2015 BMW M3

2015 BMW M3

M3 Sedan

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Style NameFuel TypeDrive TypeMPGMSRP
4dr SdnGasoline FuelRear Wheel DriveCity: 0
Hwy: 0
$62,000.00

4-door Compact Passenger Car
Rear Wheel Drive
Base MSRP: $62,000.00
Invoice: $57,540.00
Hwy MPG: 26 mpg
City MPG: 17 mpg

Pros

Powerful engine; sublime handling; 4-door practicality; aggressive good looks; BMW cachet

Model Highlights

BMW had two, seemingly divergent goals that needed to be met with the new M3. The new car had to be both faster and easier to live with, making more power than the previous model, but also getting better fuel economy. BMW tackled the problem by replacing the old V8 with a twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine for the 2015 model year. The new engine makes 425 hp, 11 more horsepower than last year's engine. More impressive however, is the 406 lb-feet of torque that the new 6-cylinder engine offers, 121 ft-lbs more than the old V8 made. BMW claims that the new 6-cylinder engine is up to 25 percent more fuel efficient than the old V8.

Power is sent to the rear wheels exclusively, via either a traditional 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. The 6-speed manual offers more feel and driver involvement, but the 7-speed DSG is undoubtedly both the speed and fuel economy champ, with its ability to change gears in the blink of an eye.

The M3 is more than just a sedan with a big engine. The car is lower and wider than the standard 3-series, with aggressive styling, a wider stance and a more aerodynamic front end. An aggressive diffuser at the back helps channel air out from under the car at speed. The 2015 M3 also makes extensive use of exotic materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum, helping to keep weight down and avoiding the weight gain that is typically associated with a ground up redesign.

Standard features on the BMW M3 include heated exterior mirrors, HID Xenon headlights, 10-way power adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 3-stage heated front seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel with controls for Bluetooth, cruise control and the radio, a navigation system with real time traffic updates and dynamic cruise control.

Due to the high levels of standard equipment, the M3 comes in only one trim level, but there are several option packages available on the car. A Drivers Assistance Plus Package adds several cameras, a lane departure warning system, active blind spot protection and a speed limit display. The Executive Package adds headlight washers, comfort access keyless entry, a heads up display system, a heated steering wheel and a rear parking sensors with a camera.

Options on the M3 include several different types of 19" wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive suspension, a power rear sunshade, a moonroof, enhanced smartphone integration and a Harman Kardon sound system. Interiors can be optioned in cloth, partial or full leather, with a choice of colors for the leather.

Model News

While previous iterations of the M3 were sold in both 2 and 4-door forms, the 2015 M3 is only offered in 4-door trim. Coupe versions have been renamed as the M4 but mechanically the two cars remain similar. This name change coincides with a complete redesign to the M3. Beyond a brand new chassis, the M3 also switches to a new 6-cylinder turbocharged engine, replacing the naturally aspirated V8 from the previous generation.

Value Writeup

While the BMW M3 isn't inexpensive, it does represent a great value. It's nearly as fast as an equivalently priced sports car and with its superb handling, braking and acceleration, the M3 fits right in with all sorts of high end performance cars. However, it also offers the kind of 4-door practicality that is virtually unheard of in performance cars costing over $60,000. Competitors such as the Porsche Cayman and the Chevrolet Corvette don't even offer rear seats, much less rear doors.

Pricing

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Exterior Color Interior Colors
 

Black Sapphire Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (475)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Alpine White

Manufacturers Code: (300)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Austin Yellow Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (B67)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Yas Marina Blue Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (B68)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Azurite Black Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (S34)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Tanzanite Blue Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (X10)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Silverstone Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (A29)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Mineral Gray Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (B39)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Pyrite Brown Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (X13)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Sakhir Orange Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (B50)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Moonstone Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (X04)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
 

Mineral White Metallic

Manufacturers Code: (A96)

  • Black
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Amaro Brown
  • Opal White
  • Sonoma Beige
  • Cohiba Brown
  • Nutmeg
  • Sakhir Orange/Black
  • Golden Brown
  • Silverstone
  • Black
  • Silverstone
  • Anthracite/Black
  • Sakhir Orange/Black

