Traditionally the best all-around sports car in the past several years, the BMW S65 M3 is a true joy to own. I purchased the convertible with factory installed Dinan options including a high-flow exha...
Traditionally the best all-around sports car in the past several years, the BMW S65 M3 is a true joy to own. I purchased the convertible with factory installed Dinan options including a high-flow exhaust with Dinan mufflers, suspension, and cold air intake. It was used but equipped with every factory option including the super quick shifting Dual Clutch Transmission with seven forward speeds.
This car does everything very, very well and with an ECU flash upgrade it is also very, very quick. The sound of the normally aspirated V8 is intoxicating especially with the downshifts from the DCT when the car rev matches at the highest setting.
Settings are generous in this car. There are three damper settings, five shift settings that vary agression in the DCT, traction settings and others that enable you to tune the combinations to suit your style. The iDrive becomes very intuitive and easy to use after some practice and shortcuts are there as well as dedicated buttons that once learned barely make it necessary to avert your vision from up high near the road and the display; A display which is easy to read and navigate even on very bright days.
It is a thirsty car and an average mpg of 14.5 over several months is almost obscene but with Ferrari California Spider performance and the fact I only drive it on the weekends make it well worth it. Yes- it's that fast!!
The M3 corners incredibly well and will easily keep up with my highly modified VW R32 or my highly tuned S2000 in the corners without breaking a sweat, although the steering feel and the quickness of the steering rack are slightly behind these other two. Similar to the other two though, the M3 is confidence inspiring in the corners and gets "smaller" the more quicker you drive it.
The best feature is the hardtop convertible roof and it gives the car a handful of looks and variations, all of which are unique and appealing. First, with the roof and windows up, the convertible is just as good looking as the coupe. Although it doesn't slope as elegantly, the "notch-back" profile with the top up harkens to the great roofline of the early Chrysler 300 redux models. It has brushed aluminum surround around the windows which the coupe doesn't and in a Jet Black exterior car the contrast is very handsome and the odd cut line in the trunk disappears as do the three roof cut lines in this darkest color. Second, all the windows- front and rear- can be rolled down. In the coupe the rear windows are fixed. In the convertible, with all the windows rolled down the greenhouse has no "B-pillar" and this look is amazing as well! Third, with the top down and windows up, it's a very cool and sporty look as the shape of the windows mirror the missing roof line. Last, with the top down and windows down it looks like a long boulevardier that gives it a luxury car stance and appearance.
It is in fact luxurious by sports car standards and has many features that are premium including the smell of the Connolly Leather to the stereo and the climate control system. The rear view mirrors are darkened for no glare means and the ample steering wheel has controls- even a voice control button- for many features in the cabin. It grips well in the rain and 50/50 weight distribution with the top up makes it easy to handle at it's very high limits.
This is a true sports coupe disguised as a luxury car which doubles as a convertible, which impersonates a Ferrari California Spider. Flexibility like this including ample trunk space as well as a fold down luggage deck over the rear seats- which fit smaller adults easily- are some of the features that make this car livable while still being wildly entertaining to drive. The best from BMW's Motorsport division and with a few modifications and an ECU reflash, a world class performer.