The BMW M3 has a longstanding history of being a performance icon; ever since its first release as the BMW M coupe back in 1985, this vehicle has seen a lot in the way of improvements and powerful upgrades. This compact luxury sports sedan has seen more powerful response endings and improved handling throughout the years - and the 2016 M3 release was certainly no exception. Overall, this aggressive vehicle with a twin-turbo, six-cylinder engine is a great option for those who want a fierce, high-performance sedan that can't be beat.
If you compare the 2016 BMW M3 with its first coupe release back in 1985, you would likely not even realize that the two vehicles fall under the same model name. A lot has changed over the years, and there were even some significant improvements in the 2016 model over the 2014 and 2015 releases. Specifically, the 2016 BMW M3ï¿½saw improvements and upgrades such as:
Furthermore, the 2016 M3 has a more extravagant trim, standard LED taillights, and a newer navigation system to boast. Interestingly enough, the M3 is available in just one trim, although there are numerous add-onsï¿½available so drivers can really make it their own.
Driving the 2016 BMW M3 is truly a dream. Its turbocharged acceleration pulls up to 5,000 rpm and will have you blowing the doors off other vehicles on the road. Drivers also enjoy the included M-DCTï¿½"launch control" option, which propels the vehicle with impressive speed and power. It also boasts impressive steering, especially along tighter corners and turns, delivering true sports car performance that rivals other competitors in its class. Another great feature of this sports car is the included active differential, which can react to changing road conditions and shift power between front and back wheels to deliver the best ride. And of course, its optional adjustable suspension provides an amazingly smooth ride, even on rougher terrain. Stout brakes also allow for quick braking, though some drivers have noted the synthetic engine noises are a bit of a turn-off.
When it comes to performance vehicles, the BMW M3 is an icon in its class. With that in mind, expectations for this vehicle are always high. When it comes to its overall value compared to competing vehicles, it still holds its own. For instance, the Mercedes-AMG C63 and ATS-V are both fierce competitors, but many agree that the BMW M3 maintains a sleeker style and overall more impressive design for the price. On the other hand, with price in mind, you can find a comparable vehicle in terms of power and performance for significantly less than the going price of the 2016 M3.
One of the most notable changes in the 2016 M3 design is its lower profile; with flared fenders and a lighter weight, along with advanced chassis controls, the aggressive design of this vehicle is trademark. Interestingly enough, it is also the first vehicle to boast a fully carbon-fiber roof, which was added to help lower the center of gravity of the vehicle and improve performance.
Other features of the 2016 M3 that were made to enhance and optimize overall performance include:
The engine and powertrain are where the 2016 BMW M3 really shines, with its 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine packing quite the punch at 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque! This can rocket you from a standstill to 60 mph in under four seconds, which is something you just don't see in many six-cylinders. There are also two transmission options available for this vehicle: a six-speed manual with automated rev-matching (which comes standard) and a seven-speed manual with paddle shifters (optional). It's not a surprise that this isn't the most fuel-efficient vehicle out there, but it does come with an automatic stop-start feature that can save fuel when the car is stopped.
The sporty body styling of the 2016 BMW M3 carries right into its interior, with its carbon-fiber trim and 8.8-inch display screen. Standard interior features include:
Optional extras, such as rear view back-up camera, parking sensors, and a Driver Assistance Plus package, are worth considering but will increase the price of this already expensive vehicle. Trunk space is pretty average, at 12 cubic feet, though legroom could be better.