There are two types of premium compact super sports sedans: The BMW M3 is one type, the BMW M3-fighter is the other. The 2015 BMW M3 enters a more crowded ring of contenders than ever before. Is it still the top of the heap, or does it finally need to concede to its rivals?
The BMW M3/M4 are probably the most anticipated and capable new sports sedans on the market. You want one. So do we. How would you have it?
Yesterday we asked you fine people which car or cars (or cars and motorcycles, or cars and drugs) you'd buy instead of the mighty 2015 BMW M4 or its sedan counterpart the M3. Over at the UK's Autocar, Steve Sutcliffe has an answer to that question that you might not expect.
BMW says that the twin-turbo inline six in their new 2015 BMW M3 has 425 horsepower. But those in the know, and those who have driven it, swear it's underrated. Now we know the truth.
The thing about auto writers is this: we can't all be Chris Harris. (I certainly know I'm not.) Sometimes the powerful cars we test can get away from us. Case in point: two brand-spankin' new BMW M3s apparently destroyed during the recent press drive at Road America.
The 2015 BMW M3 and M4 have a new, turbocharged inline six that's more powerful and torquey than the high-revving V8 of the previous M3. But that's not the whole story. They're also lighter, tighter and just as much fun. Here are a few things I learned from driving the two Mers at a spectacular American race course.
Three, meet Four.
The 2015 BMW M3 and the misnamed 2015 BMW M4 (let's just call it the M3 Coupe) are going to be all sorts of wonderful. And now we know just how much all that wonderful will cost. This is a case where two is greater than four. Or at least more expensive.
I'd say the new BMW M3 and M4 are shaping up rather nicely, what with their 424 horsepower twin turbo inline-six engines and honest to God manual transmissions. And now some BMW racing drivers say they're great, too!
The 2015 M4 is a car BMW can't afford to screw up. The good news is that the new car not only looks fantastic, but according to the numbers, should be damn fast too. Just how we like it.
Rejoice everyone. BMW has officially dispelled the rumors that the new M3 and M4 won't have a manual transmission. The 424 horsepower turbocharged monsters will let you row the gears yourself. Happy days are still here.