2011 BMW M3 Coupe Review

Thursday September 1st, 2011 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: the911guy

2011 BMW M3

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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.

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BMW M Performance Exhaust System for M3 Made From Magic Iconel Metal

Wednesday February 23rd, 2011 at 8:22 PM
Posted by: aquadog

BMW M Performance Exhaust System for M3BMW has announced the new M Performance exhaust system accessory for the M3 Coupe, Sedan and Convertible. The M Performance exhaust system is made of Inconel, a lightweight, heat-resistant, and corrosion resistant chrome-nickel alloy, that will produce a more powerful sound due to the flow-optimized exhaust which will reduce overall back pressure. The M Performance Exhaust is about 20 lbs lighter and also features perforated inner pipes and polished titanium tips with the laser engraved M logo. The BMW M Performance exhaust system is available for $4,374 plus installation. $4,374 for an aftermarket exhaust? There better be some magic associated with the Iconel metal that makes up the exhaust kit.

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Face-Off: Lexus IS-F versus BMW M3

Tuesday April 14th, 2009 at 9:44 AM
Posted by: Derek

Lexus IS-F vs. BMW M3

Dinan BMW M3
Lexus IS-F
Pros:

  • Smooth, high-revving V-8
  • Comfortable interior suited for spirited driving
  • Great handling
Pros:

  • Ripping V-8 power
  • Comfortable and well appointed interior
  • Good handling
Cons:

  • You have to pay extra to get the Dinan goodies
  • The “Powerdome” in the hood
  • A twin turbo would have been so cool
Cons:

  • Automatic transmission with too many gears
  • Jarring ride characteristics
  • Fast and Furious styling cues on the outside, bland on the inside

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BMW Dinan M3 Coupe – Dangerous on all levels

Friday April 10th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 BMW Dinan M3 Coupe

Steve Dinan’s generosity is bigger than Mt. Rushmore. When we came up with the idea of pitting the IS-F against an M3, Dinan tried to connect us with BMW’s M brand manager. Due to our very short time frame, we were unable to procure an M3 sedan in time for the test. Instead, Dinan offered one his personal cars for the day so we could run our series of tests. Yowza! “Just bring it back in the same condition” was Steve’s only request. We nearly reached nirvana when we rolled out of the parking lot with two high-performance V-8 demons under our wings. Or was it because we inhaled too much exhaust fumes from these 400 horsepower brutes?

Read our comparison test to see how the sum of the parts improved a very good car into a great car — Face-off: Lexus IS-F versus BMW M3

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BMW reveal details of new M3 Saloon

Thursday October 11th, 2007 at 12:1010 AM
Posted by: Derek

New M3 Saloon

October 10, 2007 Thirteen years after the launch of the original M3 Saloon, BMW has announced details of a new version of its high-performance range in a 4-door body-shell. While four generations of M3 have been built, this is only the second time an M3 Saloon has been offered and with its ability to produce 420hp at 8,300rpm and 400Nm of torque at 3,900rpm, the Saloon matches the performance of the latest M3 Coupé.

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