This is a common problem: You have to drive your family, but you still want to speed and have fun. The you should try the 2018 BMW M3. This high performance version of the 3 Series combines performance and practicality into one in a very enjoyable sports sedan.
The change from the luxurious 3 Series to the ultra-oriented speed and luxury M3 includes a much stronger six-cylinder engine, more sticky tires, larger wheels, firmer suspensions tuning and stronger brakes. The exterior is smoother and people will recognize it immediately, but most probably do not pay attention to the domed hood, quad exhaust tip, carbon fiber roof and wider fender.
What is liked about the M3 is that it maintains its decency despite performance upgrades. Driving quality remains comfortable thanks to adaptive dampers, supportive seats but comfortable enough for long trips, rear seats and spacious luggage. While there are competitors with more luxurious and higher performance, no one can match the combination that 2018 BMW M3 offers.
Trim and Features
The 2018 BMW M3 is a four-door, five-passenger high-performance sedan based on the 3 Series. It’s available in single trim level, but few options packages are available to increase performance further and add more comfort features.
Standard features include adaptive suspension dampers, 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, power and heated front seats, BMW iDrive infotainment interface with a navigation system, an 8.8-inch display screen and a Harman Kardon sound system.
The Competition package boosting engine output to 444 hp and add lightweight 20-inch forged wheels, tuning suspension and differential.
The Driving Assistance package adds advanced safety features such as low-speed automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning. It also adds a feature that displays the speed limit in the gauge cluster.
The Executive package adds adaptive headlights with auto high beams, an automated parking system, side and top-view parking cameras, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and a head-up display.
Stand-alone options for the 2018 BMW M3 include a nonadaptive suspension, carbon-ceramic brake rotors, blind-spot monitoring, a sunroof, Apple CarPlay phone integration and wireless device charging. The M Driver package give you one day of high-performance driving education.
The 2018 BMW M3 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that generates 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard and you can choose either a standard six-speed manual with automated rev-matching or an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission (M-DCT) with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Also standard is a automatic engine stop-start features, which shuts off the engine to save fuel while the car is stopped.
According to BMW, the 2018 M3 with M-DCT can hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, and the six-speed will do in 4.1 seconds. EPA estimates fuel economy for the 2018 BMW M3 with manual transmission at 20 mpg combined (17 city/25 highway). The seven-speed M-DCT lowers those numbers to 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway).
Inside, the 2018 BMW M3 has a sleek and understated cabin design as found in the 3 Series but adds sportive themed enhancements. The M logo appearing more and carbon fiber trim adorns the dash and center console.
Almost every feature comes standard on the 2018 BMW M3, including the 8.8 inch center screen with navigation. The latest iDrive infotainment system takes a little time to learn, but its sensible menu structure and customization possibilities making it one of the best available systems. From the driver’s point of view, the classical analog speedometer and tachometer reminiscent of BMW’s history decades earlier.
The front seats are well supported and comfortable to support aggressive driving and long driving trips. There is plenty of headroom and legroom up front, and the back seat is decent-sized for the class, with enough accommodation for two adults of average size. The luggage space is approximately 12.0 cubic feet.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 BMW M3 is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Cadillac ATS-V, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Official pricing ranges will starting at $66,495 (including $995 destination charges). Adding the optional Competition Package will cost $4,750, the Driver Assistance Plus Package $1,700 and the Executive Package $3,900.