The BMW M3 is one of those cars that is always regarded as a benchmark in its segment, a car that others have to beat in order to be considered worthy. Once you take a spin in it, the reason why the M3 has such a reputation becomes very much evident. BMW has now released a new M3 and it has now planted its wheels on Indian roads. Let the rubber burning begin!
Powertrain and Performance
Right then, to business. The business end of the new BMW M3 is a 3.0 litre, straight 6 cylinder, petrol engine helped along by turbochargers to produce 425 bhp. Coupled to either a 6 speed manual gearbox or a 7 speed, double clutch automatic transmission, this engine can propel the car from a standstill to 100 kph in just 4.1 seconds and go all the way to hit an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph. All whatever you may have heard about the M3, about it being balanced and precise and crisp; we can cross our hearts and say that it is all true. Whether it is on a racetrack or a mountain road or a highway, this car handles it all with aplomb. The steering is light and the throttle response is instantaneous, meaning that you can dart from corner to corner and have immense fun doing it every single time. Even though the engine in the old M3 is better than the unit in the new one, the delight you get while driving this car has definitely not diminished. In its segment, you would be hard pressed to find a car that is more entertaining to drive.
Build and Styling
The M3 is built in typical BMW style and there is no mistaking it for any other car. The outside resembles a regular 3 Series on the outside but with definite and bold differences. The bumpers are more chiselled, the wheel arches are flared, the car gets bigger and sportier alloy rims and so on. All of these design elements come together to give this car a far more aggressive stance than the standard 3 Series that it is based on. Step inside and again, the quality of everything you see and touch is excellent. Features include equipment such as a BMW head-up display specific to the M Series, the iDrive controller with a touch feature to control various vehicle parameters, a plethora of cameras on the outside of the car to give the driver an almost unobstructed view of the surroundings of the car to make parking a breeze, adaptive LED headlamp clusters, multiple airbags, a shock absorber built into the front bumper to reduce the severity of impact for pedestrians, adaptive M suspension, launch control and so on. The best part is that you can drive it insanely fast even if you are a novice driver thanks to all the electronic driver aids this car comes with.
Some people might feel that the M3 is not as brilliant as it once was. But get behind the wheel, drive it hard around for a bit, take in the features it comes equipped with; and there will be no doubt this new car has earned the M3 badge. Whether you take it out on the school run or a motorway drive or a blast around a track, few cars can put as wide a smile on your face as the BMW M3 can. And that is all that matters.