• (4.7) 7 reviews
  • Available Prices: $24,837–$43,717
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 16-17
  • Engine: 414-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2012 BMW M3

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 BMW M3

What We Don't Like

  • Bulging hood

Notable Features

  • 414-hp V-8
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission
  • No 2012 sedan
  • coupe or convertible only
  • Distinctive M appearance

2012 BMW M3 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

BMW's high-performance M3 features V-8 power and returns as a coupe or convertible. A sedan version will not be offered as BMW prepares to introduce a redesigned 3 Series sedan, due in the 2012 calendar year. The four-seat M3 serves as the most powerful version of the 3 Series, with a 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8, a six-speed manual transmission and aggressive styling that's common to BMW's M cars. Competition includes the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Lexus IS-F and Chevrolet Corvette.

New for 2012
The elimination of the sedan is the only major change for the M3 line.

Exterior
Except for the chassis, doors, trunk lid and fuel-filler cap, BMW says the M3 doesn't have any other parts in common with the regular 3 Series. BMW calls the bulge on the M3's aluminum hood a "powerdome." It's flanked by two air intake accents, one on each side of the bulge. Exterior features include:

  • Carbon fiber roof to save weight and lower the center of gravity
  • Large openings in front for increased cooling
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Flared fenders for wide wheels and tires
  • Quad-tipped dual exhaust
  • Lightweight 18-inch wheels with performance tires
  • Available 19-inch wheels


Interior
The driver can choose from a multitude of suspension and engine preferences using MDrive, which controls the electronic stability system, steering response, ride comfort and throttle response. It varies the settings to make the M3 suited for either everyday driving or track duty. Interior features include:

  • Leather-clad interior highlighted with a choice of carbon fiber or wood trim
  • Available stereo options include an 825-watt, 16-speaker system
  • Push-button start
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Available moonroof
  • Available navigation system with iDrive
  • Available iPod and USB adapter


Under the Hood
With 414 hp, the 4.0-liter V-8 revs up to 8,400 rpm. BMW's double-vanos variable valve timing is used, as are individual throttle bodies for each cylinder that provide improved throttle response. Mechanical features include:

  • 414-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 with 295 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Available seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual with paddle shifters
  • BMW says the M3 goes from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds
  • Electronically limited 155 mph top speed


Safety
As you would expect from a performance car, large four-wheel-disc brakes bring the M3 to a halt quickly. Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags (coupe)
  • Head extensions for side-impact airbags (convertible)

 

Consumer Reviews

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Have coveted the E92 M3 for a long time

by PACarGuy from Wynnewod, PA on June 14, 2017

Beautiful car with stunning performance. Can be driven sedately as a daily driver or wrung out hard on the track and handles both equally well. The M-DCT transmission is quick and makes this car ext... Read Full Review

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2 Trims Available

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2012 BMW M3 Safety Ratings

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Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

48mo/50,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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