  • Bavarian Corvette in four seat clothing
  • Anti-bling, subtle cues says this one means business


  • Thirsty
  • Uninspired interior
  • Bit of a Heavyweight

The BMW M3 has long been the benchmark for luxury sports cars. From the original E30 M3, which was created to homologate the M3 for Group A Touring Car racing, to the wildly successful E36 M3, offered in both sedan and coupe styles, to the E46 M3 with its screaming inline 6 and SMG (semi-manual) transmission, nothing else has offered such a sublime marriage of ultimate performance with luxury and daily driveability.

2011 BMW M3 Coupe

Since BMW wanted to keep pushing the performance envelope with the current E92 M3, but stick with a naturally aspirated engine, we now have a 4.0 liter 414 hp V8 shoehorned into an even larger body, and available in coupe, sedan, and hard-top convertible. We put the car to the test and found it still offers track-worthy performance, along with the convenience of a comfortable and stylish daily driver.


Our test car was the lovely bodied coupe, which features smooth lines, subtle flairs, aggressive front and rear bumpers, and a carbon fiber roof (optional). When the M3 arrived some of our staff screamed nice car, for a female. It was the combination of smooth lines and a deep red color that exuded female ride, or at least a ride that a wife or girlfriend would gladly drive. Nissan GTR body, this is not.

2011 BMW M3

The interior is where the E92 M3 falls short, not only to the competition (Audi & Mercedes), but also to its predecessor, the E46. There are several criticisms: the first is the dash, which is very flat and could benefit from more curves. Second is the rear seat, which doesn’t offer room for three due to the back seat center console. When back seat passengers are in the car, spirited driving probably won’t be taking place, so why not give that real estate back?

BMW M3 carbon fiber rooftop M3 air intake directs air to the engine 2011 BMW M3 interior


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