New BMW M3 Saloon. Warning: goosebumps ahead
From every angle, it’s clear that the new BMW M3 combines the DNA of a high-performance sports car with the everyday usability of a four-door saloon. The large front air inlets, muscular powerdome, swollen wheel arches and athletic rear, all hint at the performance of the 3.0 litre M TwinPower Turbo engine beneath. With 431hp the capability of accelerating from zero to 62mph in only 4.1 seconds, the 2017 M3 is the saloon car redefined.
Every design detail serves a higher purpose on the BMW M3. An uncompromising saloon car of breathtaking design, its pursuit of high performance is evident wherever you look. From the large air inlets that ensure enough cool air is fed to the TwinPower engine, to the dynamic design of the all-LED headlights and progressive-design rear LED taillights; from the expressive light-alloy wheels, to the lightweight carbon-fibre roof; and from the powerfully wide track and purposeful stance, to the delicate air curtain and air breather with M gills – it is obvious the M3 stands for unbeatable performance in technology, design and, above all, out on the road.
Sporty character perfected
The redeveloped 431hp TwinPower Turbo engine delivers instant power across the full rev range, thanks to advanced bi-turbo direct injection technology and a torque figure of up to 550Nm. Innovations from motorsport like the active M differential, adaptive M suspension, M servotronic steering and optional 7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic ensure that this power is served with the ultimate control. Not a single horsepower is wasted, with all power transferred to the road with composure and agility. This performance is heightened further, thanks to BMW’s intelligent lightweight construction concept, which ensures a remarkably low weight along with optimal weight distribution, for a lower centre of gravity and 50:50 front to rear balance. At every opportunity, the M3 redefines the limits of possibility.
The cockpit is the last word in high performance ergonomics, with everything positioned for one thing: driving. The new M seats offer side support and create an intimate connection with the vehicle. The ergonomic M leather steering wheel, M-specific instrument cluster, centre console with M drive buttons – they’re all designed to fall naturally towards the driver. In short, it’s an atmosphere infused with dynamism and technological progress: M modes activate individual car set-ups, the M double-clutch transmission is highly configurable for different driving styles and the BMW head-up display ensures you always have the important information right in front of you.
Power. Efficiently and safely
The BMW M3 Saloon leads the way, not only in performance, but in efficiency and passenger safety. Intelligent EfficientDynamics technologies such as auto start-stop, brake energy regeneration and optimised aerodynamic design keep energy use to a minimum and result not only in better driving dynamics, but also remarkable fuel efficiency, with up to 34mpg combined possible. Ultra-high strength, multi-phase steel ensures maximum rigidity in the safety passenger cell, while keeping weight to a minimum, while optional dynamic safety warns the driver if it detects signs of tiredness, and sets vehicle systems such as safety belts and windows to prepare for an accident. In an emergency, the system is also able to brake the vehicle to a standstill. After all, when car or driver are pushing their limits, safety is of the utmost importance.
BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems comprise a suite of innovative technologies that provide in-car support, so you can focus on pure driving pleasure.
- BMW M Head-up Display: the full-colour display projects important driving information directly into the driver's field of vision, with the option of an M-specific configuration which shows selected gear, multi-coloured rpm readout and shift lights.
- Driving Assistant: combines the car’s camera-based systems to assist the driver in everyday driving situations by warning of potential hazards and reacting in the case of emergencies.
- iDrive: allows convenient operation of the vehicle’s systems with a single hand, effortlessly and intuitively, using a touchpad, with functions viewed in the control display.
- Parking Assist with Cameras: gives you a clear view of the area around your vehicle, providing optical and acoustic signals to help guide you into spaces. Park assist will even steer your car into parallel spaces for you.
BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps provide communication, information and entertainment in your BMW M3. BMW online, concierge services, online entertainment, real time traffic information, emergency call, Bluetooth Office and internet are all part of this technology. And specific to the M3 is the BMW Laptimer app. This gathers data from the racetrack that can then be analysed to improve driver performance, providing details about acceleration, steering angle, G-forces and lap times which can be posted to Twitter or sent by email.
Radically more. The new BMW M3 Saloon:
For adrenalin-steeped driving moments, one thing instantly becomes clear: the BMW M3 Saloon delivers. Prices start at £56,605. For more information, please contact Spire.