With each new rendition of the M3, from the first E30 M3 in 1985 to the 2015 F80 M3, BMW refines the looks, the feels, and the functionality of the entire automobile. Now exclusively a four door sedan, the M3 is the big brother to the new M4.
In July of 2015, BMW will begin production for the F80 M3 LCI, a special edition of the M3 similar to the E46 CSL M3. The LCI will feature updated LED taillights along with an updated iDrive system, a new palette of colors to choose from, and a new competition package further improving on the car’s already outstanding performance.
Because the F80 M3 has its design tied to the F82 M4, there are similarities between both cars. The most notable difference between the two is the number of doors that they feature. The F80 M3 exterior features include aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors, M badges, and a plethora of carbon fiber, including the carbon roof from the previous E92 M3. Other features on the F80 M3 are 19” light alloy wheels featuring a double-spoke style design with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and M carbon ceramic brakes.
Inside the lush cabin, features include contoured rear seats crafted from composite material reducing weight, front seats that have been inspired by bucket seats and have an illuminated M logo on the backrests. An anthracite roof liner comes standard as well as M doorsill finishers, M gearshift lever, and an M driver’s footrest.
A 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque breathes life into the newest rendition of the M3. From a dead stop, the F80 M3 does 0-62 in a quick 3.9 seconds with the DCT 7-speed transmission and 4.1 seconds with the manual, both with top speeds limited at 155 miles per hour.