Vehicle

Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year8.9 (Est)
EPA Greenhouse Gas ScoreN/A
Vehicle
EPA ClassificationCompact Cars

Powertrain

Transmission
DrivetrainRear Wheel Drive
Trans Order CodeZMT
Trans Type6
Trans Description Cont.Manual w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)4.11
Second Gear Ratio (:1)2.32
Third Gear Ratio (:1)1.54
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)1.18
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)1.00
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)0.85
Reverse Ratio (:1)3.73
Clutch SizeN/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)3.46
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy26 MPG
Cruising Range - City270.30 mi
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City17 MPG
Fuel Economy Est-Combined20 MPG
Cruising Range - Hwy413.40 mi
EPA MPG Equivalent - CityN/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - HwyN/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - CombinedN/A
Battery RangeN/A
Engine
Engine TypeTwin Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6
Displacement3.0 L/182
Fuel SystemGasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM425 @ 5500
SAE Net Torque @ RPM406 @ 1850
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)900
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)210
Cooling System
Total Cooling System CapacityN/A

Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity5
Passenger VolumeN/A
Front Head Room40.3 in
Front Leg Room42 in
Front Shoulder Room55.1 in
Front Hip RoomN/A
Second Head Room37.7 in
Second Leg Room35.1 in
Second Shoulder Room55.1 in
Second Hip RoomN/A
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase110.7 in
Length, Overall184.5 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors73.9 in
Height, Overall56.1 in
Track Width, Front62.2 in
Track Width, Rear63.1 in
Min Ground ClearanceN/A
Liftover HeightN/A
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume12 ft³

Chassis

Weight Information
Base Curb Weight3540 lbs
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.N/A
Suspension
Suspension Type - FrontStrut
Suspension Type - RearMulti-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - FrontN/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - RearN/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - FrontN/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - RearN/A
Tires
Front Tire SizeP255/40YR18
Rear Tire SizeP275/40YR18
Wheels
Front Wheel Size18 X 9 in
Rear Wheel Size18 X 10 in
Front Wheel MaterialForged Aluminum
Rear Wheel MaterialForged Aluminum
Steering
Steering TypeRack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), OverallN/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)N/A
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb40 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to WallN/A
Brakes
Brake TypeN/A
Brake ABS System4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line)N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or )Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness15 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness14.6 in
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx15.9 gal
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, ApproxN/A

Warranty Information

Basic:
4 Years/50,000 Miles

Drivetrain:
4 Years/50,000 Miles

Corrosion:
12 Years/Unlimited Miles

Roadside Assistance:
4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Maintenance:
4 Years/50,000 Miles

Recall Information

US NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID:
15V782000

Mfg's Report Date:
NOV 22, 2015

Component:
POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT

Potential Number Of Units Affected:
42

Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 M3 Sedan vehicles manufactured May 30, 2015, to September 2, 2015, 2016 M4 Coupe vehicles manufactured July 3, 2015, to September 11, 2015, and 2015-2016 M4 Convertible vehicles manufactured May 29, 2015, to August 4, 2015. The affected vehicles have a driveshaft with a slip-joint that may not have been filled with grease. As a result, the slip-joint may fail over time.

Consequence:
If the slip-joint fails, there would be a loss of power to the rear axle and therefore the vehicle would stop moving, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the driveshaft, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on January 14, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Dates of Manufacture:
MAY 29, 2015 to SEP 01, 2015
US NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID:
16V653000

Mfg's Report Date:
SEP 08, 2016

Component:
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS

Potential Number Of Units Affected:
196

Summary:
BMW North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2016 BMW M2 Coupe vehicles, 2015-2017 M3 Sedan vehicles and 2015-2016 M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible vehicles. During servicing of the rear differential for a prior service action, the rear sub-frame bolts may have been reused instead of being replaced. Reuse of the existing bolts may cause the bolts to loosen.

Consequence:
Loose rear sub-frame bolts may adversely affect vehicle handling and control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts, free of charge. The recall began on November 3, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Dates of Manufacture:
JUN 16, 2014 to JUN 30, 2016


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