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Key Specs

of the 2013 BMW M3. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Bulging hood

Notable Features of the 2013 BMW M3

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

2013 BMW M3 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.
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 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 ...
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.
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 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

Safety
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)

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Darn should have bought it

by Jl2402 from Atlanta ga on October 5, 2018

Great car wish I bought this one, drove it loved it, why did I not buy it. Great tool still using it. I?ll get the next one ASAP Read full review

(5.0)

Awesome car, fantastic engine.

by JMC from Kansas City on July 21, 2018

Purchased it with 14k miles 2 years ago, 37k Miles now, blast to drive, the competition package is a must, hope to have years more of enjoyment. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 BMW M3 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 BMW M3 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by BMW
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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