Used BMW M3 For Sale
Originally born out of the Motorsports division in 1985, the BMW M3 was designed as a homologation of Group A Touring Car racing. Based on the production 3-series coupe, the M3 originally featured thinner side and rear window glass, as well as a lighter trunk lid. It also had wider wheels and tires, a deeper front spoiler and additional rear spoiler, and an increased power rating of 192 hp. Whether you are looking for a brand new BMW M3 for sale, or the now collectible M3 CLS, E30 M3, E36 M3, or E46 M3, explore our BMW M3 listings of fine automobiles for sale and find one that suits your garage.
Since then, the M3 was available in coupe and convertible versions until 2013. In 2013, the M3 coupe was discontinued but passed its DNA on to the M4 coupe. The M3 name was not lost, though, as it has been carried on in the sedan form that was originally available in 1995 ‘s E36 generation.
Over time, the M3 carried many of its original characteristics as a compact sports car and comfortable daily driver. As time passed, the M3 became more technology-laden and somewhat bulkier, and as some purists may argue, less pure in spirit than the E30 M3.
By the time 2000 and the M3 E46 rolled off the production line, BMW’s E30 represented a bygone era. The 3.2-liter inline six now produced 338 hp, more than any other engine of road-going origin. With an aggressive facelift and the increased use of carbon fiber, this new M3 on the block drew crowds.
In 2007, the E90 series of M3 rolled out, breaking all Bavarian 3-series tradition with its use of a 414 hp 4.0-liter V8. This new generation featured a carbon fiber roof, interior panels, and, in the sedan version, the aggressively sculpted front end of the coupe. With the arrival of 2014, the F80, or new sedan version of the M3, took over as the coupe and convertible disappeared.
For 2017, BMW’s M division released a Competition Package for the M3 sedan. Starting with Adaptive M Suspension, the comprehensive package includes springs, shocks, sway bars and more aggressive tuning of the active differential. Race inspired front seats and forged wheels are lighter than standard production models. No detail was overlooked, as even the seatbelts are stitched with M stripes.
The Competition exhaust opens with engine start alerting everyone of an immediate departure. Gloss black replaces chrome for the grills & trim, perpetuating a sinister appearance. More than aesthetic upgrades, the twin turbo straight six now makes 425 hp. Torque is 406 lb-ft at only 1,850 rpm. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, and the 7-speed dual clutch is optional. Sixty mph arrives 0.1 second sooner (3.8 vs 3.9) than the previous year, with a top speed limited to 156 mph. These upgrades will add $5500 to the sticker. Standard equipment includes a roof of carbon fiber, which is also used for the strut tower brace and drive shaft. Carbon-ceramic brakes are optional, as are LED headlights, HUD and Driver Assistance.
With BMW’s M designation and 30 years of on and off track accomplishments, the 2015 M3 is a mesmerizing combination of digital and mechanical performance. Available exclusively as a sedan, power comes from a twin turbocharged, 425 horsepower inline six-cylinder engine. Available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the driver is offered a wide range of suspension, engine and transmission settings. Exterior updates for 2016 are full LED taillights and new color choices. Inside, the navigation and climate control software is more user-friendly. This M3 blends style and cutting edge performance at an excellent value. Did we mention how fast this sedan is? The 30-50 mph takes only 1.9 seconds, a figure staunchly supportive of the M3’s claim to mid-range power. BMW has used 30 years of M3 development wisely and has produced a useful sedan with looks to turn heads, speed to satisfy those who live for the passing lane and adaptable comfort for those who desire versatility.
Germany has done away with the M3 Coupe and has now made the legendary sports car available only as a sedan. For those who still want their two-door M-powered fix, be sure to read up on the 2015 BMW M4, also featured in this issue. While the doors may be the most evident change made to the new M3, there are quite a few other changes that make this new M3 deserving of even more attention. Previous M3 models were powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V-8; the new 2015 model has a 3.0-liter TwinPower inline-six engine installed. Thanks to the two turbochargers, BMW states that this engine puts out 431 horsepower. This power will rocket the car from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. Of course, power means nothing if the car has a few too many pounds. Thankfully, an intelligent lightweight design was a top priority for engineers. Throughout the car, especially in the carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) roof, lightweight materials were used. Enthusiasts are going
2017 M3 Specs
- Price: $64,000
- Engine: Twin Turbo 3.0-liter straight six
- Horsepower: 425
- Torque: 406 lb-ft
- 0-60: 3.9 seconds
- Top Speed: 156 mph (limited)
- Transmission: 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch
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