The new M3 looks more impressive than ever. This is due in part to a conspicuous front bumper, enlarged wheel arches, a tailgate-mounted spoiler (which completes the arc of a dramatically rising shoulder line) and a pair of quad-tipped dual-tailpipes. Practicality is as much a consideration as performance, which is why the vehicle retains its four-door body.
Since the M3 is based on the 3 Series, it’s no surprise that it offers a comfortable ride, low-slung front seats notwithstanding. These self-same positions offer lots of power-operated adjustment options, too, as does the vehicle’s sporty three-spoke steering wheel. There’s also room in the back for three younger passengers – or a pair of full-size adults – to travel in comfort.
The new M3 is lighter than ever and offers greater agility. This is a consequence of a new Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform that uses the innate strength of steel and blends it with lighter materials, specifically aluminium and, optionally, carbon fibre. The car is provided with selectable four-wheel drive for the first time, which means that engine power can be diverted entirely to the rear wheels, if required. A new 3.0-litre engine makes its debut with this latest M3. This six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged unit comes with (entry-level) 473bhp and (top-of-the-range) 503bhp outputs.
The all-new M3 is installed with plenty of leading-edge tech as standard, from stereo systems to satellite navigation. There remains the option to upgrade to a multi-speaker Harman Kardon system, which continues to provide an impeccable audiophile experience. It’s unlikely that the M3 will undergo Euro NCAP crash-testing (due to it selling in comparatively small numbers). However, since it’s based on the normal 3 Series, which has been awarded a maximum five-star rating, there’s every reason to expect that it will offer at least the same allocations of passive safety features and driver aids.
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