Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags with passenger seat sensor, front seat-mounted side impact airbags, side curtain airbags, and automatic crash response system come standard and are controlled by BMW’s Advanced Safety System.An ABS system along with BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system comes standard.Grip is also exceptional thanks to standard 18-inch wheels shod in 245/40-size tires in the front and extra-wide 265/40 in the rear.A standard close-ratio 6-speed manual can make the driver feel like the king of speed, but models equipped with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission are ultimately quicker.
All of these factory upgrades afford the steroidal 3 Series an innate handling ability.
The car’s 4.0-liter V-8 produces 414 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, good enough for zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds with the dual-clutch transmission, according to our tests.
A lightweight aluminum chassis developed by BMW’s M Division specifically for the M3 helps keep the car’s curb weight down.
As BMW redesigns the 3 Series lineup, a next-generation M3 performance car can’t be far behind.
Just as the 2012 M5 transitioned from a V-10 to a V-8, expect the new M3 to have a boosted six-cylinder engine under its hood when it debuts.