2013 BMW M3

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

181.8” x 54.8”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • V-8's 8,400 rpm redline
  • Range of suspension, engine and steering adjustability

The bad:

  • Bulging hood

1 trim

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Notable features

  • 414-hp V-8
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Distinctive M appearance

2013 BMW M3 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

BMW’s high-performance M3 features V-8 power and returns as a coupe or convertible. The four-seat M3 serves as the most powerful version of the 3 Series, with a 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 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 2013
There are no changes for the 2013 model year.
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

The driver can choose from a multitude of suspension and engine preferences using M Drive, 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
  • 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

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

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


A classic that will only appreciate in value!

I'd been driving 328i's for over 10 years but always wanted an M3.  I only wanted an E92/S-65 version and took my time to find the right one.  I found it two years ago (in 2018) at a dealership 900 miles away from where I live:  It was a 2013 with only 27,800 miles on it.  I flew down to check it out.  It was Space Grey and had the competition package and cold weather package.  Another interesting feature I discovered when I got there, was that it also had the Dinan exhaust system as well.  The dealer never mentioned that and the web pictures never showed it.  He had no idea of the added value.  The car was spotless and I was impressed. The test drive sealed the deal.  What a machine. I felt I stole it for $34,000.  It has the 7 speed dual clutch tranny.  I've always driven sticks, and my previous 328's were all sticks, but at 61 years of age, and with the idiot drivers in NC, I actually preferred a slushbox at this point.  The dual clutch tranny is outstanding.  The shifts are tighter than anything I could ever do with the manual, but if I want to go into sport mode, I can do it grabbing the console shifter or by tapping the paddles.   While the M3 is more known for its speed, it is also incredibly comfortable to drive.  The leather seats are well cushioned and just hug you from the side.  I have a bad back, and driving this home from Miami to NC straight through, I had no additional pain at all by the end of the trip.  The interior trim is fairly simple  but well appointed.  Mine has the wood grained dash, and also has the rear window power sun screen.  Also has the recessed GPS and the premium sound system.  This car is the last of a rare breed - a naturally aspirated V-8 with a sound that is simply glorious.  It has three tones: a low smooth rumble at idle, a growl with normal acceleration, and an absolute roar if you jump on it.  According to my 21 year old son (who owns my previous 328i coupe), I drive it too gently, though he's  not always with me.  :-)  I let him drive it a couple of times and his face lit up as he put it through its paces in sport mode.  I probably do drive it too easy most of the time.  I don't track it, but I've certainly had some fun with it.  It is nice to know I have the power there when I want it, especially on the interstate.  Going into "M" mode is a real treat.  The car just takes off like a rocket and it pins you to the rear of the seat.  It's handling is firm, but not uncomfortable, and it takes corners with ease. Beyond its power and handling, this is simply a beautiful car with incredible lines, my favorite being the flared rocker panels.  I originally figured I'd keep it for a couple of years until I "got it out of my system".  I still haven't, and can't imagine I ever will.  I still look forward to driving this every day.  The newer M3's are admittedly even faster, but they sound like crap.  I rarely even listen to music in mine.  The sound of the S-65 engine as it goes through its paces is like a symphony to me. It now has 55,000 miles on it, and those are predominately interstate and back road miles to and from work.  I'm getting ready to retire, so the yearly mileage will be even less now.  I don't plan to sell it.  It's just too much fun to drive.   I recommend this car wholeheartedly.  As the last of the naturally aspirated M cars, is destined to be a classic and I believe it will hold its value very well.


great toy with all the goodies

runs great and like a new one, well worth the trip to Texas to buy it. This has all the options available and what I wanted


Most fun for the money

I bought a 2013 M3 convertible for a daily driver and love it. I owned a ‘17 M3 with competition package and as great as it was, it doesn’t compare with the E93. Reasons: E93 is the perfect balance of power and handling. The F80 can be terrifyingly fast and lacks the steering feedback of the E93. E93 brakes feel more effective than F80. Maybe it’s my imagine but the E93 seemingly stops in the length of a crayon. The exhaust note on the E93 is glorious. The F80 is, well, it leaves something to be desired. The E93 seats are far more comfortable than F80 with competition package which are so heavily bolstered that only small women can be comfortable. The E93 ride is far more forgiving. I will say, the F80 tech is far superior and interior aesthetics are better but I’ll still take my E93 given the choice. I’d encourage anyone to buy a low mileage E9x while you can. The only V8 M3 will be harder to find and more expensive very soon.

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