The 2021 BMW M3 is a high-performance version of the BMW 3 Series, developed by BMW. The BMW M3 has become the benchmark for performance and handling among small luxury cars. The muscular cousin of the 2021 BMW 3 Series, the BMW M3, is entering its sixth generation with more power and advanced performance technology than ever before. BMW also sounds set to make it happen, the next M3 will continue to offer a manual gearbox. The BMW M3 has a dual-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six available in two modes, which will deliver 473 and 503 horsepower.
The latter, however, is reserved for the Competition model, which is not available with the manual but does accept the four-wheel-drive for the first time. The Competition version will also highlight the performance potential of the sports sedan with track-ready hardware that will challenge opponents such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Mercedes-AMG C63.
2021 BMW M3 Exterior
As expected, the M3 accepts the same front end as the M4, which first launched on the latest 3-Series Coupe. BMW enthusiasts who do not like the big kidney grids on the 7 Series and X7 will feel the same about this new front end, but perhaps the rest of the car’s design can win it. On top of that, a European leading badge does wonder to obscure the size of the grid.
Like the grille, the rest of the M3 is more aggressive than ever before. It features massive ships and folds, car-inspired side panels, flared wheel arches, a lip spoiler, and huge four-wheel exhaust pipes. Standard M4models ride on giant offset wheels, 18 inches front and 19 inches at the rear, with the competition models getting even larger 19 and 20 inches. Several bold paint options are available, including the launch color, Isle of Man Green Metallic.
BMW M3 2021 Interior
Inside, the M3 looks like expected, BMW took the base 3 series and added the usual M-pieces. There is another steering wheel with red M1 and M2 buttons, a new shifter with surrounding M drive buttons, and more reinforced M sports seats available for ventilation for the first time. BMW also offers more aggressive M Carbon bucket seats. Their race-inspired design allows drivers to install seat belts with more points on track days, and they even come in an outrageous combination of black, green-blue, and neon. Along with the crazy seats, BMW will fix one of our biggest problems with the current M portfolio, the paddle shifters. The paddles on the current crop of M-cars feel too small, but the M3 offers an extensive carbon footprint that looks much better.
BMW M3 Engine
The M3 borrows the S58 twin-turbo inline engine from the X3 M and X4 M. In the M3 it delivers 473 horsepower and 406 lb of torque, an increase of 48 hp over the outgoing model. The M3 Competition increases the power even more with 503 hp and 479 lb of torque. BMW says the base car drives 60 km / h in just 4.1 seconds, and the competition lasts only 3.8 seconds. Extra attention has also been given to the exhaust fumes on this model, so we expect it to sound much better than the outgoing M3. Customers who buy the M3 core model will paddle their own gears with a six-speed manual gearbox that only sends power to the rear wheels. Competition models get an auto-speed, which sends the hassle to an M xDrive system. The four-wheel-drive system has an Active M differential, which can turn off the power of the front wheels, enabling an RWD mode for smoky burnouts.
2021 BMW M3 Safety
The Highway Safety Insurance Institute gave the 203 M3 Series the highest rating in all six crash tests. Depending on the decoration and how it is equipped, the 3-series headlights received the highest rating from Good, the second-lowest rating from Marginal, or the lowest rating from Weak for how well they illuminate the road. The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance functions.
The BMW 3 Series achieved the highest rating from Superior for its standard and optional vehicle-to-vehicle pre-vehicle prevention systems, while the standard vehicle-for-pedestrian system achieved a superior rating, and the optional system the second-highest rating from Advanced achieved. . The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not evaluate the 2021 BMW 3 Series. The standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning, a rearview camera, automatic emergency brake, lane departure warning, and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.