When BMW uses the M badge, we know they are serious. When it comes about the M3, they are dead serious about it. It is necessary for us here, at Up and Coming Cars, check this car before the year ends. Why? The 2015 M3 has been remade, even representing a step further in the M series. This new model of the high-performance M3 has the codename F80. Many of you already know what this means.
Above its jaw-breaking, hostile design, as expected from this series, the 2015 M3 has an enviable performance. It delivers a track-like experience, wherever you drive it. It’s up to you to squeeze the true power in the new engine developed.
Let’s review some of the main highlights of the 2015 BMW M3.
Drivetrain and Mechanics
BMW launched a new engine for this model, which has been denominated as S55. The S55 engine is a twin-turbo intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0 L inline-6, which features plenty of muscle to produce 425 horsepower at 7300 RPM and 406 lb-ft at 1850 RPM. Along with this highly tuned power plant, we found a 6-speed manual transmission with a twin-disc clutch. The 3559 lb (1615 kg) German beast is quick enough to go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4.1 seconds.
While aluminum and carbon fiber are predominant during the designing phase in order to cut weight, the optimized transmission delivers a unique experience, which feels truly athletic. An optional 7-speed M double-clutch with Drivelogic technology is also available.
The top speed, unfortunately, is electronically limited at 163 mph (262 km/h). This rear-wheel drive M3 has a pretty good fuel consumption at 17 mpg for the city and 26 mpg for the highway.
The exhaust on the 2015 M3 delivers a belligerent roar, making the difference among turbo power plant. A sports tuned suspension with electronic stability control makes a great combo with the unmatchable handling. This model truly provides a supreme experience. But, some think that the rack-pinion steering feels kind of remote in some situations.
The braking is highly responsible at all cases. The M carbon ceramic brakes are optional while the gripping power is provided by 255/35 R19 high-performance tires in the front and the same quality for the 275/35 R19 in the rear end.
Exterior and Interior Features
The 2015 M3 doesn’t have a lack of proper comfort and fancy elements. Many could think the opposite, judging it by its wild, high-performance spirit. It seems to angry and brave to be true. The front fascia features that new modernism from BMW, plus two small air intakes with integrated splitters at each extreme of the bumper. The hood seems kind of bulky. We don’t know if is due the dimensions of the engine or for aerodynamic ends.
The four exhaust pipes are an always welcomed element. We love it. There are three sets of wheel available, being a set of lightweight 18-inch alloy the standard. When the interior becomes a priority, the 10-way driver’s and passenger’s seats with quite different features, wrapped up with top-notch leather, are one of the main features. High-qualities materials are used all over the place, as expected from the German carmaker.
Keyless entry with push button start is a nice touch for the 2015 M3 while the 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is an entertaining promise. BMW is offering multiple packages for enhanced safety and comfort. For example, the Driver Assistance Plus pack delivers several tech toys, like the active blind-spot detection and forward collision warning. While the Executive Package goes further in terms of comfort, equipping a heated steering wheel, park distance control, rear view camera, and many other related items.
The Bottom Line
The upcoming year will bring awesome news about the 2015 M3’s successor. We are sure about it. By now, the base price is around US$64.195.