The BMW M3 is a high-performance version of the BMW 3 Series developed as in-house motorsport by the German automobile manufacturer BMW from 1986 to 2018. The BMW M3 is a compact executive car coming with a rear-wheel drive layout in relation to the BMW 3 Series and BMW M4. The BMW M3 entered the market in a coupe body style which was later joined by the convertible body style soon after. The BMW did not limit its designs, it was available in sedans between 1994 and 1999 and again resumed its production between 2008 and 2012 but in 2014, BMW made the M3 a sedan vehicle as the coupe and convertible body styles got rebranded as the 4 Series range.
The BMW M3 comes in a total of 5 generations from 1986 to 2018 namely;
The first generation of the BMW M3 entered the market in March 1986 until June 1991 in 2-door 2+2 coupe and 2-door convertible body style with a 2.0-2.5 L S14 I4 engine powered by a 5-speed manual transmission.
The second generation of the BMW M3 was in production between 1992 and 1999 coming in a 2-door 2+2 coupe, 2-door convertible, and 4-door sedan along with a 3.0-3.2 L S50/S52 I6 engine powered by either a 5-speed manual and automatic or 6-speed manual and SMG transmission. In September 1995, the BMW M3 received a facelift that came with changes including an increase in the engine displacement to 3.2 L, an upgrade of the manual transmission from a 5-speed to a 6-speed, wheels, and clear indicator lenses.
The third generation of the BMW M3 started its production in September 2000 up to August 2006 coming in 2-door 2+2 coupe and 2-door convertible body style with a 3.2 L S54 I6 and 4.0 L P60 V8 (GTR only) engine, powered by a 6-speed manual or SMG-ii transmission.
The fourth generation of the BMW M3 was in production between 2007 and July 2013 coming in a 4-door sedan (E90), a 2-door coupe (E92), and a 2-door convertible (E93) powered by a 4.0 to 4.4 L S65 V8 engine and a 6-speed manual or 7-speed manual dual-clutch transmission. This generation became the first to be available with a dual-clutch transmission.
The fifth generation of the BMW M3 was produced from 2014 to October 2018 coming in a 4-door sedan body style in relation to the BMW M4 (F82/F83) coming with a 3.0L S55 twin-turbo I6 and a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This generation comes in a sedan body style alone following a split-off of the 4 Series coupe and convertible from the 3 Series.
Now that we are familiar with all BMW M3 generations, let us examine the several features that make the car the first choice of many concentrating on the 2010 model.
Performance and Efficiency
The BMW M3 coupe, sedan, and convertible comes with a 4.0liter 32-Volvo 414-hp V-8 engine with M-Double VANOS along with 8 individual throttles that are electronically controlled by a Digital Motor Electronics (DME) with on-board diagnostics, oil coolant heat exchanger, a distributorless electronic ignition system and a 3-way catalytic converter with heated oxygen sensor.
While on the road, stability and efficiency of the vehicle are essential for any car and that is vividly proven by the BMW M3 which comes with features that maximizes the driver’s ability to handle the car at all times while on the road. The BMW M3 is designed with a Dynamic Stability Control, an All-Season Traction with Variable M Differential Lock that assists the car in slippery road conditions, Electronic Damping Control with Comfort, Normal and Sports modes, Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, M Drive with M Dynamic Model (MDM), 4-wheel BMW M vacuum assisted ventilated, cross drilled compound disc brakes with floating rotors and a high-performance tuned anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Dynamic Brake Control.
Interior, Instruments and Controls
The interior of the BMW M3 is like no other coming in a magnificent design for both the coupe, convertible, and sedan. The M3 interior features an Anthracite and Black Cloth/Leather upholstery, anthracite headliner, titanium shadow interior trim, power-adjustable front sport seats with 4-way lumbar support, manually thigh support, and memory system for driver seat and outside mirrors, split fold-down rear seats, folding rear-seat headrest, adjustable front armrest and door sills with BMW M3 logo.
To add up to the interior is the BMW audio system that comes with AM/FM stereo/CD audio system with a Radio Data System and HD Radio with multicast FM station reception.
It also comes with features that ease the vehicle usage like the engine start/stop button, Check Control vehicle monitoring system, Service Interval Indicator, on-board computer with detailed vehicle information, including travel range on remaining fuel external temperature, a navigation system with 16.9 screen and Voice Command system, and a tire pressure monitor.
Comfort and Convenience
To ensure that the driving experience is one of a kind, BMW manufactured the M3 with several comfort and convenience features like the multi-function remote control, Comfort Access keyless entry with multi function remote control, an automatic climate control, power front/rear windows with one-touch up/down operation, rain-sensing windshield wipers with Automatic headlight control, a 3 spoke, leather-wrapped multi function M sport steering wheel with audio phone controls, an automatic seat-belt assistant, BMW Ambiance front and rear lighting, Vehicle & Key Memory, an electric interior trunk release, and a fully finished trunk.
Safety and Security
For a vehicle with a sports car’s performance ability and designs, the BMW M3 comes with safety and security features that protect the vehicle against seen and unforeseen risks while on the road. The BMW M3 comes with a driver’s and passenger’s front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbag, a Head Protection System on both front and rear, the BMW’s Advanced Safety System for integrated deployment of passive and active safety features, Adaptive Brake Lights, Child seat automatic safety belt locking device, a central control locking system that leaves the gas filler door unlocked, Coded Driveaway Protection, crash sensor with automatic door unlocking and hazard light activation, and a crash sensor with Battery Safety Terminal and fuel cut-off triggered by airbag deployment.
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