BMW M3 Review – featuring E92
  • Storming acceleration; brilliant brakes; rapid-shifting gearbox; cabin feels special compared with a regular 3 Series; sedan $10K cheaper than (M4) coupe
  • Excellent to drive but lacks the driver-car connection of previous M3s; excessive tyre noise; fuel range could still be better

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8.5 / 10

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BMW M3 Review – featuring E92

Before you read any deeper into this BMW M3 review, let me declare some bias. I’m more of an M3 person than an M4 one. It’s not just about the four-door practicality, as most M3 generations sold in Australia have been coupes; or the fact the M3 saves you $10K over the M4; it’s also about that badge...

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2014 BMW M3 Review: Track test, skid pan and more
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2014 BMW M3 Review: Track test, skid pan and more

There is no better way to find out what a hugely powerful, rear-wheel drive icon like the all-new BMW M3 is really like than by putting it through its paces on a racetrack. And that's exactly what I've just done at the local(ish) launch of the new BMW M3 sedan and BMW M4 Coupe in New Zealand. But on this occasion there wasn’t just one track...

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2014 BMW M3 Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2014 BMW M3 Review

When it comes to high performance sedans, the BMW M3 is hard to beat both in terms of performance and stature...

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BMW M Division: Turbo-charging takes over

BMW’s move towards an entirely turbocharged range has been completed with the fifth-generation BMW M3 (and M4 coupe) debuting a twin-turbo in-line six to overtake the previous-generation M3’s naturally aspirated 4.0-litre V8. The question remains over what that means for the future of the German brand’s iconic M division, which until 2010 had stayed clear of using forced-induction...


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BMW M3 & M4 engine note "realistic" for the engine, company claims

Having moved away from the previous generation’s 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 for a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine, the new fifth-generation BMW M3 and M4’s engine note was always going to be a hot topic...


2014 BMW M3 and M4 pricing announced
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2014 BMW M3 and M4 pricing announced

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BMW M3 and M4 : available with BMW Service Inclusive and condition based servicing

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BMW M3, M4 twins revealed: 317kW, 550Nm, 0-100km/h in 4.1sec

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BMW M3 and M4 revealed in leaked images

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2014 BMW M3 spied undisguised

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BMW M3 coupe production ends

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BMW M3 sedan spied winter testing

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BMW M3 Pure: $125,000 M-car icon

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BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition marks stellar return to racing

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Rating: 910 /10
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2014 BMW M3 / M4 Spy Photos
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2014 BMW M3 / M4 Spy Photos

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New BMW M3 getting turbocharged inline-six: confirmed

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BMW M5 and M3 M Performance Editions revealed

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2012 BMW M3 Coupe Pure Edition II: 50 confirmed for Australia

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2014 BMW M3 sedan spy shots
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2014 BMW M3 sedan spy shots

BMW has been spotted once again testing a prototype of the next-generation BMW M3 sedan. This time the prototype was spotted testing on public streets. Although the M3 is a focused performance car, it is renowned for its split personality, capable of performing on the track as well as a luxury vehicle on the road...


BMW M3 Black Edition on sale in Australia
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BMW M3 Black Edition on sale in Australia

Matt black cars seem to be all the rage at the moment, and BMW is cashing in on their appeal. It has launched what it calls the BMW M3 Black Edition, and there are only a handful making their way down under. Twelve cars have been allocated to dealers already, and for an additional $17,100 over the standard M3, you get a raft of exterior and interior enhancements...


BMW M3 sedan could arrive before coupe
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BMW M3 sedan could arrive before coupe

One of our favourite cars here in the CarAdvice office is the ballistic BMW M3. Whether it's the stunning coupe or the practical sedan version, it's a brilliantly engaging drive, which is set to be improved upon by the release of the 2012 model. But in a first for the brand, the four-door M3 could be released before its coupe equivalent...


2014 BMW M3 spied on the Nurburgring again
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2014 BMW M3 spied on the Nurburgring again

BMW has been spotted once again testing a prototype version of the next BMW M3. The new version will launch in sedan form first, with the new coupe possibly set for an 'M4' badge later on. The BMW M3 will initially be available as a sedan. With the new BMW 3 Series coupe and convertible range rumoured to be called the BMW 4 Series, some have suggested the BMW M4 badge could debut on the upcoming high-performance coupe and convertible versions...


2014 BMW M3 spy shots
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2014 BMW M3 spy shots

BMW has been spotted testing a prototype version of the upcoming new BMW M3. This is the first time our spy photographers have captured the new model showcasing a relatively revealing exterior. The new 2012 BMW 3 Series hasn't even been released but it hasn't stopped BMW's M division getting hold of the new model and starting work on the next BMW M3...