BMW M3 Models and M3 History

The smallest vehicle in the BMW M line from the 1980s through the opening decade of the 21st century, the BMW M3 was lauded for excellent sport handling and their engines generating sizable horsepower. Following other famed M3 models, the 2009 version was the fourth-generation model and the first to use a V-8 engine. A 4.0-liter V-8 engine powering the 2009 BMW M3 generated 414-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission was offered standard on the 2009 BMW M3 but a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox was also available.


Available in a coupe, sedan or convertible body style, the high-performance M3 was given distinctive aerodynamic enhancements. The coupe model of the 2009 BMW M3 featured a carbon fiber roof. An update to the iDrive system was presented on the 2010 model year BMW M3. For greater sport handling, the 2011 BMW M3 offered a Competition Package that wore 19-inch BBS alloy wheels and an Alcantara steering wheel. Four unique paint colors are available only on the 2011 M3 Competition Package model.


The sedan version of the fourth-generation BMW M3 was discontinued after the 2011 model year. For 2012 and 2013, the BMW M3 was only offered with a coupe or convertible body style. An all-new 425-horsepower BMW M3 sedan has been prepared for the 2015 model year. Similar coupe and convertible models of the outgoing M3 will be classified as a BMW M4 in 2015.

New and Used M3 Prices, BMW M3 Model Years and History

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