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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Aggressive but restrained styling
  • Sedan's backseat space
  • Carbon fiber interior accents
  • Small-hub M steering wheel

The Bad

  • Carbon fiber roof looks odd on black cars
2015 BMW M3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 BMW M3
  • Redesigned for 2015
  • Sedan (M3) or coupe (M4)
  • Turbocharged six-cylinder instead of prior-generation's V-8
  • Dual-clutch or traditional manual transmission with downshift rev-matching
  • Rear-wheel drive

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

From the 2014 North American International Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays delivers a doubled barreled review for BMW's debut M3 sedan and M4 coupe.

Vehicle Overview

Witness the new M3 sedan and its M4 coupe sibling, which lop off two cylinders but add a whole heap of turbocharging. It had to happen, didn't it? Automakers — particularly the Germans — are swapping cylinders for turbos like displacement is the plague. The latest iterations of the Audi S8 and BMW M5 have dropped V-10s for turbo V-8s; even Mercedes-Benz downsized most of its AMG V-8s and added turbos.

And so it goes with the M3 and M4, which drop the outgoing M3's 4.0-liter V-8 for a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. (The M4 replaces the prior-gen M3 coupe, much as the 4 Series replaces the prior 3 Series coupe.) Overall power climbs, however, with the turbo six making 425 horsepower versus the last M3's 414 hp. The M3 takes on Mercedes-Benz's C63 AMG and, if Lexus' latest teaser is any indication, an IS-F version of the new IS 250/350. Cadillac's rumored ATS-V is another competitor. The M4, meanwhile, takes on the likes of Mercedes' C63 AMG coupe, Audi's RS 5 and perhaps Jaguar's forthcoming F-Type coupe.ExteriorWhereas any sports-car maker claims development time at Germany's Nürburgring circuit, BMW says it put in "thousands of laps" on the famed track. (Take that, auto industry!) BMW says the M3 and M4 use lots of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, which we've seen extensively on the automaker's new i8 sports car. Both the M3 and M4 have carbon-fiber roofs.

Both cars also have rewor...

Vehicle Overview

Witness the new M3 sedan and its M4 coupe sibling, which lop off two cylinders but add a whole heap of turbocharging. It had to happen, didn't it? Automakers — particularly the Germans — are swapping cylinders for turbos like displacement is the plague. The latest iterations of the Audi S8 and BMW M5 have dropped V-10s for turbo V-8s; even Mercedes-Benz downsized most of its AMG V-8s and added turbos.

And so it goes with the M3 and M4, which drop the outgoing M3's 4.0-liter V-8 for a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. (The M4 replaces the prior-gen M3 coupe, much as the 4 Series replaces the prior 3 Series coupe.) Overall power climbs, however, with the turbo six making 425 horsepower versus the last M3's 414 hp. The M3 takes on Mercedes-Benz's C63 AMG and, if Lexus' latest teaser is any indication, an IS-F version of the new IS 250/350. Cadillac's rumored ATS-V is another competitor. The M4, meanwhile, takes on the likes of Mercedes' C63 AMG coupe, Audi's RS 5 and perhaps Jaguar's forthcoming F-Type coupe.ExteriorWhereas any sports-car maker claims development time at Germany's Nürburgring circuit, BMW says it put in "thousands of laps" on the famed track. (Take that, auto industry!) BMW says the M3 and M4 use lots of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, which we've seen extensively on the automaker's new i8 sports car. Both the M3 and M4 have carbon-fiber roofs.

Both cars also have reworked bumpers with larger air intakes and frontal air curtains to redirect airflow. The M3 gets a slight trunk lid spoiler, while the M4's deck lid juts up enough to do the job without a dedicated spoiler. Like in past M cars, the side mirrors have twin supports, though the upper one is fake. LED headlights are optional.
InteriorThe cars' cabins mirror the 4 Series and 3 Series interiors with the addition of M-specific cues like badging, a sportier steering wheel, sport seats, plenty of carbon fiber trim and a unique instrument cluster.

For the controls, a 6.5-inch tabletlike screen is mounted on dashboard; it shows stereo and vehicle information. BMW says the cars use a new generation of the brand’s navigation system with "extra capability," clearer graphics and 3-D map elements.


Under the HoodOverall power comes to 425 hp from 5,500 to 7,300 rpm and 406 pounds-feet of torque at just 1,850 rpm. That's up from the last M3's 414 hp at a sky-high 8,300 rpm and 295 pounds-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm. BMW says weight drops some 175 pounds versus the M3 coupe, whose 3,704-pound curb weight already outdid its class – 112 and 308 pounds lighter, respectively, than the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and Audi RS 5 coupes. Both competitors employ normally aspirated V-8s, however, and future versions could drop a couple cylinders and their attendant ballast. BMW has a considerable lead, but only for now.

Add it all up and BMW says the M3 and M4 sprint to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a twin-clutch, seven-speed automatic or 4.1 seconds with a six-speed manual, which can now match revs like in the M5. That's expletive-inducing quickness, and it means the new M3 and M4 should leap past its predecessor (4.5 to 4.7 seconds for the 2012 M3 coupe, depending on transmission). It should also outrun the C63 AMG (4.4 seconds) and Audi RS 5 (4.5 seconds). (All times are from each car's respective automaker.)

Thanks to the displacement decrease, the M3 and M4 reduce fuel consumption by 25 percent versus the (pretty inefficient) M3, BMW says.
Safety FeaturesA head-up display is optional, as is a front-collision warning system and Active Driving Assistant, which warns the driver of an impending collision with a pedestrian.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
19 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Great Sports Car

by MichaelO25 from Cape Coral on December 3, 2018

This car is amazing. It is hands down the best car I have owned. There is no domestic car out there that can even come close my BMW M3's performance. Read full review

(5.0)

Not for everyday use just for show

by M3Gunjaedition from Chicago, IL on December 2, 2018

Hot vehicle heads turning looks, amazingly fast, aggressively loud with Remus exhaust and Activate Autowerke 90mm single mid pipe. Fun to drive specially 6 speed manual transmission that has 3 levels ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 BMW M3 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 BMW M3 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

    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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