2013 BMW M3

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2013 BMW M3 Review
2013 BMW M3 Review

Comparable in performance to an exotic sports car, the 2013 BMW M3 comes with lots of practical features including good visibility out of the cabin and a roomy interior. With a faster acceleration rate and enhanced styling, the M3 stands out from the regular 3-Series offerings and boasts a competitive list of excellent standard comforts and great optional additions. The M3 is equipped with a host of different parts that distance it from other vehicles in the 3-Series line. This muscular-looking vehicle offers all the appeal of a high-performance sports car with all the practicality one needs for everyday use, competent at both highway speeds and in city traffic. While it comes in at a higher price than other 3-Series vehicles, the BMW M3 delivers all the class and performance one would expect from its price premium.

New For 2013

The new 3-Series sedan arrived in late 2011, and the 2013 model year introduces the new wagon, the option of all-wheel drive (for the sedan and wagon), and the first-ever 3-Series hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 3. The new 3-Series coupe and convertible will make their debut during 2013 and might switch to a new, 4-Series designation that will better justify their high price tags.


Available in a coupe or a convertible, the 2013 BMW M3 includes several differences in appearance that make it a bit flashier than other models of the 3-Series line. The fenders flair out and house larger 19-inch wheels, though standard fare is 18-inch wheels with performance tires. The front fascia includes a larger intake to draw in cool air. The hood features a powerdome that is equipped with two vents on either side to allow hot air to escape the engine. The rear includes a quad-tipped dual exhaust, a slim spoiler, and a rear fascia similar to the contours of the front-end design. The roof is made of a lightweight carbon fiber design which also serves to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity. The convertible is equipped with a modern retractable hard top. The BMW M3 is available in nine body colors, most notably Melbourne Red Metallic, Le Mans Blue Metallic, and Space Gray Metallic. Options available for the exterior include 19-inch light alloy double-spoke wheels with performance tires and automatic high beams.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 BMW M3 features all-leather upholstery and a choice of either wood or carbon fiber trim. The M3 is easy to step in and out of, and is comfortable even for average-sized adults seated in the rear seats – a rare finding in today’s sport coupes and convertibles. The driver’s seat is adjustable in several ways and can be quite accommodating to taller drivers. Slim pillars in the coupe allow for greater visibility out of the car in all directions. Controls are intuitive and easy to access. Standard interior features include cruise control, driver and passenger climate controls, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free calls. Entertainment equipment includes an AM/FM sounds system with a CD player and MP3 playback, and USB connectivity. The BMW M3 also includes memorized settings that can be applied to the climate control, audio system, and to driver settings of electronic systems. Available options include heated front seats, satellite radio service, and an enhanced sound system. The interior color options feature silver, grey, and red hues including two-tone combinations.


The 2013 BMW M3 includes all the basic safety features one would expect from a car of its class, including excellent and responsive brakes. Safety crash testing is unavailable for the BMW M3, as is generally the case with luxury sports cars. Standard safety accessories featured on the BMW M3 include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, and dual front side-mounted airbags with head protection chambers. A remote anti-theft alarm system and post-collision safety system are standard as well, for some extra peace of mind. As an added feature, the M3 also includes cornering lights that are perfect for dark, winding roads. Adaptive headlights with xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps are also included as standard features.

Driving Experience

A luxury sports vehicle with excellent performance, the 2013 BMW is just as much fun behind the wheel as one might expect from its sporty exterior and affluent namesake. The M3 also provides a compliant drive for everyday use, which reveals the versatility of the vehicle’s performance. All the latest technologies are incorporated to create a higher-performing vehicle, and it shows. Despite the current M3’s slightly heavier weight than previous model, its handling is still superb, taking corners and winding roads with ease and style. Equipped with a 4.0-liter V-8, the M3 delivers a hefty 414 horsepower (hp) and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is a competitive figure. A six-speed, manual transmission comes standard, and a seven-speed, dual-clutch, automated, manual transmission with paddle shifters is available. The M3 also has an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph, though that is surely enough to outperform nearly any vehicle on the road and is comparable to some exotic sports cars. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph is accomplished in a mere 4.8 seconds by the lighter-weight coupe, and the heavier convertible does so in just under six seconds.

Key Competitors For The 2013 BMW M3

  • Audi A4
  • Cadillac ATS/CTS
  • Infiniti G37
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class


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Although the 2015 BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe will be making a departure from the current model’s naturally-aspirated V-8 with a turbocharged inline-six cylinder, we recently heard that the newest M models will retain a manual transmission option. If this is true, driving purists should be pleased, especially considering that competitors like the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and 2014 Audi RS5 are not offered with a clutch pedal.
2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Edition Front Right View 2
I love the looks of this BMW M3 not just because of its big wheels and carbon-fiber spoiler, but also because the flared fenders and squat stance make it look deliberate and purposeful. I love the M3's V-8 engine not simply because it makes 414 hp, but because of the way it furiously races toward its 8400-rpm redline. I love the quad-tip exhaust not simply because it's loud (and it is very loud), but because it snarls and barks and growls like a race car. And I love the dual-clutch transmission not only because I can drop it into automatic mode when creeping around in rush-hour traffic, but because in full-bore mode it shifts with a ferocity and swiftness I could never manage with a manual gearbox.

2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Edition

2014 BMW M4 Front Three Quarter Spied Amag
BMW's 4 Series coupe is inching closer to production, which means it was about time to see more prototypes of the hopped-up 2015 M4 coupe testing. Sure enough, we found the super-coupe testing on the Nurburgring.
All The BMW M3s
An automotive enthusiasts dream: Motor Trend's Carlos Lago takes all four generations of BMW M3 out on the automaker's Spartanburg, South Carolina test track and compares the E30-, E36-, E46-, and E92-generations side-by-side.
2014 BMW M4 Spied Front Three Quarter 2 AM
Take a look at the photo above for a second: notice the kidney grilles, upright stature, and two-door layout: it’s the new BMW 4 Series. Now look a little bit closer at the driver’s side kidney grille insert, and that little black patch on it: that’s where the M4 badge goes. There’s no use in denying it: we’re looking at the next hot BMW sports coupe.

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2013 BMW M3 Specifications

Quick Glance:
4.0L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
14 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
20 MPG
414 hp @ 8300rpm
295 ft lb of torque @ 3900rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap

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Value Rating: Poor